essay for english 120 10

  • Required Research/Readings: Any two of the Following:

“Where Did You Get That Name?” by Baratunde Thurston

“The Curse” by Alexander Chee

“Why I Write” by George Orwell

Excerpts from Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceÔ” by Rebecca Roanhorse

“What is the Morally Appropriate Language…” by Arundhati Roy

Prompt: Your goal is to analyze both your own approach and history with reading and writing (Narative)and reflect on the things you have learned or plan to incorporate from the two sources you have chosen (Response).

Your thesis should reflect your relationship with reading and writing, and/or the effect reading has had on your life. The first part of your essay should mirror a format like “The Lonely, Good Company of Books,” “One Writer’s Beginnings” or “Superman and Me” where you tell the story of your relationships with books. The second half of your essay, should be focused on the following: An analysis of either strategies and devices you would like to emulate or reproduce in your own writing (aka things in the three sources you would like to use) or strategies and devices you will never use or reproduce in your writing because of the author’s inaffective application in the work. (Basically, in this part of the essay, I would like you to reflect on the two sources you have chosen and talk about what you really liked or what you really hated, and how you can implement those thing in your own writing.)


  • Length: 3-5 pages (This does not include your Works Cited page)
  • You will need
    • Introduction (including a hook, background information, and your thesis)
    • Body paragraphs (including examples from the texts as well as your narrative and analysis of outside sources)
    • Conclusion

  • You may choose to end your essay with a reflection on how your relationship with words has changed because of the knowledge gained from the sources you have chosen.
  • Each Paragraph can be divided into the 3 PIE Format Point Information Explanation.
  • Format of An Essay Paragraph
  • 1: Introduction Paragraph
    2: Body Paragraph 1 Paragraph
    3: Body Paragraph 2 Paragraph
    4: Body Paragraph 3 Paragraph
    5: Conclusion