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Is your essay an essay?

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Is your essay an essay?

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  1. Is your essay an essay? I don’t know.

  2. What is an Essay? • I • don’t • know.

  3. Okay. I'll try: • What does it look like? • What does it contain? • How many paragraphs? • Who told you/taught you this? • Have you received conflicting info on how to write an essay? • Do you agree/disagree with these teachings?

  4. How much practice have you had in writing essays?

  5. More personal questions. • Who is the audience for your essay?

  6. How does an essay differ from other types of writing? Paragraph Essay • 5 elements of a paragraph • T_____ S_______ • SD1 + FEED • SD2 + FEED • SD3 + FEED • C_______ S_________ • 5 elements of an essay • T______ S________ • BP1 (Add more FEED) • BP2 (Add more FEED) • BP3 (Add more FEED) • C_______________

  7. What makes boring writing? Professor reading Boring-Writing Professor reading Beautiful-Writing

  8. Paul Graham, "The Age of the Essay" Quotations will follow from his essay, but read the essay, because, to be honest, I will provide a mere FRACTION of the interesting stuff that he talks about. Click on the link in Pasport that I titled, “Is your essay an essay?” I will now begin his quotations. Thank you for your patience.

  9. Cool Quotation 1: Truth • “An essay is supposed to be a search for truth. It would be suspicious if it didn’t meander.”

  10. Did I mention this is the first powerpoint I created? (Cool Quotation 2: A River) • An essay is like a river. • “I’d much rather read an essay that went off in an unexpected but interesting direction than one that plodded along a prescribed course.”

  11. Quotation 3: Surprise • He says that essays should surprise us. He talks a lot about this, and he speaks quite eloquently. • Read the essay.

  12. What "surprise" looks-like in a picture. But if you were to write about it, you wouldn't have a picture. Then what would you do to show surprise? (Let's chat about it this semester.)

  13. Half 'n Half • He says that half of essay writing is thinking a LOT about what you write, before you write and as you write and after you write. • He says that the other half is becoming a ferret. I will now find a picture of a ferret.

  14. A ferret

  15. He says to be an assiduous ferret. • Assiduous: • Constant, unrelenting • Constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task; persevering; industrious; attentive • Ferret: • A domesticated, usually red-eyed, albinic variety of the polecat, used in Europe for driving rabbits and rats from their burrows • To search out, discover, or bring to the light

  16. He says to question. • “It’s a good idea to have a habit of asking questions, especially questions beginning with Why. But not in the random way that three year olds ask why.” • Ask about things that seem WRONG. • I do that. • But sometimes it gets me in trouble.

  17. Disobedience. (My email quotation) • “Above all, make a habit of paying attention to things you’re not supposed to, either because they’re ‘inappropriate,” or not important, or not what you’re supposed to be working on. If you’re curious about something, trust your instincts.”

  18. Notebooking. • “I write down things that surprise me in notebooks. I never actually get around to reading them and using what I’ve written, but I do tend to reproduce the same thoughts later. So the main value of notebooks may be what writing down what leaves in your head.”

  19. His LastWords on Writing: • “If there’s one piece of advice I would give about writing essays, it would be: don’t do as you’re told. Don’t believe what you’re supposed to. Don’t write essays readers expect; one learns nothing from what one expects.” • “AND DON’T WRITE THE WAY THEY TAUGHT YOU TO IN SCHOOL.” • ?!?!?!

  20. My last words: Until we meet again, be like the ferret.

  21. How? • Look around you carefully. • Use your senses to detect stuff that doesn’t “feel right.” • Eavesdrop, everywhere. • Get a little notebook and “notebook.” • Take a day and be silent. Just listen. • Look, listen, eavesdrop because it’s all going-into Your Writing. • Read writers. You pick up their techniques. Steal them.

  22. Develop…… • A determination to know The Truth: Your Own and Others. • A determination to know yourself, at any cost. • That’s it. That’s at the core of every writer’s heart.