Illustration Essay Draft
Write a 750-1000 word essay about a topic in which you argue for the existence of a particular phenomenon by stating a
generalization about the topic. Then you will support that generalization (in the form of a thesis statement) by choosing to
write a single-example illustration essay or a multiple-example illustration essay (see Unit V, Lesson 2). The essay should
be written in the style and form described within Unit V.
Purpose: Throughout Unit V, we have discussed the conventions of the illustration essay. The purpose of this assignment
is to measure your mastery of those conventions by putting your knowledge to practice. In a larger context, the purpose of
writing an illustration essay is to convey an idea to the reader by providing illustrations (examples) that will solidify the
existence of a topic.
Process: For the illustration essay, you will complete the following steps:
1. Choose a topic: See the methods for developing a topic and the suggested list of topics in Unit V, Lesson 3.
2. Decide if you want to write a single-example or multiple-example essay: See Unit V, Lesson 2, for more
instruction on the differences between single-example and multiple-example essays.
3. Collect illustrations: See Unit V, Lesson 1, for more information about different kinds of illustrations. See Unit V,
Lesson 4, for more information about how to gather illustrations.
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4. Craft your thesis statement: See Unit V, Lesson 5, for more information on how to write a thesis. Note that you
want to craft your thesis according to whether you choose to write a single-example or a multiple-example essay.
5. Draft the essay: For each section of the essay, see the following: Unit V, Lesson 6 for the introduction; Unit V,
Lesson 7 for the body paragraphs; and Unit V, Lesson 8 for the conclusion.
Stylistic details: All essays must meet the following requirements:
Include 750-1,000 words.
Write in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.
Include 1” margins on all sides.
Include an APA cover page (for all essays) and reference list that includes all of the sources used in the essay.
Adhere to APA convention and documentation style (See the CSU APA guide for assistance.).
Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below