Disciplinary Contrasts in Student Papers
For writer Robert: (I will additionally e-mail 2 articles) PART III: Write the Essay • The introduction should name the student writers, the two paper titles, the classes the papers were written for (if known), and where the papers were published. Identify each paper by genre and explain that you comparing and contrasting these genres. Your thesis should list the areas of similarity and differences. For example, “These papers are similar in format and references, but very different in rhetorical situation.” See Lunsford pp. 80-81 for help with introductions and pp. 58-60 for help with thesis statements. • You may use sub-headings to help organize your paper if you choose to, but this is not required. • Be sure to compare/contrast the two papers in all three areas above – rhetorical situation, format, and references – but some sections may be longer than others depending on how many similarities and differences there are. Focus on what you find to be most significant. • Each body paragraph should be about the same length, and no body paragraph should be longer than a page. See Lunsford pp. 68-80 for help with body paragraphs. • Avoid summarizing the content of the student paper. Focus on the questions in Part II instead. Include specific examples from the texts ONLY as needed in answering the questions. • This paper should not include personal experience unless you would like to refer to what you already know about the format or expectations for this type of paper. • Your conclusion should reiterate what you found most significant, but shouldn’t repeat your points word for word. You may make a personal connection here if you choose, focusing on how often you have written in these genres or when you expect to write in them in the future. See Lunsford pages 81-82 for help with conclusions. • Word choice and sentence structure should be formal and academic. Include a complete citation for both student papers in a style manual of your choice (see Lunsford and links in SacCT Class Files). Include a word count at the end. 750 words minimum. Post your paper here for a peer review.