Developing interest in a person


Write an essay about a person in whom you have an interest. The person may be current or historical. Supernatural and/or spiritual beings are not permitted topics. Select several traits about the person that you admire and write about these. Biographical information should be used only to support claims; your essay should focus on the traits you admire–do not write a biography or tell a story.

I suggest to write about ( Pope Shenouda or Magdi Yacoub who is global heart foundation)

Your essay must contain a minimum of five well-developed paragraphs (introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion). Five paragraphs is the minimum, but you may use more if you need them.

Your main ideas need to be clearly organized. Select three to four traits that you admire. Decide in what order you wish to discuss these traits (main ideas). This organization of ideas needs to be presented in your introduction, preferably as the last sentence of your introduction in the thesis statement. This establishes how your essay will be structured; follow this structure throughout the rest of the essay.

This is a basic form of an argument essay. The paper is making an argument that the person selected is worthy of admiration because of the traits selected.

I will assign a grade of zero to any essay found to contain plagiarism. Any essay which does not meet the minimum requirements (such as word count) may receive a grade of zero.

The essay will be graded with the Grading Rubric for Essays (first 3 sections). Please familiarize yourself with this rubric before you submit your essay.

a minimum of 900 words, double spaced, 12point font, using MLA guidelines

Use standard MLA (Modern Language Association) style to set up your paper. The handbook for this course, A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker, has a sample student paper at the end of the MLA Section. Consult this to see how to set up headings, title, and page numbering for your paper. Title your paper. Make it descriptive of what you are writing about. Notice in the student paper sample in the handbook that the title is not italicized, underlined, or placed in quotation marks.

Space your paper correctly. There should be no extra spaces between heading, title, or body paragraph. The entire paper is double-spaced. Pay attention to your margins. They should be 1 inch on all sides. Be sure to place your last name and page number at the far right on each page, as it shows in the sample.

I suggest that you do not consult research or outside sources for this essay; if you do, you must cite and acknowledge them correctly. Remember that the assignment is to write about the traits you admire in the person you selected. At no point should you include unnecessary biographical information. You are not writing a biography; you are writing about the traits you selected. Each paragraph should remain focused on the trait it is supposed to be developing, and each paragraph should support the thesis (that the person is worthy of admiration). Do not use a colored background. Do not use borders or other enhancing techniques. Do not use a cover sheet. In short, follow the MLA guidelines meticulously.
One of the purposes of Essay 1 is to give you practice with organizing a paper. The expected pattern of organization for this essay is a simple one, but it is the basic pattern of organization all your papers should follow.

Decide on 3-4 specific main ideas (traits). The order in which you list them in the introduction is the order in which they should be discussed in the body paragraphs. And each main idea should have its own body paragraph.

Sample Thesis and Pattern of Organization:

My seventh grade teacher Mrs. McVeigh was inspirational because of her passion for literature, her desire to help me learn, and her kindness when I needed it.

My first body paragraph would be about her passion for literature, the second body paragraph about her desire to help me learn, and the third part of the paper would be about her kindness. The overall argument/point/thesis would be that she was inspirational.