Conclusions

There are very few rules that apply to conclusions in academic writing. This makes conclusions a great place to get creative.

How the World Was Made

A Cherokee Myth The earth is a great island floating in a sea of water, and suspended at each of the four cardinal points by a cord hanging down from the sky vault, which is of solid rock. When the world grows old and worn out, the people will die and the cords will breakContinue reading “How the World Was Made”

The Guardian of the Gate of Heaven

Li, the Pagoda-bearer In Buddhist temples there is to be seen a richly attired figure of a man holding in his hand a model of a pagoda. He is Li, the Prime Minister of Heaven and father of No-cha. He was a general under the tyrant Chou and commander of Ch’ên-t’ang Kuan at the timeContinue reading “The Guardian of the Gate of Heaven”

PROMETHEUS.

In the early days of the universe, there was a great struggle for empire between Zeus and the Titans. The Titans, giant powers of heaven and earth, were for seizing whatever they wanted, with no more ado than a whirlwind. Prometheus, the wisest of all their race, long tried to persuade them that good counselContinue reading “PROMETHEUS.”

THE GIRL WHO MARRIED THE PINE-TREE.

Upon the side of a certain mountain grew some pines, under the shade of which the Puckwudjinies, or sprites, were accustomed to sport at times. Now it happened that in the neighbourhood of these trees was a lodge in which dwelt a beautiful girl and her father and mother. One day a man came toContinue reading “THE GIRL WHO MARRIED THE PINE-TREE.”

OERs and Citation Instruction

Open Education Resources (OERs) are surging in popularity – and for good reason. Free resources help students and educators alike, keeping costs down and creating a community oriented around shared ideas. These resources vary in many ways, the most prominent of which is the variety we see in instructional focus. Some OERs have a distinctContinue reading “OERs and Citation Instruction”

How many points should an essay try to make?

The short answer is one. An academic essay should focus on making a single, focused argumentative point. Sometimes the point can be complex, which may create an illusion that more than one point is being made. However, a successful essay will always take a clear position on a single issue. The challenge of writing theContinue reading “How many points should an essay try to make?”

What is literary analysis?

Literary Analysis Literary interpretation is fundamentally interested in the question of what a text means. What is this text about? What ideas does this text communicate?  To answer the fundamental questions, we pursue a diagnostic analysis of the text, assessing the structure of a work and its component parts. Then we step back and analyze the textContinue reading “What is literary analysis?”