We have examined two texts on dealing with conflict: “Coming Out of Your Closet” by Ash Beckham and “How to Be Friends with Another Woman” by Roxane Gay. Each author utilizes a different combination of advice and personal experience to get her point across.
While Beckham’s TED talk is based on her own experience related to her sexuality, she argues that that her advice can work for everyone. Gay’s advice, on the other hand, seems geared toward a specific type of friendship, based on her title.
This is the question you will discuss in your essay: Is advice more helpful when it is general or specific? The answer to this question will be your thesis statement. The body of your essay is where you will use examples to support your thesis statement.
Reference Beckham and/or Gay in your response. You don’t have to include them in your thesis statement, but you should reference their names and texts in your introduction. You should also reference at least one example from Beckham and/or Gay in the body of your essay.
You can also bring in examples from advice columns like Dear Prudence or Care and Feeding (both from Slate) or real-life examples. Develop these examples in the same way as you developed your lie from the “Two Truths and a Lie” discussion forum into a paragraph in the “Lie, Extended” discussion forum.
Take 5-10 minutes to plan your essay around the thesis statement you posted in the “Thesis Statements” discussion board and my feedback.
To integrate at least one quotation sandwich from at least one of the two authors
To develop a clear and specific thesis statement that answers the question in the prompt
To develop ideas with specific examples
Your final essay needs to be 800-900 words, typed, and include at least one complete quotation sandwich. You should have an introduction with a thesis statement at the end, body paragraphs (however many you need), and a conclusion.
To develop your essay with specific examples
To avoid sentence structure errors like sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and comma splices
To use MLA format