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Tutor profile: Karla K.

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Karla K.
Graduate Assistant, English Composition Instructor, and Tutor
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Subject: Writing

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What makes an argumentative essay effective?

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Karla K.
Answer:

An argumentative essay must take a strong, fact-based stance demonstrated in an arguable, plausible, and descriptive thesis statement. The thesis statement is the hook on which the rest of the essay is built. In order for one’s argument to be effective, all supporting points must lead back to the thesis statement, and they must be supported with clear evidence in the forms of facts, statistics, and anecdotes. While the most effective argumentative essay will need to appeal primarily to logos, ethos and pathos must be part of the equation as well, in order to lend credibility and emotional investment.

Subject: Literature

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In “The Great Gatsby,” what makes Jay Gatsby “great”?

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In one sense, Jay Gatsby is “great” because he has scaled the capitalist American structure and attained that which we define as the American Dream - great wealth and autonomy. However, his “greatness” is largely ironic due to its falsity, and Fitzgerald demonstrates this falsity in Gatsby’s demise, which we might interpret as a metastatement for Fitzgerald’s view of the American Dream.

Subject: English

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How do we define the genre known as children’s literature?

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Karla K.
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The genre known as children’s literature is generally considered that which is accessible to an audience that has not yet attained the age of majority and that centers on protagonists of a similar age bracket. The definitions shift as childhood itself is continually redefined, but these two points tend to remain constant,

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