Two assigned readings (here and here )
Write a 2-3 page essay comparing or contrasting these two
descriptions. Your analysis should focus
on audience, purpose, and organizing principle. Your response should focus on what you
learned about descriptive writing from these writers’ approaches to the
Your paper should have a thesis that focuses on similarities OR differences between the two
descriptions, whichever is more interesting to you. Organize your paper in a point by point comparison or contrast, using separate paragraphs
for each point. Illustrate your points
with examples from the texts.
Writing exercise for Response Paper 3 has been added to help you (here )
also here are some comment and the response of the exercise above from the instructor (here )
Before you write your paper, you should be able to answer
the following questions about both descriptions, using examples from the texts
to illustrate your answers.
has the writer chosen to describe?
has the writer chosen to describe it?
- Who is
the primary intended audience?
(outsiders or insiders)
is the primary organizing principle (chronological, spatial, topical)?
is the dominant impression of this description, especially toward the end?
Why did you choose to write on
these two descriptions? Which did you prefer and why?
How is your perspective similar to
and/or different from the writers’ perspectives?
Do you consider yourself part of
the intended audience for either or both of the descriptions? Explain.
What do you admire most about the
writing in these descriptions?
How do these two descriptions help
you understand and prepare to meet
the requirements of Essay 2?