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  • 1. Essay OutlineJudy Brady “I Want a Wife”
  • 2. The Prompt• In her essay, Judy Brady discusses why she wants a wife. Also in the text are clues about how she sees men’s attitudes towards wives and their notions about family values and responsibilities. In the first part of your “I Want a Wife essay,” summarize the author’s ideas and analyze her portrait of a man. For the second part, transition to a narrative piece that tells what you want: I want a child; I want a husband; I want a dog; I want a ……………….. Use Brady’s piece as a model as you write.• Suggestions for writing: Shoot for 500 words. The two parts should be about equal in length.
  • 3. How to Begin• Length: 500 words = two typed, double- spaced pages MLA style (TNR 12)• Divide the parts of the essay = two equal in length• Now you have two sections that are one page each!
  • 4. Section One• In the first part of your “I Want a Wife essay,” summarize the author’s ideas and analyze her portrait of a man.• What does this mean? – Define “Summarize” – Define “Analyze”
  • 5. What is a Summary• A summary is a condensed restatement, in your own words, of an authors work. That work may be an article, essay, or anything else. Writing a summary will help you better understand what you read, internalize the main ideas, clarify them and be able to use that information more readily in a test or in your own writing.
  • 6. How to Write a Summary• Read the essay a second time• Put it away before you begin to write• Include the essay or article title and the authors name in the first or second sentence. For example, "In The Penalty of Death, H.L. Mencken argues . . ." then provide the information you remember.• Omit most details, but include all important highlights or main points. Do not include your opinions, interpretations or evaluations. The summary should be a thorough, fair, objective restatement of the original.• Compare your summary with the original. Add anything obvious that you previously omitted, and make sure that you dont too closely copy anything from the original. If you have, revise your writing.
  • 7. What is Analysis?• the separating of any material into its different parts.• a method of studying the nature of something or of determining its essential features and their relations.• a presentation, usually in writing, of the result s of this process.• a philosophical method of exhibiting complex concepts as functions of more basic ones.
  • 8. How to Analyze• Read the text• Look for examples, ideas, or assertions that may have underlying meanings. Remember, we are looking for the complex concept inside of the basic one.• Think about what extended meanings come out of the basic assertions.
  • 9. Transition• A transition gets you from one part of the essay to the other.• Wrap up your summary and analysis by coming to some conclusion about the text.• Finally, bring the essay toward the next section with your thesis: for example, Brady wants a wife, and for good reason, but what I really want is …………………………..
  • 10. Body Paragraphs: Reasons you want X• Make a list of several reasons you want X.• Put them into two or three groups that make sense• Write two or three topic sentences that reflect your groups.
  • 11. Conclusion• Bring your essay back to Brady’s by comparing wants and desires of people. Say something clever to wrap it up and you are done!

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