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*Some difficulties you might encounter along the way & some suggestions for moving past them: Thinking you have nothing to say: This is where close reading is so helpful!
Dig beneath the surface of the text and explore possible connections and interpretations.
Structure the essay according to your argument, avoiding mere summary, on the one hand, and the five-paragraph essay, on the other.
When arguing for your interpretation of the text, you should structure your essay according to your thesis about The Secret, not necessarily according to the order of the text itself.
Any essay that plagiarizes will automatically fail.
*Refer to City Tech’s Policy on Academic Integrity on the syllabus for more specific details on plagiarism.Remember that the purpose of this essay is not to write about “happiness” in general, but to critically consider how it this abstract concept is represented a particular text (The Secret) we have read.Therefore, do not simply state the obvious/general (ex: “Byrne claims that ‘thoughts become things’” or “happiness is hard to define because it means different things to different people”).Your essay should include: a focused thesis paragraph; body paragraphs provide additional claims and specific, concrete details/examples in support of both these claims and your overall thesis (do not keep repeating the same idea over and over again in different ideas); logical connections/transitions among sentences, paragraphs, and ideas (claims); a concluding paragraph.*Refer the Essay Formatting and Guidelines (that apply to all of our formal essay assignments) as well as to the Writing Resources posted on our course site more details in composing and structuring your essay.Your goal is to use critical thinking and analysis to demonstrate how Byrne constructs a particular meaning and view of happiness in The Secret and to identify the (often hidden) values that inform such a vision.“Happiness” (both in general and in how Byrne specifically defines/presents it) is a difficult and complex idea, so it is ok if you don’t come to a definite position one way or the other …If you run out of things to say, you probably have not asked enough genuine questions about the text.Trying to explore every possible aspect of the topic/text: Instead, generate a thesis (and subsequent claims) that you want to make about your specific topic and discuss how particular details (evidence) contribute to your thesis.You should also work to organize your paragraphs logically, each with one claim and supporting evidence.Unlike your blog posts, however, this essay should be organized around a clearly stated thesis that tells your reader the subject and thesis of your essay.