Final Essay Prompt: Â David Sedarisâ€™ â€œUndecidedâ€: Â Agree or Disagree?
Assignment: Â Please read the class handout “Undecided” by David Sedaris. Â When youâ€™re finished, you will need to write an essay wherein you will:
- Identify the authorâ€™s main argument and at least two (2) key supporting points.
- Then either agree or disagree with the authorâ€™s point and support your position with specific examples drawn from your own experiences and/or observations.
Procedure: Â This is an argumentative essay, so with that in mind, please stick to the following organization when writing this essay:
- Intro Paragraph â€“ Introduce the topic (Sedarisâ€™ article), provide some context (what the article is about), and end with your thesis statement that specifically states whether you agree or disagree with Sedaris and why.
- Body Paragraph 1 â€“ Identify Sedarisâ€™ main point and no less than two (2) key supporting points he makes in the article.
- Body Paragraph 2 â€“ Agree or disagree with Sedaris, giving one specific reason why.
- Body Paragraph 3 â€“ Agree or disagree (obviously if you agreed with him in the previous paragraph, then youâ€™ll agree with him in this paragraph) with Sedaris, giving one specific reason why.
- Conclusion â€“ Follow the standard method of writing a conclusion ending with a final thought on the subject matter.
The successful paper will do the following:
- Focus on the topic provided with adequate examples/examination of this topic
- Provide evidence (quotes) that demonstrate the theme/topic youâ€™re analyzing
- Demonstrate critical thinking, reading, and writing skills by making sound claims and supporting them with evidence in an organized and logical manner
- Include a well-defined thesis statement in the introduction
- Have well organized body paragraphs that stick to the structure discussed in class (Topic Statement, Context, Evidence, Analysis, and Transition)
- Come to a conclusion that moves beyond summary
Please Do NOT:
- Pose any rhetorical questions (there should be no question marks in this essay unless part of a direct quote).
- Use quotes that are longer than 4 lines â€“ No Block Quotes Please.