Avid Mas Masumotoas Wisdom of the Last Farmer”

Essay: Wisdom of the Last Farmer

For this essay, you may choose from one of the following prompts:

1) Write an essay in which you discuss what lessons Masumoto learns from his father throughout his tenure on the farm. How does he apply these lessons to other aspects of his life?

2) Write an essay in which you discuss the physical objects Masumoto either values or sees as barriers in life on the farm. Why does he value or despise these objects? What lessons does he learn from using or otherwise dealing with these objects?


i?¶ Your introduction must summarize the book as it relates to your topic.

i?¶ Your thesis must be the last sentence of your introduction and must reveal your overall position.

i?¶ Each topic sentence should reveal a specific point.

i?¶ You must refer to at least one passage from the book in each body paragraph to clarify or support your explanation. Be sure to fully explain your analysis of particular passages in each paragraph.

i?¶ You must use at least one book review in at least one body paragraph. A few can be found on Masumotoas website (). You should also feel free to browse the libraryas online databases, such as Proquest and Literature Resources from Gale.

i?¶ In your conclusion, donat merely reiterate your points. Be sure to also push forward your argument.

i?¶ Your essay must reach at least 4 pages.

i?¶ Your essay must be relatively free of grammar issues.

i?¶ You must follow MLA format in your in-text citations and the works cited page.

Outline for Essay #2
I. Introduction
a. Hook a question, quote, scenario (transition into the rest of the intro)
b. Introduce book: authoras full name, Title, main point of the book
c. Summarize book briefly as it relates to your topic
d. Thesis:
i. 1) Lessons he learns + dominant idea (how the lessons connect or a common way he applies them)
ii. 2) Objects he uses + dominant idea (the overall type of lesson he learns from using them)
e. Do not introduce the (secondary source) book review in the introduction, wait for its own body paragraph
II. Body Paragraphs
a. Topic sentence
i. 1) Lesson + how he learns it + how he applies it
ii. 2) Object + type of lesson + why or how
b. Back up the topic sentence
c. Set up the quote a introducing with context (whatas going on in the book around that time)
d. a?Quotea? or paraphrase
e. Explain the meaning of the quote (do a close reading)
f. How does the quote connect to your other quotes in the paragraph and to the topic sentence
g. Follow steps c-f for additional quotes
h. Concluding sentence a reemphasize the topic sentence and how your examples tie into it
III. Conclusion
a. Re-emphasize your thesis (in different words)
b. Push forward your idea; what a reader could take away from the book