Based on your readings (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/148/148-h/148-h.htm), would you or would you not consider Franklin a spiritual descendant of the Puritans?
Explain your answer in detail and use specific examples from the text. Remember: to cite and reference any sources that you may use, including the primary text itself. Use MLA formatting and standards.
For this format, key ideas:
1. no I–no first person ever in this format, as the goal is to be objective–without emotion, and when we use I, it is, by definition, personal, right?! So, for this week, no deduction for anyone using first person–I–in the essay, but moving forward, penalties apply.
2. start broad, and assume the reader knows nothing about what you are writing. Build a context of the time period and/or the writing/author in the open–then narrow to the thesis that reflects what the main ideas will cover in the body paragraphs.
Again, that basic format:
X is important because of main idea a, b, and c.
3. make sure the body paragraphs follow the paragraph plan:
cited evidence (almost always a quote–use quotes from the literature to support your claims in the topic sentence of each of your body paragraphs)
analysis of how the quote evidences you claim in the main idea/topic sentence
**you are NOT required to use outside sources, as we are working to build a case based on what we read in the literature, not what others have said.
***if you do use the idea of others, you must cite them in full MLA format–and that means in-text citations (author, page number) and Works Cited entry.
As most of our sources will be online versions of the literature, be sure to cite your literature as an online source. Thank you!
**In that case, your paragraph might look like this:
definition cited in MLA format
quote from the literature to show that definition and main idea in action
analysis to tease out the connections you’ve made with the main idea and evidence