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gsAssinment 2: In the short selection from Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child” (2).
Is he suggesting that as adults, we lose the purity and innocence of childlike wonder? After reading the selection, write a one to one-and-a-half (1 – 1.5) page paper with a clear thesis, body paragraphs, and conclusion in which you explain what Emerson might mean. Use one or two direct quotes from the text, properly formatted and cited, to support your paper.
DRAW SPECIFICALLY FROM THE TEXT FOR YOUR QUOTES. DO NOT REFERENCE OUTSIDE SOURCES.
Per standard composition format:
1. Create your own title for your paper. Capitalize the first letter of the main words in your essay title. Do not title your essay “Ermerson” or “Assignment 2.”
2. Indent paragraphs.
3. Spell the author’s name correctly (Ralph Wlado Emerson).
4. Use the author’s surname (last name) after mentioning him by full name: Ermerson.
1. All writing must be double-spaced (not 2.5), with 12 pt. font (not 14).
2. MLA formatted heading.
3. A title for your essay, centered.
4. Clear opening paragraph with thesis statement and signal phrase (mentioning full name of author and title of text).
5. Clear topic sentences.
6. Quotations (properly introduced and cited). Do not use long quotes. Keep the similarity rating to a maximum of 25%. If it exceeds that, try shortening a few quotes and paraphrasing more.
7. Transitional phrases to move from paragraph to paragraph.
8. Vary your diction (word choice) so that your sentences don’t all begin the same way.
9. Do NOT use ANY dictionary or encyclopedia definitions in your writing–do not write: “The dictionary defines___ as…” or “Webster’s Dictionary defines___ as….”
10. A clear conclusion.
Additional Notes on Grammar:
1. You must proofread for sentence structure (sentence fragments, run-ons, comma splices, subject/verb agreement errors, spelling errors, etc.). I uploaded grammar guides to the Moodle Room, and you can also use NetTutor to help you proofread. Or, you can use The Learning Center for tutoring (in-person, on campus or virtual). In addition, use the ETS rater–it will help, but it does not find all errors. It is your responsibility to upload the strongest paper you can.
2. You must use proper punctuation (periods, commas, quotation marks, semicolons, apostrophes, etc.).
3. You must use proper capitalization of words.
4. Again, you must focus on format AND content.
5. Again, please proofread before uploading your work.