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English 109—Second Assignment: Concept Paper

Requirements: Three pages in standard MLA Format.

Font: 12-point Times New Roman or its equivalent (Arial, Verdana, Calibri).

Peer Review Date: October 3rd, 2008.

Due Date: October 10th, 2008.



Write an extended definition of a term or concept that interests you, and which you want to study further. When you have a good understanding of the concept, explain it to your readers, considering carefully what they already know about it and what your essay might add to their understanding.


Remember, your Concept Essay will go beyond mere dictionary definition to a clear, concise, and functional understanding of the concept, based on explanation, illustration, comparison, anecdote, and example.
Steps:


  • Discovery

-Select a topic.

  • Determining Rhetorical Stance

-Define your readers.

-Determine what they need to know and how best to present the material.

-What is your goal in relationship to your readers?


  • I
    Basics—Writing a Concept Paper:
     Name, introduce, and define your

    concept.


     Break the concept down into parts.

     Explain each part.

     Illustrate the parts with examples,

    anecdotes, comparisons, etc.

     Briefly review or sum up what

    you have said.


    nvention and Pre-Writing


-Freewrite.

  • Gathering Data

-Conduct research.

-Become an expert on your topic.



  • Planning and Organizing

-Determine your approach to your topic.

  • Outlining

-Create an outline of your essay.

  • Composing/Drafting

-Write the first draft.

  • Reviewing

-Re-read your essay, alone, and in company with others.

-Reconceive the essay.



-Make adjustments, rewriting parts of your essay where necessary.

  • Editing

-Read through your essay a sentence at a time.

-Make improvements where necessary, so that every sentence is readily understood.



  • Proofreading

-Read your work word-by-word, and punctuation mark by punctuation mark.

-Make any necessary adjustments.



  • Publishing

-Hand in the final draft of your essay.


For a list of possible essay topics, consult Reading Critically, Writing Well, p. 284.

Possible Concept/Definition Topics


  • Art

Cubism

Expressionism

Impressionism

Modern Art

Pointillism

Surrealism



  • History

Dark Ages

Medieval


Middle Ages

Renaissance



  • Music

Hip-Hop

Jazz


Heavy Metal

Rap


Rhythm and Blues

Rock


  • Literature

Classicism

Fable


Fairy tale

Mythology

Legend

Naturalism



Poem

Realism


Romanticism

Sonnet


Transcendentalism

  • Politics

Communism

Conservatives

Democrats

Liberals


Libertarians

Pacifism


Republicans

Socialism



  • Psychology

Ego

Id

Megalomaniac



Rosenthal Effect

Self-fulfilling prophecy

Superego

Schizophrenic



  • Religion

Bodhisattva

Buddhism


Catholicism

Chrisitianity

Doctrine

Dogma


Faith

Heaven


Hell

Heretic


Hinduism

Holy Spirit

Justification

Liturgy


Martyr

Monotheism

Mormonism

New Age


Nirvana

Orthodox


Polytheism

Priest


Protestant

Prophet


Reincarnation

Relic


Rite

Rites of passage

Saint

Salvation



Scientology

Sin


Theosophy

  • Science

Black holes

Brownian Motion

Evolution

Ockham’s Law

Quantum Physics

String Theory



Wormholes

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