ENGLISH 124 Cuyamaca Cllege Our Pet Essay
This paper is a true essay in the classical sense that the writer should discover, articulate and express personal insights as they intersect with and circle around a specific topic or experience. Writing consultant Katherine Bomer in her publication “The Journey is Everything” states “The kind of writing I am arguing for in this book: prose pieces that are personal, lyrical, literary, descriptive, reflective, narrative, expository, philosophical, political, spiritual…all of the above.” Your goal? To craft an essay that has room for everything – essays linger, arouse, question, travel, contradict, reveal and expose the mind.
Successful essays will:
Be personal. Narrate your own story/experience in first person, cultivate voice
Set up the text, context and approach in a way that allows you to enter the conversation
Use at least one class/college/life idea or moment as a “touchstone” – a foundation for your inquiry
Explore the larger contextual elements (moment in history, geography, age, situation…)
Possess a controlling idea, but also be creative, organic, logical – not formulaic
Be honest and accurate – identify and name your ideas, places, moments, setting
Possess a thoughtful, creative conclusion – good essay have striking beginnings and endings
Include quoted credible sources (writers, current voices, critics, peer).
Use an epigraph to creatively contextualize your contribution to the conversation (see Wilde quote).
Audience: Your intended audience is up to you; it could be other class students (current or incoming), your professor, or any demographic you envision would benefit from your content.
Purpose: To grow through the act of writing, to pour yourself onto the page and write an essay you are proud of, to tell a story, make connections, push ideas and play with words in a way that is engaging – to essay.
Length: 5-6 pages long, MLA format & works cited page minimum of three outside credible (2 must be peer-reviewed) and varied sources.
I chose to write about my parent’s dog, how clever she is, how much she loves my parents, how she feels and acts when she sees my 4 years daughter. you need to write that as a real-life story and at the same time argue about how the pet is good with using two outside resources.