English essay #5 and outline.

  Exercise #3: “Shitty” First Drafts

Your third exercise asks that you produce a “Shitty First Draft”. By “Shitty First Draft”, I mean you should try and write a rough version of your essay.  After you read Lamott’s essay on Moodle, you will understand this assignment more.  Although this assignment is a partial essay, you should at least have your introduction written and the rest of the essay outlined.

►Write a Draft of your paper that shows your awareness of the issue or one’s own identity. It is not a complete draft, but a partial draft. You should use the “Word Picture” and the “Scene” as pre-planning work.

Manuscript Notes: Your Draft should at least be two pages. At least, it must include an introduction, body paragraphs outlined, and the beginnings of a conclusion.  








Essay 2-Rhetoric of Text (@4-6 Pages)

For this essay, you are required to use V for Vendetta and our supplementary texts as idea generators for argumentative topics. 


What does this mean? In particular, you should find a theme from within the text and write an essay that argues something about the theme and it uses V for Vendetta as evidence of this theme.


When mining V for Vendetta for themes to explore, there are many topics to consider, including:

  • The Internet and Censorship
  • Privacy
  • Piracy/The Pirates Bay
  • Controlling Information Through Controlling the Internet
  • Government Control/ Police States
  • The Anonymous Movement
  • The Removal of Civil Liberties
  • Freedom of Information




Optional Assignment: 

Write a rhetorical analysis of a text of your choice, where you explore the message or meaning of the text through the rhetorical strategies the author of the text uses (ethos, pathos, logos).


Note: For the subject of this paper, you may use any of the texts we worked with in class or you can choose a new text. You can use poetry, music/lyrics, paintings, photography, your own work (writing or artwork). A student last semester wrote a rhetorical analysis as a means of gaining understanding of a confusing ad she saw. Another student wrote about the movie Mean Girl’s use of ethos, logos, and pathos and other rhetorical devices.


Manuscript Notes: This essay should be four to six double-spaced pages and calls for MLA documentation; you must include a “Works Cited” list at the end of your essay. When you quote key phrases or clauses from your written text(s), you must provide parenthetical documentation.  



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