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Paper #2: Illustration Essay

To successfully complete this assignment you must first read both the assigned selections on learning styles and the novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Your assignment for this paper is to  illustrate a learning style through the use of one--or more--of the characters in the novel.  You will find chapters two and twelve of Successful College Writing extremely helpful in this endeavor.  Once you determine the learning style you will define, then choose a character from the novel whose words, deeds, or description illustrates that learning style. 

For this paper, your thesis should contain both the descriptive title of the learning style you will be illustrating and the character whose information you will use to illustrate that general term, as well as the title and author of the novel in which the character lives.  Your organization for this paper will likely follow the suggested approach given by McWhorter in your text, and you should certainly quote from the text or the novel as you illustrate your chosen learning style and present your examples of the character's learning style, citing these sources using MLA style.

The first seven chapters of McWhorter will probably be a good refresher about how, more specifically, you might go through the writing process for this paper. Likewise, following along with the revision flow charts from the text as you begin refining you essay will likely improve its quality.  You may also have your essay read by a reader in the Writing Center on campus, but if you do so, make sure you bring in a copy of this assignment sheet with your draft and remember that the readers in the Center may require a 48-hour turn around time, so plan ahead.  Having your paper at the Writing Center is not a valid excuse for attempting to turn it in late.  

The main difficulties you may have in this paper will be pulling examples from the text to support your points and paraphrasing them or citing them correctly within the MLA format in your paper.

Format: This essay should be double-spaced, laser-printed, carefully edited and proofread, and stapled before you turn it in. You should have a heading with your name, my name, the course title and section number, and date on it. You must give the paper number and title a line of its own, and your last name and the page number should appear at the top right of each page. This paper should be two to three pages in length with one-inch margins, not including the Work or Works Cited page.

Check your syllabus for the paper's due date, remembering that it will be due in advance of that date for Peer Review.

Potential Paper Topics

      Hermione is an Independent, Pragmatic, Rational learner.

      Harry is an Independent,  Creative, Emotional learner.

      Professor Dumbledore is a Social, Verbal, Rational learner.

Note: For this paper, I must see at least three quotations from Harry Potter supporting your character's chosen learning style.

The Kitty graphic, from http://www.ivcc.edu/rambo, appears courtesy of IVCC English instructor Randy Rambo.
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