1. It is important that an essay not be a series of quotes or paraphrased material; one’s own analysis must be part of the essay. How can you create a balance between your own analysis and the source material?
You need to fully understand your subject matter to be able to balance between your analysis and your source materials. That is why you need to do research before you start writing. Master your topic. Then create your thesis statement. The central idea presented by your thesis statement must come from your own analysis, the source materials are used to back up and support your arguments (McLean, 2011). Hence, the source materials are the raw data and your analysis is how you process these data to come up with a useful and meaning conclusion. Create your outline; at this point, you can start balancing where you will insert ideas from your sources and ideas from your analysis. Make sure that you credit your source materials correctly. Any ideas that do not come from you must be cited to avoid plagiarism.
McLean, S. (2011). Writing for Success. Retrieved from University of Phoenix eBook Collection.
2. Choose one of the following scenarios:
• The leadership role of women in national politics has changed dramatically in the last 60 years.
• Teachers and parents are concerned with whether standardized tests are a good indicator of a child's intelligence.
• A healthy diet and regular exercise improve health and lower health care costs. Is there one best way to support each of these topics? If yes, which one, and why? If no, why not?
These are all open-ended statements. They can be discussed and expounded in-depth in more than one way. It is difficult to definitely say there is only one best way of discussing a given topic. There are many factors to consider aside from the subject matter. One such factor to consider is the intended recipient or expected audience of the paper