ESSAY #2: the pact
For the first essay of ESL 828, we focused on how to:
- understand and practice writing as a process,
- develop a clear thesis and strong topic sentences,
- use specific, detailed examples to support the thesis/topic sentences, and
- write essay introductions and conclusions.
For this essay, we will review the previous skills and learn how to:
- use quotations, paraphrases, and summaries to support the thesis/topic sentences,
- write coherent and logically organized paragraphs, and
- use adjective clauses correctly.
You have read and written about The Pact by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, in which they describe their journey from the Newark housing projects to lives as successful doctors.
Write a well-organized and well-developed essay in which you analyze 2 or 3 factors that were most important in keeping ONE of the boys (George, Sam, or Rameck) out of trouble and on the path to success.
Consider factors such as different types of support they received from adults (from mentors and role models), the support they provided to one another, institutional support, their own personal characteristics, or any other factor that you think was important.
- In your introduction, briefly (3-5 sentences) summarize the book in your own words.
- In your essay, each body paragraph should focus on one factor that helped this individual succeed. The topic of body paragraphs may NOT be PEOPLE who give or receive support.
- Make sure to analyze why each factor is helpful to the person you chose. What does each factor provide him with? How does it help him avoid trouble or overcome obstacles and help him stay on the path to success?
- Because this is a memoir, you may choose which verb tense you want to use. You may use the present tense throughout the essay (including examples), or, if you prefer, use past tense throughout the essay (except for analysis). Whatever verb tense you choose, be consistent!
- The final draft of your essay should be typed, double-spaced and at least 3 pages long.
- You must correctly cite your source (The Pact) in the introduction (italicized book title and authors’ full names).
- Your essay must include at least one quotation from The Pact. Include page numbers in parentheses following every quotation. We will go over this in class.
- You must hand in your complete essay packet in class AND submit your final draft to WebAccess/Turnitin on the day the final draft is due.
- Your essay must also include the following underlined and labeled structures:
- three adjective clauses (AC)
- three transition words or phrases(TRANS) (For a list of these, see p. 33 of Longman Academic Series 4: Essays.)
Fri. March 10: Outline due
Wed. March 15: First draft due (in-class peer review)
Fri. March 17: The Pact Quiz #2
Mon. March 20: Second draft due/conferences
Mon. March 27: Third draft due (for proofreading)
Fri. March 31: FINAL draft due (and all other work you did for this essay). Final draft must also be submitted to WebAccess on this date