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Part 1: Paper 1 Proposal — Introduction and Thesis For this part of the Discussion Board, please post your Paper 1 Introduction and Thesis for the entire 4-page paper. The thesis should occur at the end of the introduction and give an overview of your entire paper. Thus, your introduction and thesis are meant to be a roadmap for the entire paper and should address all three stories. (Attached below)
Your introduction should initially grab our attention and set up the context for the issue under discussion. Your introduction should do the following:
Grab our attention with a personal anecdote, a provocative question, statistics, surprising facts, etc. This should be brief. Avoid extensive “throat clearing.” Also avoid overly broad introductions of the following variety: “Since the beginning of time, people have had homes…”
Move quickly into discussion of the texts. Be specific and explicit.
Transition into your thesis.
When writing your thesis, use the following questions to help guide you:
Is the thesis arguable? In other words, might another reader of the texts disagree with your assessments? Is it clear?
Does it answer all the questions?
What in the thesis needs to be focused, or more specific? Often, these are too broad or vague in the beginning stages.
Part 2: Write a Body Paragraph
Select one quote from Menendez (not the quote you used in the Critique Paper). You are to create a body paragraph in which you use the quote sandwich technique we have covered in this course. This body paragraph could be one of the body paragraphs in your paper, which covers all three stories.
Below is a sample of embedding a quote, aka a quote sandwich, from another class on another topic. The paragraph shows a proper APA in-text citation. The yellow highlight below shows the topic sentence, which leads into the quote properly introduced and cited, as shown in the green highlights:
We tend to associate certain objects to specific places or people in our lives. These objects trigger memories for us, and at times can deliver comfort when we need it most. In the story “Porcelain,” the narrator explains, “Back home in the city, Marion opened up the cardboard box and found not a clay pot but Amelia’s partially reassembled vase” (Rose-Innes, 2014, p. 45). This gift served as a reminder of her aunts and the love they have for her. In this way, Marion connects home with the people who care for and support her, whoever and wherever they may be. Please note these details in APA formatting. Observe these details in crafting the citations, or else you will lose several points. There is a space after the quote introduction:
>the narrator explains,[insert space]”Back
There’s also a space after the closing quotation mark, after the commas in the parentheses, and after “p.” >vase”[insert space](Rose-Innes[insert space]2014,[insert space]p.[insert space]45)
Part 3: Respond to 2 Peers by Sunday Night
For the final part of the discussion board, please respond constructively to 2 peers’ proposals (introduction & thesis). Peer Review Guidelines:
Please choose 2 peers to respond to who have posted their proposals before This means just look at the time of the posting. This is to ensure that everyone gets feedback from a peer.
Write your feedback in complete sentences with 75-125 words for each of your two responses.
In addition to your general impressions, check to see that the introduction has all the elements mentioned in the Introduction Guidelines
Check to see that the thesis addresses the 4 questions listed in the Thesis Guidelines
Sample Introduction, Thesis, and Body Paragraph:
Part 1: Intro
The definition of “home” is different for every single person whether it be sitting on the couch of their parents’ house, cooking dinner in their first apartment, or even rooting for their high school football team at their alma mater. Off the bat, many would say that the definition of home is where a person lays their head at night but when digging deeper, home is much more complicated, especially for those who moved far away from their childhood homes. In the short stories,
“Absence” by Daniel Alarcon, “Ghosts” by Ana Menéndez, and “Horses” by Heidi North-Bailey, the main characters are all going through a period of transitioning into their new home by looking at memories from their past. In these short stories, Wari, Anna, and the narrator of “Horses” connect their current experiences in their new home and culture to past occurrences in order to create a new sense of home.[Thesis]
Part 2: Body Paragraph
In the short story “Ghosts” by Ana Menéndez, the narrator Anna is cleaning out her deceased tenant’s apartment when she finds a suitcase full of the tenant’s old memories such as letters from friends and family and photographs of past experiences. This sends Anna spiraling into her own past, questioning her childhood and her present life. Anna deals with the fact that she has built a new life in the U.S. and no longer uses her childhood home as a form of comfort.
Menéndez (2016) writes, “So much time gone by. Anna grasps at the blurred edges of her childhood, the past no longer the certain shelter she imagined for herself. Is it like this for everyone, or only for those who leave?” (p. 47). [Notice here that if you have a question mark at the end of the quote, you must include the question mark. Usually if there’s just a period you wouldn’t include it inside of the quotation mark.] In this statement, Anna is uncertain whether everyone feels this disconnect to their childhood home or just those who leave it behind. With this quote, she solidifies the fact that her life in the U.S. has forced her to create a new sense of home here, so much so that she can no longer seek shelter in the place where she always thought she could, her childhood.
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