: In this essay, you will be asked to analyze the experience of
another person (as related in one of the essays listed below) in terms of Control
In other words, why did the author of the essay do what she or he did? You can rely
on own your understanding of human nature as well as what you learned about
Control Theory from the Narration assignment, and of course, the author’s own
explanation, if one is given in the essay. Does the author’s explanation make sense
to you? Why or why not? How would you explain the motives and actions of the
main characters in terms of Control Theory?
Carefully read the essay you choose, then write a well- developed, multi-paragraph
(750 word minimum) cause-effect analysis essay of the events in the story. Essays
which do not meet the minimum length requirement can earn no better than a grade
of “D,” which is not passing.
Sandra Cisneros, “Only Daughter,” SCC, 94 (link)
Gary Shteyngart, “Sixty-Nine Cents,” SCC, 94 (link)
Discussion due by end of day (11:59 pm) Monday, Feb. 11; Final essay
due by 11:59 pm Monday, Feb. 25
Read the questions about the essay you have chosen under
and discuss them with other students who have chosen the same essay
to analyze. Then begin writing of your cause-effect analysis essay. Be sure that
your essay does not just summarize, or retell the story; your essay should explain
why certain causes led to specific events. Choose to focus on what you think are
the most interesting, or most important events in the story.
For an explanation of the concept of Cause-Effect Analysis,
read SCC, Chapter 3.7, 119-121. For help in writing the essay, read SCC, Chapter
2, The Writing Process, (Prewriting, Outlining Drafting), 44-68.
: Follow the instructions for submitting the final essay given
with the submission link in the module. The essay must be typed following MLA
format conventions: double-spaced, one inch margins, headings at upper left
corner, title centered on the next line below the heading, last name and page
number at upper right corner. Please use 12-point Times New Roman (or
something similar and plain) for your font style and size. Failure to use MLA
format may result in a failing grade. Submit your essay to Canvas in MS Word
(.doc or .docx) or Adobe Portable Document (.pdf) as these formats allow me to
make comments on your essay and give you feedback. Other formats are not
The final essay is a required assignment, and must be submitted to earn a
passing grade in the course. Essays are graded with the ENGL 1013 essay rubric
posted on Canvas under the Syllabus tab.