This is the Final Draft of your second Composition Essay and Midterm. This is your opportunity to really
write the essay, fully integrate your research, nail your MLA formatting and citation, and earn those 200
Edit and revise your Essay on the topic of American Heritage and Identity, that presents your Main Point in
a Thesis Statement, and supports it in a series of paragraphs integrating your research as support for your
argument. Use my comments, and your own thinking about your previous draft to make your essay
stronger, clearer, and more complete.
There is no Word Count or Length requirement, but the argument should be complete. Based on the Thesis
Statements and outlines most of you are turning in, as well as the depth of your research, that will require
more than three body paragraphs, but the goal is strong argument and complete support, not a particular
The Essay should be,
In MLA Format
Written in clear, college-level English
An argument with a thesis that takes a position or makes a claim
A series of focused paragraphs that support the Thesis and use your sources responsibly
Built on Logos, Ethos, and Pathos
A stronger, clearer, better-argued version of your essay from the First Draft.
It has to be with these three reading: Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience. 2nd Tommy Orange’s
“Indian Head 3rd: Audre Lorde’s “The Fourth of July.