1)Introduction: You will need to have a lead-in statement or two that generally introduce the topic at hand, introduce the poets and titles of the poems you are analyzing, give some useful background information about both poems, and have a very specific thesis statement that communicates to the reader what theme joins the poems. You will want to end the paragraph with an essay map that states the elements you will be using in your body paragraphs.
2)Body Paragraphs: You will need to begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence that communicates what element will be discussed. As you discuss the poems, use examples to describe how the element is used in each poem. Be sure and discuss how the use of that element in each poem is either similar or different. You will have a total of three body paragraphs for this paper. Remember to also address your theme in your paragraphs.
3)Conclusion: In this paragraph you want to address the So What? questionSo what should your readers think about these elements and how each is used by the poets? What do you want them to know about your theme? Is it important to understanding the poems? How do all three elements work together? What do you want your readers to take away from your essay? What should they think about the similarities and differences that exist in the poems?
4)Works Cited Page/Citations: You will need to include an MLA formatted Works Cited page and correctly use in-text citations throughout your essay when using direct quotes or specific examples and/or ideas from the poems. (Please refer to Ch. 25 in your Simon & Schuster.)
When you are writing your essay, you will be developing your point of view (thesis) through each body paragraph you write. Everything you have to say must be supported with evidence from a range of sources. Your real skill as a writer will be to integrate your ideas and your backup evidence so that they flow seamlessly and convincingly through your essay. Synthesising is a specialised skill whereby you summarise similar ideas from more than one source of information.Balancing evidence means that you will weave together information from different sources into your body paragraph. There are three strategies you can use to present evidence in your essay: paraphrasing, summarising (which includes synthesising) and direct quoting. As your assignment has been set to challenge you to investigate, interpret and use research on a topic, your essay will need to be a balance of evidence from others’ information and your personal opinion and experience.Use the slider on the seesaw in Exercise 1 to get an idea of the consequences of using other people’s ideas TOO much, OR using your own ideas ONLY without backup from authoritative sources.Synthesising is a complex skill that you use to develop your body paragraphs. It requires you to draw together your ideas, supported by the similar and sometimes contradictory ideas of others. Let’s consider the essay topic:Discuss why assignment essays are common assessment tasks in undergraduate tertiary coursework, and evaluate the effectiveness of assignments as an avenue for learning.A paragraph from this question may deal with the advantages of assignments over examinations. Exercise 2 demonstrates that you can synthesise information that is common to authors. Synthesising evidence makes your writing more powerful as you are demonstrating that an idea is supported by a number of authorities:RULE: When you are citing several authors at once IN-TEXT, you should present the author’s names alphabetically, and each reference is separated by a semicolon (;). Generally, the page or paragraph numbers are not required except for direct quotes.The techniques for successful synthesising may be picked up quickly if you know a few strategies. You can use a step-by-step approach. The order of each step is fairly intuitive. Try to put the following six steps in the correct order.
Each Body Paragraph:
Should have its own topic sentence
A rhetorical analysis essay breaks a work of non-fiction into parts and then explains how the parts work together to create certain effects.