English Peas....help! When writting an essay, do they need titles?

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Posted: 2/29/2012 5:18:09 PM
I have been out of school for more years than I would like to remember.
When writting an essay, does it need a title? Do you begin by introducing yourself?

Any and all help is appreciated!

~Lisa

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Posted: 2/29/2012 5:22:57 PM
I thought you meant peas who are English.

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Posted: 2/29/2012 5:31:41 PM
Haha, I see where you would think that!

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Posted: 2/29/2012 5:33:27 PM
It depends what the essay is about...I would give it a title and an introductory paragraph. Unless I am specifically talking about myself, I would avoid the use of 'I' (I'm writing a literature essay and am talking about 'the audience').

Good luck!


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Posted: 2/29/2012 6:08:17 PM
I teach college comp (and lit). Essays should have a title -- centered, not underlined or in quotation marks, etc. You didn't ask , but an essay should be organized with a beginning (introduction of at least one paragraph, but it depends on the length of the essay), a middle (composed of multiple paragraphs), and a conclusion (usually one paragraph). If you need any help, feel free to send me a message. I've taught comp and have also worked part-time in a university Writing Lab, so I have quite a bit of experience across the curriculum.


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Posted: 2/29/2012 6:14:33 PM
It depends what type of essay it is (5 paragraph, informal, research paper, etc.) but they usually all have a title. It's supposed to be the same size and font as the rest of the paper, not anything special. I don't know if you're writing in MLA or APA format (probably MLA), but you shouldn't have to "introduce" yourself if your name is on it!

Also, if it's formal, make sure you have a cover sheet. Again though, it all depends on the style. Most papers aren't expected to have a cover sheet.

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Posted: 2/29/2012 6:16:31 PM
What peasbkind said. Like her, I also teach composition and literature and worked in the Writing Lab before becoming fulltime English faculty.


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Posted: 3/1/2012 12:25:52 AM
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Posted: 3/1/2012 1:41:40 AM
Has the instructor given you an assignment sheet? What does that say? Does he or she want it in MLA Style (if it is for an English class, I am guessing it would be MLA)?

Here's a WONDERFUL site for MLA info: OWL at Purdue
With an academic paper, the use of the first-person (I, we, our) and second-person (you) is usually verboten, but then again, it depends on the assignment. If you need to write a personal narrative, it would be very difficult without using the first-person!

Yes, title. No to a personal introduction unless that is part of the assignment.

Microsoft Word can do some funky things with the formatting of papers, but you can set the defaults to fit MLA style (taking out the extra space Word puts in after each paragraph, for example).

Good luck!

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Posted: 3/1/2012 1:18:43 PM
The instructions say...

Please articulate how your course of study benefits the health and well of the residents of the valley"

I think I have it mostly done. However, I did use "I" in several places. After all I am talking about myself.
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