Student Series: Keys To Writing A Phenomenal A+ English Paper

Updated on February 21, 2017 V Ron Dorn moreContact Author Welcome to the Student Series! The Student Series is designed to advise current or future students on all aspects of post-secondary life, from how to live healthily, to how to connect with your school and peers, to how to write a phenomenal paper. I consider myself somewhat of an expert on this topic; I was a university student for six years, and for two of those years I was a paid teaching assistant who graded all manner of assignments and exams. I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in English Language and Literature and World Language Studies from Queen’s University, and I have a Master’s of English and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. I have been the recipient of the Queen’s Excellence Scholarship, the Maureen Morgan English Scholarship, and the Avie Bennett Emerging Writer’s Award. I hope that gives you a little insight (and some confidence) into my qualifications to write on such subjects.

The introduction is easily the most important part of an essay. The introduction sets up your entire project and most professors will tell you they have a good idea of the grade they will assign from that beginning paragraph alone. As a teaching assistant who has graded hundreds of papers, I have to agree. Having a clean, clear, specific, and informative introduction not only gets your paper going on the right foot but also gives the reader an indication of both the direction and quality of the following paragraphs. Think of your introduction as a map. You are giving your reader the general route your essay will take. All of the major points you will make in your essay should be mentioned in your introduction. In high school, we are sometimes taught to start our introduction with a “hook” – an interesting sentence, perhaps a relevant quotation or statistic, that grabs the reader’s interest and “hooks” them into reading the rest. By the time you get to university, however, you will find that most professors aren’t interested in these kinds of flourishes – they want clarity and concision. You’d do better to begin straightaway with your topic.

I have also collected examples of miscommunications, and failure to belong in some parts of the forum due to choices made by individuals unwilling to negotiate their personal identity and authority. I am not yet to the point of narrowing down what it is exactly that I have to say, or a specific question to be investigated. I had originally planned on using Gee’s study of discourses considering that clearly there are dominant/non-dominant discourses at work here. I expected to find some interesting relationships in an online atmosphere due to the large part that visual cues such as body language, facial gestures, etc. play in effectively communicating through ASL. But as I delved deeper into the community, I began to recognize more examples of individuals challenging (or feeling challenged by) how they view themselves, each other, and those outside their community. I decided that Wardle’s article was more relevant. However, because I have not yet had that “aha! ” moment of interest, I may end up changing my mind. Reading totalfratmove is sort of like whitnessing a train wreck.

On this webite, people in fraternities and sororities post about the behaviors which they would consider to be “norms” for other members of greek life. Other people comment on these posts and rate them too. WArdle’s ideas about “identity” nd “authority” are easily appearant through these posting as you can tell which people are more popular than others and which ones are sort of new and not really sure of what some things might mean. I coud further analyze it. Elizabeth Wardle: Identity, Authority, and Learning to write in New Workplaces. The online digital community that chose to observe was the dance community. While reading the different blogs of dancers and spectators I discovered analytical principals Wardle used in her article. More specifically, Identity is often used. An example being: One of the bloggers I observed is clearly biased against a high school dance team and wants everyone to that he/she identifies (and embraces it) himself as another dance team’s fan.