compare and contrast
Your first essay will compare and contrast three people in HL: Rebecca Skloot, Henrietta, and one of the doctors/scientists, noting the similarities and differences between a set of two or more characters.
Write a short introduction and thesis statement (We have not discussed introductions yet, so just do the best you can with it). Strategies for drafting an introduction, pages 28–30 (1e);Where in The Bedford Handbook will you find advice about drafting a thesis statement? Pages 19–25 (1c)
*Write three body paragraphs: one about each person. Be sure each paragraph has a topic sentence and is about 5-6 sentences long. Be sure to use examples from the book to support your topic sentences. See Thesis statements and quote integration for instructions about how to prepare a thesis statement and to cite quotes in MLA format. Use the MLA formatted Word document located under Start Here. WARNING: Do not use online citation generators for MLA format. The generators are often incorrect.
Clear and focused topic sentences: Where in The Bedford Handbook will you find advice to help you write clear topic sentences and unify your paragraphs? Pages 72–74 (3a)
You are writing a research paper and are uncertain how to punctuate quotations. You wonder whether the punctuation goes inside or outside the quotation marks. Where in The Bedford Handbook will you find instructions for punctuating quotations?
Pages 442–445 (37e)
Transitional words and phrases:
- helps papers read more smoothly
- provide logical organization and understandability
- improve the connections and transitions between thoughts
Transitions indicate relations, whether within a sentence, paragraph, or paper.
This list illustrates “relationships” between ideas, followed by words and phrases that can connect them.
also, again, as well as, besides, coupled with, furthermore, in addition, likewise, moreover, similarly, comparatively, correspondingly, identically, similar, moreover, together with, by the same token
conversely, instead, on one hand, on the other hand, on the contrary, rather, yet, but, however, nevertheless, in contrast
after all, all in all, all things considered, briefly, by and large, in any case, in any event, in brief, on the whole, in short, in summary, in the final analysis, in the long run, on balance, to sum up, to summarize, finally, in essence, in other words, in short
for example, for instance, for one thing, as an illustration, illustrated with, as an example, in this case, chiefly, especially, for instance, in particular, markedly, namely, particularly, including, specifically, such as
*Write a conclusion (Again, this can be very short since we haven’t discussed conclusions yet.) Strategies for drafting a conclusion, pages 33, 36–37 (1g)
*The essay should be about 500 words long