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Is “My Papa’s Waltz” a poem about love or abuse?
Make sure your thesis is a controversy. For this essay ” controversy” may be defined as any issue that generates at least two opinions. “People should not drive while drunk” is not a controversy. Very few rational thinkers would have an opinion against this statement. However, the issue has many controversies within it. Here’s one: “Any driver who is caught drunk while driving should have his car and his license taken away forever.” Now that’s a controversy!
Identify the story’s/poem’s full title and the author’s full name when you state your thesis. Titles of stories and poems should be placed within quotation marks, not underlined. If you mention the author after the thesis statement, you should only use his or her last name.
Refer directly to the story/poem to help prove your points. Please use at least two and no more than four direct quotations from the story/poem. Be sure to weave quotations into your own sentence. Introduce the quote with your own words. Example: Dee proves she knows nothing about family heritage when she exclaims, “I never knew how lovely these benches are. You can feel the rump prints” (Walker). Use a comma to separate your writing from the quote, unless you use the word “that” to connect the quote to your writing.
Use the MLA Format for documentation to cite your use of the story. In the text of your essay, use the author’s last name. Example: Dee from “Everyday Use” reveals her true concerns when she exclaims, “You just will not understand. The point is these quilts, these quilts!” (Walker).
Use the third person point of view. Avoid using the first person point of view unless you are relating a specific personal experience. The first person can sound too under-confident and weak: “In my opinion,” “To me,” and “I think” just sounds wishy-washy. The reader knows this is your opinion, so announcing it is unneeded. Avoid the second person (“You”) at all costs!
Create an eye-catching title for your essay. Do not simply type the story’s title at the top of page one. Come up with an original, interesting title.
You are not required to draw from an outside source for this essay, but if you do must document it using the MLA Format.


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