Write a 3-4 page (approximately 1400 words) explaining a concept essay in Modern Language Association format (MLA) about a concept that interests you and that you want to study further. The concept you choose to explain may be related to your college courses, identity and community, or career and work. When you have a good understanding of the concept, explain it to your readers, considering carefully what they already know about it and how your essay might add to what they know.
- Begin with a clearly written introductory paragraph. A focused concept that is neither too narrow nor too broad, explicitly identified in a thesis statement, will be clearly evident.
- Body paragraphs will develop the main ideas stated in the introduction, which may be anticipated by a forecasting statement. The paragraphs will be appropriately detailed and demonstrate strong unity, coherence, and development. Each paragraph will support the thesis statement, and contain transitions to help the reader easily shift from topic to topic.
- The conclusion will remind readers what they have learned from reading the essay by summarizing the information presented.The conclusion may also give advice on how to apply that information or speculate about the future of the concept Grammar and mechanics will be free of error. Editing will be thorough.
- Following the conclusion will be a properly formatted Works Cited page, containing at least three sources.
Your essay should incorporate some if not all of the techniques of this genre of writing as explained in our Module 04 reading assignments. The best essays will make good use of the following: an engaging introduction to the concept through anecdotes, rhetorical questions, epigraphs, and inclusive or conversational language; an explicit thesis and forecasting statement; thesis support in the form of expert sources, examples, and specifics; clear definitions of terminology; logical classification of information; and transition words and sentences.
Works Cited Page & MLA Formatting Requirements:
- Three sources should be cited.
- Sources can be any combination of print or electronic sources.
- Sources should be listed alphabetically .
- In-text citation in the form of signal phrases and parenthetical citations to identify your sources are required throughout the essay.
***For the purpose of this assignment, your explanation should be interesting, meaningful, logical, and informative. Give careful consideration to your audience, and what they might already know or think about your concept.