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2010 Proposal example

In a small group, read and grade this APA-style example proposal. Use our criteria. Note any problems you see for our later discussion. Emily Hanna Rethinking Recycling: Why Reusing Needs to Be User Friendly Many people hold on to the belief … Continue reading

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Proposals and urgency

Consider these examples of early paragraphs in proposal essays.

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Humor

Thrill Me mentions repose in contrast with action. Could humor work as well? From the excellent 3 A.M. Epiphany, consider these two exercises. Draft an example of one that might work for your fiction portfolio.

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For workshop 23Oct17

“You know you can take a breath now.” I hear the displeasure in my voice but don’t care to change it. “You’d think that as long as you had been in my pond you’d need a good breath by now.” … Continue reading

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Final proposal planning

With the reading for today in mind, do the following. State your tentative thesis. Notice, from 364, “Come up with a tentative thesis that identifies the problem and proposes a solution. Use this statement to guide you as your write.” … Continue reading

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Quotation, paraphrase, and summary

Quotation: According to linguist Fredrick Jones, “this is a great location for words; not elsewhere” (128). Paraphrase: To paraphrase linguist Fredrick Jones, rather than some other spot, words ought to be placed here (128). Summary: To summarize linguist Fredrick Jones, … Continue reading

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Beginnings

  This exercise comes from Brian Kiteley’s excellent book The 3 A.M. Epiphany. We’ll talk about and slightly alter the exercise during class. After that exercise, complete this one. Constrast the two.

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