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ENC 1102 - Wycha (East Campus): Organization

Research Unit

Organization

Organization:

Intro: Use an effective introduction strategy (Unit 1) that includes a brief introduction to the author AND the story you’re writing about. Transition smoothly into a clear thesis statement that asserts how the author’s life may have influenced or inspired specific topics in his or her short story.

Body paragraphs: Alternate between author information and how that information has influenced a specific topic in the short story you chose. This could look two ways:

  1. Write one paragraph about the author information and then the next paragraph about how that information influenced the short story. For example…
    1. Piece of author information (one body paragraph)
    2. How that author information influenced the short story (next body paragraph)
    3. Next piece of author information (one body paragraph)
    4. How that next piece of author information influenced the short story (next body paragraph)
    5. Repeat as needed

  1. Alternatively, the info and influence could be housed in the same paragraph.
    1. Author information and how that author information influenced the short story (same paragraph)
    2. Next piece of author information and how that author information influenced the short story (next paragraph)
    3. Repeat as needed

The decision for how you organize body paragraphs (option 1 or 2, or a combination of these) is up to you. Just make sure you give enough attention to both pieces (author info and influence on story) because this essay is not simply a biography, and it is not simply an analysis of a short story. It requires you to think critically and make connections.

*Note: Don’t write a whole biographical section and then a whole story section. The organization needs to be more purposeful than that (see above).

Conclusion: Use an effective conclusion strategy (Unit 1) that logically ends

                        the essay.