E. versus T.

Today, you are going to write a short essay examining the writings of Emerson & Thoreau.

Start with an introduction giving some background information on the the American Romantics & Transcendentalists.  This should be short and can come directly from your notes.  End your intro with a sentence that previews the two authors and/or their selections (include titles here or introduce in your body when you quote).

The first body paragraph should start by summarizing the author you are looking at (include title of selections).  In your own words, paraphrase the main ideas of the author. Include a quote or two to demonstrate his main ideas.  Make sure you follow the tag+quote+cite+explain format to cite evidence.

The second body paragraph should summarize the second author you are looking at (include title of selections).  In your own words, paraphrase the main ideas of the author. Include a quote or two to demonstrate his main ideas.  Make sure you follow thetag+quote+cite+explain format to cite evidence.

Your final body paragraph should compare/contrast the two authors.  Use quotes from each author to show their similarities / differences.  Try to use quotes in this paragraph that you didn’t use in previous paragraphs.  More savvy writers can compare and contrast throughout the body paragraphs.

Conclude by summarizing the main points in your essay.  End by telling me what we can learn from these authors / selections / philosophies and how their ideas apply to modern day America.

Write in ink, on one side of the page, & double-space (skip every other line).  Due Thursday 11/06/2014 at the end of class.

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