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Tutor profile: Heather H.

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Subject: Writing

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Question:

What is the basic structure of an introductory paragraph?

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Heather H.
Answer:

1. Begin with an attention grabber. The attention grabber you use is up to you, but it should immediately make someone want to read your essay. Think of it almost like a headline on the news ticker on your phone or the headline of a newspaper article. 2. If the attention grabber was only a sentence or two, add one or two more sentences that will lead the reader from your opening to your thesis statement. This should include a brief overview of your essay. Brief. Think of those points in your outline. How can you present them in a way that is succinct and organized? 3. Finish the paragraph with your thesis statement.

Subject: Literature

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What is the difference between literary analysis and reader response?

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Answer:

Reader Response is: - much shorter and focuses on usually only one or two thoughts. - more informal (may be written in first person; may include personal likes/dislikes, opinions, what you noticed, your reaction; informal language; not every point formally backed up with examples). This is most like an amazon review. - impressions that do not necessarily come directly from the text. Literary Analysis is: - longer -- usually multi-page with a works cited and/or bibliography. - more formal (written in third person, structured, all points backed up with examples and citations.) - includes how literary elements are at work to support the author's themes/intent. Or may be your individual analysis of the work. - subject to the recursive process – readers and multiple drafts.

Subject: English

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Question:

Is it okay to use I in a college essay?

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Heather H.
Answer:

1st Person Singular Some say not to use the word I in an essay. Others say it is fine. If you do use it, it is best to use 'I' only in an introduction (and possibly the conclusion), rather than in the body of the essay. The use of 'I' can negate your authority on the topic, by making it seem more of an opinion than a researched assertion. However, using I can make the essay more personal and therefore give it more impact. Regardless, follow the instructions of your professor.

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