to Spring 2006 English Syllabus
2 - American Legacies
Herron, Marchers from Selma to Montgomery, March 1, 1965
essay will grow out of the work that you are doing for Project 3. You
should be able to use much of the same material; however, now you will
further develop your topic and construct a formal, argumentative essay.
Your web project asked you to inform your viewer about your topic in an
interesting, visual format. You will now shift your informative content
to accommodate an argumentative purpose.
second essay consider the historical legacy of your topic for Project
3, that is, how your topic changed American history, or what effect your
topic had on the larger concerns of the late 20th century. Looking back
on your topic, how would you assess the difference it made in America’s
the following outline as a general strategy for your paper:
to construct an interesting opening for your essay. The link on
Our Resources page, Interesting
Intros, has several effective strategies for you to consider.
Your introduction should contain a clear claim, or thesis, outlining
the effect, or legacy, of your topic. Think of completing the
thought, “This topic affected American history by . . .
.” Or, because of X (insert topic here), Y happened. Or,
without X, Y wouldn't have happened.
paragraphs should develop the effects of your topic on history,
and the reasons why your topic made a difference for America.
Your reasons should be supported by evidence. For example, if
you are arguing that the march from Selma to Montgomery (pictured
above) brought more national attention to the Civil Rights movement,
your evidence would include pointing to specific examples of how
the civil rights movement gained momentum following the march.
each paragraph with a transition that gently leads your reader
into the next main point you want to make. The reader should feel
the connections between paragraphs.
conclusion should have a clear connection to your introduction
but should not simply restate it. While the conclusion is not
the place for a completely new claim, it can be the place to end
your essay forcefully and memorably.
a separate Works Cited page in which you acknowledge your sources
in alphabetical order in MLA format.
the link on our home page to The Bedford/St. Martin’s Documentation
and Resource Home Page
Look at the sample MLA paper and its Works Cited page.
a book and a scholarly article in your Works Cited. Ask if
need help here. We will be going to the M.D. Anderson Library
include in-text parenthetical citations for any work that you
either quote directly or paraphrase. See the Quoting
Smoothly and Paraphrasing
links on our home page. Your parenthetical citations should lead
your reader to the first word in the Works Cited entry.
typed, double spaced, in standard 12 point font, stapled in the left-hand
- 750 -
1000 words in length
title that catches the reader’s interest
with clear thesis statement
that support your thesis
- A memorable
parenthetical citations for material paraphrased or quoted directly
- A separate
Works Cited page acknowledging sources for text and images in MLA format
material from at least one book
material from at least one scholarly article found in one of the library
- 2 images
as illustration for your argument
May 2, before 5:00.
essays in my hand or in my mailbox in the Writing Center, Room 217.
to turn in essays, with a letter grade penalty: Thursday,
May 4, before 5:00.
remind you of the following English Department policy: You must
turn in all written work in order to pass the class.
Reproduction of Marchers from Selma to Montgomery:
Marchers from Selma to Montgomery. March 21, 1965. Online Image. The Lyndon
Baines Johnson Library and Museum. 31 March 2005. <http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/Press.hom/weshallovercome.shtm>.