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Benjamin Franklin Essay

1020 words - 5 pages

Questions: (choose one) ….3-4 page paper, 900 – 1200 words.
1. One of the over-arching themes in Franklin’s Autobiography is that of self-improvement. Franklin intends for his own experience to serve as a model for others. Discuss key ways that Franklin presents his story as an illustration of self-improvement. Is he successful in the attempt? What motivates him toward this attempt? Does he strike you as a self-promoter or a genuinely benevolent man desirous of helping others? In your answer, use specific examples from the book to illustrate your points.
A: Opening Franklin Autobiography intention of self improvement
B Key ways Franklin presented his story as illustration of ...view middle of the document...

While reading can be quite pleasurable, it will take time to understand the author's main arguments. Do not wait until the last minute to read.
2) Highlight and/or take notes.  I recommend doing both.  Mark the author's most important points. Keep asking yourself why did the author write what he/she wrote.
3) Make use of the author's chapters and divisions within chapters. Identify the major themes of each section.
4) Review what you read. You will not understand the author's arguments completely with just one reading. More than likely, you will need to study them several times.

Tips for Writing:

1) Content - Read the assignment carefully. Make sure you understand what the professor wants you to do and what the questions ask for.
2) Organization - Your essay should be divided into three distinct parts: an introduction, the body, and a conclusion.
1) In your introduction (generally one paragraph), you should introduce your main arguments in your essay and present a clear thesis statement.
2) In your body (at least three, but generally more than three, paragraphs), you should define and analyze your arguments. You should provide specific examples and/or quotes to support your assertions.
3) In your conclusion (generally one paragraph), you summarize your main arguments and reiterate your thesis statement.
B) Before writing your paper, make an outline that is divided into the above parts.
C) Make sure your paper has a persuasive thesis, and each paragraph contains a clear theme.
D) Keep your paragraphs to reasonable lengths. Paragraphs that are either too short or too long are not normally effective.  A good rule of thumb is to keep your paragraphs to an average of about ten lines.
E) Use quotes sparingly and avoid long ones (over five lines). Only quote when you cannot say it better. If you do quote, make sure you cite where it originated
F) Make sure you include page numbers with all citations.
3) Grammar and Punctuation
A) With very few exceptions, the best essays in this class will be the ones that undergo several revisions. In your revisions, check for grammatical errors, organizational problems,...

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