Planning the Writing Situation for an Essay

Mrs. Alling’s Sample Writing Situation for Essay #2:   (Click here for Mrs. Alling’s explanatory video.)

Recent readings:  “Men–It’s in Their Nature” by Christina Hoff-Sommers; “Celebrating the Pity of Brotherly Love” by Andrew Koritz Krull; “Arm Wrestling with My Father” by Brad Manning; “Shooting Dad” by Sarah Vowell.

Common thread I notice in last few readings: MASCULINE BEHAVIOR

My essay topic:  MEN TEASING EACH OTHER TO SHOW AFFECTION

Single question I have/want to explore:  WHY DO MEN TEASE/ABUSE EACH OTHER TO SHOW AFFECTION?

Intended audience:  ME, HUSBAND, DAD

Rhetorical purpose:  UNDERSTAND MALE BEHAVIOR, APPRECIATE

Attitude/tone toward subject:  CURIOUS

Method(s) of development: CAUSE/ EFFECT; *Note that The Brief Bedford Reader has individual chapters on each method of development, so it would help you to read the chapter associated with your chosen method of development.

Tentative thesis statement:  MEN TEASE EACH OTHER TO SHOW AFFECTION–AS WELL AS I CAN SEE–BECAUSE THEY FEEL RIDICULOUS TO SHOW AFFECTION THROUGH WARM PHYSICAL TOUCH OR WORDS.

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