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  1. How to Format an Academic Paper • Heading • Your Name • Professor’s Name • Course Title • Date • Paper Title • Centered • Plain text (not bold or italics) • Font: • 12 point • Times New Roman

  2. How to Format an Academic Paper • Spacing • Double-spaced • No extra spaces between paragraphs • Paragraphs • Each new paragraph must be indented • Indent=1/2 inch, or five spaces • Page Numbers • Upper right-hand corner, preceded by your name (ex. Jacobs 1)

  3. Parts of a Memoir • Focus on an event of some significance in the author’s life • Contains ample sensory details • Moments of dialogue that reveal something about the character or the event • Clear transitional phrases to connect each action and time to the next • Reflection on or analysis of the events to share their significance with the reader (Glenn, Guide, p. 113)

  4. Crafting Your Message • What message are you trying to share with your readers? • What reaction do you want from them? • Are you trying to move someone to action? • Make them reconsider a preconceived notion? • Make them reflect on your own life?

  5. Peer Review • What do you think the essay’s message is? • What reaction does it evoke from you as a reader?

  6. Introduction • Announces focal point and establishes ethos:

  7. Peer Review • Does the introductory paragraph do a good job of catching your interest? • If not, do you have a suggestion for how the author can improve it? • Is there another place in the essay that would make a stronger introduction?

  8. Body • Presents the main narrative through dialogue, strong sensory details, and a well organized narrative arc • Develops characters • Reflects and analyzes

  9. Body • Presents the main narrative through dialogue, strong sensory details, and a well organized narrative arc • Develops characters • Reflects and analyzes • Contains strong transitions between paragraphs. Strong transitions: • turn disconnected writing into a unified whole • help readers understand how paragraphs work together, reference one another, and build to a larger point • highlight connections between corresponding paragraphs. By referencing in one paragraph the relevant material from previous paragraphs, writers can develop important points for their readers. • It is a good idea to continue one paragraph where another leaves off. • If this is especially challenging, perhaps the paragraphs don't belong together at all

  10. Transition Examples Example: Overall, Management Systems International has logged increased sales in every sector, leading to a significant rise in third-quarter profits. Another important thing to note is that the corporation had expanded its international influence. Revision: Overall, Management Systems International has logged increased sales in every sector, leading to a significant rise in third-quarter profits. These impressive profits are largely due to the corporation's expanded international influence.

  11. Transition Examples Example: Amy Tan became a famous author after her novel, The Joy Luck Club, skyrocketed up the bestseller list. There are other things to note about Tan as well. Amy Tan has enough of a sense of humor to participate in the satirical garage band the Rock Bottom Remainders with Stephen King and Dave Barry. Revision: Amy Tan became a famous author after her novel, The Joy Luck Club, skyrocketed up the bestseller list. Though her fiction is well known, her work with the satirical garage band the Rock Bottom Remainders indicates a personality off the page as well as on it.

  12. Peer Review • Are the narrative events clear and well organized? • Are there strong descriptions to keep your attention? • Do the paragraphs flow well from one to the next? • Are there any places where there is too little or too much information? • Is the significance of the events to the author clear?

  13. Conclusion • Reinforces memoir’s message and leaves reader with an understanding of the story’s significance

  14. Peer Review • Did the conclusion offer further reflection on the events and their significance? • Or did it simply just present what you already knew? • Do you have any other questions or suggestions for the author?

  15. Peer Review: Complete Questions • What is the essay’s message? • What reaction does it evoke from you as a reader? Introduction • Does the introductory paragraph do a good job of catching your interest? • How the author can improve it? • Is there another place in the essay that would make a stronger introduction? Body • Are the narrative events clear and well organized? • Are there strong descriptions to keep your attention? • Do the paragraphs flow well from one to the next? • Are there any places where there is too little or too much information? • Is the significance of the events to the author clear? Conclusion • Did the conclusion offer further reflection on the events and their significance? • Or did it simply just present what you already knew? • Do you have any other questions or suggestions for the author?

  16. Homework • Read TEW, Ch. 7, pp. 64-89 • Comment on blog • Send the second draft of your memoir to me by noon on Thursday, 9/5