Expository Research Essay

Essay 2: Documented/Research and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian As stated in your syllabus, Essay 2: Documented/Research and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is worth 250 points or 25% of your total grade. The purpose of Essay 2 is to gain proficiency in the principles of critical analysis and college level writing techniques while employing MLA documentation. In order to exhibit this you will need to: • Critically analyze elements from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Present a critical thesis about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and develop it throughout the body using qualified critical sub-points and relevant observations of the human condition • Include a solid introduction (that follows the three step process) • Include a conclusion that does not contain new information but is not overly repetitive • Show critical analysis rather than the reporting of facts in a book-report or narrative type of style. • Adhere to Standard Professional English The elements above are similar to what you needed to do in Essay 1 (except this time the topic will be The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian). In Essay 2, you must also: • Incorporate your own personal experience in order to enhance the discussion of your subject matter. This can be done by using the 1st person appropriately while avoiding an unqualified 2nd person. If you choose to use the 1st person, your experience should be used concisely (usually no more than one paragraph, although you can choose to put 1-2 sentences of your first person experience in several paragraphs of the body); you should not tell your story from beginning to end (that would be a narrative rather than a critical essay). • Incorporate and correctly cite 1-2 outside sources that further qualify your analysis into your paper. Sources must be credible and relate to your specific topic/analysis. In addition to the above, you will need to: • Qualify all of your assertions either by your personal experience or through support by an outside source • Utilize elements of pathos, ethos, and logos and exhibit smooth transitions of thoughts throughout the essay (see lecture notes for more information). • Appropriately cite outside sources according to MLA standards within the text and in your Works Cited page. The sources you choose to support your analysis must be credible. Length requirement: The acceptable length for the Essay 2 is 3-4 pages, using the margin and font requirements as stated in the syllabus. The checklist and Works Cited page should be included but does not count towards the length requirement.

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