Business Fig Essay 1

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Business Fig Essay 1

  1. 1. State University of New York, New Paltz Composition I/ Business Fig Essay #1: ExploratoryExploratory essays do just that—explore a topic that is of personal interest. They may bestructured as a narrative or as a more traditional academic essay.Length: 600-750 WordsDirections: Choose one of the following topics1. What I Learned from My Summer Job (or What I Learned from My Part-time Job)2. The Person (People) Who Have Inspired Me to Major in ___________3. My Best (or Worst) JobHOW TO WRITE A STRONG ESSAY:  Include a well-told story. As with most narratives, those about literacy often set up some sort of situation that needs to be resolved. That need for resolution makes readers want to keep reading.  Provide vivid detail. Details can bring a narrative to life for readers by giving them vivid mental images of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of the world in which your story takes place. The details you use when describing something can help readers picture places, people, and events; dialogue can help them hear what is being said.  Explain/ reflect upon the narratives significance. An interesting exploratory essay includes the author’s reflection upon what s/he learned from a particular experience or from specific people. The writer needs to make clear why the incident and/or the people matters to him or her.CONSIDERING THE RHETORICAL SITUATIONPURPOSE: Why do you want to tell this story? To share a memory with others? Tofulfill an assignment? To teach a lesson? To explore your past learning? Think about the reasonsfor your choice and how they will shape what you write.AUDIENCE : Are your readers likely to have had similar experiences? Would they tellsimilar stories? How much explaining will you have to do to help them understand yournarrative? Can you assume that they will share your attitudes toward your story, or will you haveto work at making them see your perspective? How much about your life are you willing to sharewith this audience?

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