• Essay Review
• Individual student meetings in-
class; please have your draft and
your questions ready.
• In-Class Writing: The Concept
An attempt to gain readers’ interest could take as little as two
or three sentences or as many as four or five paragraphs.
The thesis statement and definition are usually quite brief—
sometimes only a few sentences.
A topic illustration may occupy one or several paragraphs,
and there can be few or many topics, depending on how the
information has been divided up.
A conclusion might summarize the information
presented, give advice about how to use or apply the
information, or speculate about the future of the concept.
SHOULD I END WITH SPECULATION, AS NGO DOES?
Members of developed societies in general practice
none of these forms of cannibalism, with the
occasional exception of survival cannibalism when
the only alternative is starvation. It is possible,
however, that our distant-past ancestors were
cannibals who through the eons turned away from
the practice. We are, after all, descended from the
same ancestors as the Miyanmin, the Alligator, and
the Leopard people, and survival cannibalism
shows that people are capable of eating human
flesh when they have no other choice.
SHOULD I FRAME THE ESSAY BY RELATING THE ENDING TO THE BEGINNING, AS
O.K., let’s cut out all this nonsense about romantic love. Let’s bring some
scientific precision to the party. Let’s put love under a microscope.
When rigorous people with Ph.D.s after their names do that, what they
see is not some silly, senseless thing. No, their probe reveals that love
rests firmly on the foundations of evolution, biology and chemistry. What
seems on the surface to be irrational, intoxicated behavior is in fact part of
nature’s master strategy—a vital force that has helped humans survive,
thrive and multiply through thousands of years. Says Michael Mills, a
psychology professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles: “Love
is our ancestors whispering in our ears.”
O.K., that’s the scientific point of view. Satisfied? Probably not. To most
people—with or without Ph.D.s—love will always be more than the sum of its
natural parts. It’s a commingling of body and soul, reality and imagination,
poetry and phenylethylamine. In our deepest hearts, most of us harbor the
hope that love will never fully yield up its secrets, that it will always elude our