Lesson 3

The Goal:

In this lesson you will continue to learn about citation techniques, and you will learn more about revision techniques. You will also write your first essay for the course, an analytical essay. Keep in mind that writing for a college course means writing for an academic audience, so using first or second person, except for an example in an essay, is not usually acceptable. You also want to make sure you are keeping the tone formal for that audience, so sarcasm and exclamation marks are not usual in such essays.


What to Read:

  1. * “Hitting Bottom' by Chris Norris from The New York Times
  2. *“Everything Changes, or Why MLA Isn’t (Always) Right' by Janice R. Walker in Writing Spaces, Vol 2


 Paper #1:

Paper #1:

Your first paper! This should be a demonstration of your understanding of an “Analysis' essay about some aspect of culture. Please see Paper 1 Requirements for complete details on what is expected of you.

Here are some examples of analysis essays to help you get a better grasp of what your instructor is looking for:

Sample Rhetorical Analysis Essay from Iowa State University

Please Note: This is an analysis of an article, which is not an ideal example (was given to me by English Department, not my own choice). If you decide to analyze an article, the majority of the essay needs to be about why that article is or is not good/accurate/fair. This means you will need other sources on the topic of the article to prove your point.


Using the comments made by your instructor on your first paper, revise according to the suggestions. If you receive a higher grade on this paper, it will replace the first grade you received.


Go to the Discussion page for your section and contribute to Discussion #3


Submission Checklist:

  • 2-paragraph contribution to the Discussion page for your section: either UX1, UX2, or UX3. (30 points)
  • Paper 1- 100 points