Critical Passages: Teaching the Transition to College by Kristin Dombek, Scott Herndon

By Kristin Dombek, Scott Herndon

This functional instruction manual examines the space among highschool and college-level writing guideline, proving lecturers with advice for aiding their scholars to make the transition from the five-paragraph pyramid to the considerate essay.

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1 that his final realization in the film is so satisfying. ” Thinking dialectically means challenging each thesis with an antithesis and then moving toward a synthesis between the two poles, but it also means occupying multiple perspectives simultaneously as a writer. The Pulp Fiction example is particularly useful because it shows a dialectical movement not only on the level of propositions, but in terms of the speaker’s position as well. It is because Jules implicates himself in this dilemma, articulating his position as more complicated than he would like it to be, that this dialectical move carries special weight.

Moreover, some professors will want topic sentences to organize students’ papers, and some will expect the kind of thinking that can only be done in periodic paragraphs. Marking these forms as the class progresses through its anthology of readings can help students to see what is happening in their own paragraphs. This work of pointing and naming can provide students with a vital basis for experimentation. 2. Like paragraphs, essays can be understood as organized by cumulative and periodic patterns, and bound by coordinate and subordinate modification.

My laugh turned inward as I realized the folly of this idea; her eight is still a lot hotter than my six, right? Evidently it must be, for my continual oblique glances at the television whenever she appears reveal my simultaneously secret and blatantly obvious desire to look like that. Why wouldn’t I? And why should I? What about this image has us so captivated and mesmerized? The series of responses to Spears’ jeans size that Tori stages here begins to articulate a thinking problem to which her whole essay will respond: Often women wrestle with a radical ambivalence about their relation to standards of beauty.

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