Pre-Drafts Grading: Essay #3 is worth 10% of your overall course grade.
*Since this is a close reading of the text, you should not consult outside sources, so there really should not be an issue with plagiarism, but just a reminder: Plagiarism, in all forms, will not be tolerated.
A close reading is not a line-by-line analysis of an entire text but rather a coherent argument based on such a painstaking examination.
Choose specific quotes and examples from the text that are relevant to your claims and use them in the service of supporting these ideas.
Remember that each quote/example should be introduced, explained/analyzed, relevant, and cited (using MLA style for in-text citations).
This essay should be written in the third person, and you should should not consult outside sources: this essay builds from a close reading of the excerpts of The Secret that we read together.if your essay thoughtfully explores some of the complications that arise when dealing with “happiness” using Byrne’s framework, that’s great!Make sure to construct an argument that is complex/interesting enough (the main claim is not straightforward or obvious) for you to be able to write a minimum of three full pages about it.You should also work to organize your paragraphs logically, each with one claim and supporting evidence.Unlike your blog posts, however, this essay should be organized around a clearly stated thesis that tells your reader the subject and thesis of your essay.Your essay should include: a focused thesis paragraph; body paragraphs provide additional claims and specific, concrete details/examples in support of both these claims and your overall thesis (do not keep repeating the same idea over and over again in different ideas); logical connections/transitions among sentences, paragraphs, and ideas (claims); a concluding paragraph.*Refer the Essay Formatting and Guidelines (that apply to all of our formal essay assignments) as well as to the Writing Resources posted on our course site more details in composing and structuring your essay.Due: Thursday, October 17th (submit to Dropbox one printed copy to class, stapled with all pre-drafts reflective Cover Letter) *If you do not turn in a final draft (a printed copy–complete with Cover Letter, pre-drafts, and peer review–and electronic copy through Dropbox) by the start of class the day it is due, you will receive no credit for the entire assignment. Late work will not be accepted and will receive no credit.If you do not turn in a complete, thoughtful first draft on time, you also forfeit your right to any feedback on your essay from me (either written feedback or conferencing with me during my office hours) and your peers (for peer review).If you run out of things to say, you probably have not asked enough genuine questions about the text.Trying to explore every possible aspect of the topic/text: Instead, generate a thesis (and subsequent claims) that you want to make about your specific topic and discuss how particular details (evidence) contribute to your thesis.