Background: This semester we have covered introductions, thesis statements, PI


Background: This semester we have covered introductions, thesis statements, PIE paragraphs, and quotation integration, and we have also practiced critically reading a variety of texts, including a graphic novel, TED Talks, a traditional book, and our own lives. Our reading has focused on what gives our lives meaning and purpose: Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning and two TED Talks. In Essay 2, you will explore how these various texts work together.
Purpose:
This essay will give you the opportunity to utilize the writing skills that you have learned so far as well as the chance to practice synthesizing sources. One of the most common writing tasks in college and the professional world involves bringing together different information from different places and synthesizing it, so it is crucial that we practice this skill in our class. We will continue to build our writing stamina and analytical thinking through writing.
Writing Prompt:
Please chose one of the following two options:
Option A: Using your knowledge from this module, what advice might you have for someone looking to bring more purpose into their lives? Use Frankl and two of the TED Talks to support your argument. You may choose to discuss your own life or bring in an outside source as well, but most of your support should come from the texts in this module.
Option B: Which of Emily Esfahani Smith’s pillars of meaning do you think is most essential to living a meaningful life? Why? Use Frankl, Esfahani, and one additional TED Talk to support your perspective. You may choose to discuss your own life or bring in an outside source as well, but most of your support should come from the texts in this module.
*Obviously, the quest for meaning is a personal one, but you will go beyond the “it’s different for everyone” path in this essay.
Your essay needs to…
be between 4-5 full pages. In other words, your essay should not end before the top of page 6. Your essay should have at least 4 well developed body paragraphs. (The works-cited page does not count.)
be in MLA format (1 inch margins,12pt font Times New Roman, correct header, citations, double-spaced, and works-cited page)
include a clear thesis (topic and opinion) show a four-part introduction: hook, background info, transition, thesis design PIE paragraphs with topic sentences to focus on one idea each
include an insightful look into three texts (Frankl + two chosen TED Talks from Module 2) with in-text citations and well-integrated quotes (Parenthetical citation should have either page numbers or time stamps depending on the medium.)
If you include your own life, you should have vivid examples to support your points.
be proofread, focusing on editing run-on sentences, sentence fragments, and comma errors
Emily Esfahani’s TED Talk: “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy (Links to an external site.)” Group 2: Malcolm Gladwell’s “Choice, Happiness, and Spaghetti Sauce” (Links to an external site.)
Group 3: Mihaly Csikszentmilhalyi’s “Flow, the secret to happiness” (Links to an external site.)
Group 4: Emilie Wapnick’s “Why some of us don’t have one true calling” (Links to an external site.)
Group 5: Sarah Lewis’s “Embrace the near win” (Links to an external site.)


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