Sources: The Shepherd’s Life; Taming of the Wild; Yellowstone in Winter; Virunga
(SOURCES CAN BE PROVIDED IF NEEDED)
Your job is to compile all the best
connections available to you, and create an argument that will open a reader’s mind to view a
topic in a new way (or get them to consider it for the first time). Your paper is meant to inform a
reader while at the same time presenting a position that is defendable. In this essay, you must
synthesize the three readings and film we have discussed so far while persuading the reader to
accept your viewpoint. Keep in mind, you do not simply want to retell events or passages from
the readings or film we have discussed; you want to use the texts to present an idea about land
– A clearly stated thesis that articulates your position and what you want to argue in your
– Your thesis should be narrow enough to be argued within the page limits and qualified
if necessary. Your thesis should fall at the END of your introduction. .
• Clear reasons with supporting evidence from the texts.
• A synthesis of sources; do not simply summarize your source materials but show how they
are connected and respond to them. What connections to they draw?
• Integrate your quotes. Explain a point you are making, provide the quote with appropriate
context (who is saying it and why), and add your own thoughts afterwards.
• A variety of citations: exact quotes, paraphrases, or summaries; cite all appropriately.
• A title that gives an insight into the paper and is catchy and interesting.
• A minimum of three of our readings or film must be used.
• A minimum of four pages in MLA format