Choose something that you are interested in, that is fascinating for you.

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This essay will emulate any (and many) of the thesis-driven articles replete with evidence, examples and support investigating the intersections of identity and food OR culture and food OR humanity and food. As such, it seeks to provide just one possible, captivating and persuasive answer (with tons of proof!) to any of the following questions: 1) What does food say about me? 2) What does food say about my culture? 3) What does food reveal about humanity in general?
I won’t be impressed with nice, squeaky-clean essays that defend an idea I’ve heard a thousand times and follow the five-paragraph format of your ye olde high school days. Imagine you are writing to a learned, food-saavy, academic audience who want to hear/see something new about food and have their own ideas challenged. Your idea must be original in order to get them excited. And then persuasive, well-defended and important to get them to believe & care.
So, you will have to PROVE an ORIGINAL thought or idea through evidence, illustrations and analysis similar to the essay readings we’ve covered in class! You may even want to quote texts we’ve read in class as expert evidence to bolster and defend statements and ideas. Remember to concentrate on one claim per paragraph and to slowly and carefully connect points A to B through analysis like we covered in class. You may also want to brainstorm ideas that relate to you on a personal level (essays are personal!), your own experiences (anecdotal evidence), etc. You may even feel compelled to do a little research like I did in finding “Consider the Lobster,” for example, that we read in class. One of the biggest rules of essay writing is TO HAVE FUN. Choose something that you are interested in, that is fascinating for you. If you are bored with the material, your material will be boring for the audience. Don’t be afraid to take risks! That’s exactly what essays encourage!
This won’t be easy. It will require a lot of thought, a lot of research, a lot of energy, and a lot of time: time spent actively trying to imitate stylistic choices, structures, modes of persuasion and evidence-building that we see in our close reading of several essays over these next three weeks. AND RIP 5 PARAGRAPH ESSAYS! Yes, this prompt is also asking you to imitate macro structures, too — organizational methods employed by our model essayists. And thank god essays can be more inventive than intro-body paragraph-1-2-3-conclusion-see-ya!
Essays inherently have to do with persuasion, and persuasion has to do with rhetoric, and rhetoric has to do with the rhetorical situation (that triangle!) and rhetorical/stylistic choices that develop ethos and logos and pathos, etc. to connect to a particular audience interested in all things food. All of these elements are co-dependent. Our careful dissection of each over the quarter has led you to this point, and this point is:
to make a leap with your writing!
Situate yourself in a place to make an audacious and interesting connection, and then set forth proving that connection to your audience.
Along with the writing process, you may completely change your idea based on what you are finding and discovering along the way. But start somewhere. Remember, writing is sometimes a way of thinking, a process toward developing an idea! We don’t always have the idea first and then later write about it. Part of the process of writing reveals things to us, shows us something, and so, in short, your ideas will come to you during the writing (and reading) process, over these next 3 weeks, even once you’ve already started and are already thinking you know what you are doing or what you want to say! Be open to change! And be flexible! Just because you started with one idea doesn’t mean you should finish with it; don’t be stubborn. Your first idea may lead into something far more brilliant if you take it up and follow that new lead! LEAP
I expect at least 6 pages by your Final Draft stage, not including a properly formatted Works Cited page (so, if you include the Works Cited page, you will have at least 7 pages total!)
Speaking of a Works Cited… what about the formatting?
I expect you to follow MLA formatting guidelines for every assignment in this class, as well as every single draft of every single assignment. Always use 12 pt. Times New Roman (what I’m using right now!), always use 1” margins, always have a header with your name, my name, class name and date, always mark the page number, etc. If you need to refresh yourselves or even teach yourselves MLA formatting guidelines, go to this website here for ALL your answers: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ Links to an external site.
Additionally, I will be looking for proper in-text and Works Cited citations for summary, paraphrase or direct quoting of outside materials that isn’t common knowledge (by the Final Draft stage)!
Please write something about China food culture make up a story and put yourself in the story in order to put your own experience in the essasy please(you may need some rescarch)

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