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First Things First

Please go to the boards and post a description of either Harker or Dracula. As always, if you were telling someone who hadn't read the book about either one of these characters, what would you say?

Make sure you reply to at least two peers.

Initial post due by March 9 at 11:59 PM

Replies to peers due by March 11 at 11:59 PM




First of all, Fun Fact: Dracula is based on this guy, pictured to your left. Nice mustache.

So on the 18th, you have a paper due. As I mentioned before, you need to be focusing on organization since clear and simple organization helps a reader navigate your argument with ease. The easier something is to follow, the more effective it is at convincing someone.

Think about it. If an argument is complicated, you'll get lost, confused and frustrated, right? This is why it's important to have a thesis that makes it clear what your paper is about, to have strong assertions that make it clear what your paragraphs are about, and to use straightforward language that is easy to read and understand.

AEES is all about organization as well. You're creating a pattern that the reader can follow, so s/he knows how the information will be presented and can concentrate on the content. As you become more confident with organization, you'll realize that you can introduce ideas of greater complexity with ease.

Also keep this in mind. Soon, many of you will be applying for colleges, scholarships or jobs, and if you have to write a personal statement, you want that statement to be clear and easy to follow. Imagine what it's like to have to read literally thousands of personal statements. Do you think readers going to spend time trying to figure out what you're trying to say?

If you have any questions about any of these ideas, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Are you thinking about your research paper?



Remember this assignment from last week? Good.

Remember this AEES stuff? Excellent.

Time to "Frankenstein" (still works!) the two into a single assignment. Take the results of last week's assignment and use them to create an AEES paragraph, and then email it to me.

Email due by March 9 at 11:59 PM