Ivilize Them With a Stick by Mary Crow Dog
This essay should be a critical response to one of the essays we have covered in your text. This means that you must find something that the author says with which you disagree (even if you agree with the essay as a whole). You may do some outside research, but you should focus primarily on the essay itself for your analysis.
This essay should be no less than 5 and no more than 7 paragraphs long. The first paragraph should introduce your overall thesis and briefly touch on what will be covered more fully in the following paragraphs. Each paragraph should be no less than 5 and no more than 7 sentences long. The first sentence should be a topic sentence stating your main idea. All other sentences should support this main idea. The last sentence is the a?clinchera? sentence, and restates or summarizes the main idea. Attempt to use a variety of sentences differing in both length and structure.
Your first paragraph should identify the essay youare writing about and demonstrate a clear understanding of its main idea or ideas. Most importantly, your first paragraph should contain your thesis (a statement of your critical response to the essay youare writing about), which is in disagreement with one of the ideas in the essay you are writing about.
The paper that follows should be an analysis of the essay idea you are disagreeing with (not a summary). State your writeras idea and briefly but fairly give the gist of your writeras argument.
You may then respond to the argument in part or in whole, supporting what you say. When quoting the essay or any other source, cite the quote according to MLA guidelines (see MLA citation instructions in your handbook).
Include in the upper left corner: Your Name
Type on a computer using 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced.