1) Select your primary text (or texts) – that is, the work(s) that you want to write about.

2) In 500 words or more, explain your choice. Why do you want to write about this author or text? What themes do you see at work in this text? What questions do you have in mind about your author or chosen text? What possible thesis do you have in mind for your essay?

The success of your essay will depend a great deal on the strength of your thesis. Although you may change your thesis as you proceed with the project, you should give it some serious thought even at this early stage. You may find it helpful to go back and look at the guidelines I have posted in the Course Content area under the heading: “Thesis: How to come up with a good one.”

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