The concept of conformity is constantly being debated in society. As each generation attempts to develop their unique perspective, the line between what is conforming versus non-conforming is constantly evolving.
Does conformity create a stagnant population that is predictable or does it allow for innovation? Then synthesize information from at least three of the sources and incorporate it into a coherent, well-developed essay that analyzes the implications of conformity on society and the individual.
Make sure that your argument in essay is central; use the sources to illustrate and support your reasoning. Avoid merely summarizing the sources. Indicate clearly which sources you are drawing from, whether through direct quotation, paraphrase, or summary. You may cite the sources as Source A, Source B, etc., or by using the description in parentheses.
Essay must be typed, double-spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font. The maximum word count is 750 words and the minimum word count of 550 words.
1. Use very specific vocabulary.
Vague, abstract words can make it difficult for your reader to know exactly what you mean. You know what you mean when you use those terms, but it is likely that your reader is not so sure. Be sure that the words the reader is reading are exactly what you are thinking.
2. Craft a strong, specific thesis statement.
Take a position on the issue addressed in the prompt. Use strong, clear language.
3. Make an argument.
Don’t simply summarize the passage or the sources. Don’t just answer the prompt. Look for ways to extend and expand the argument. Offer solutions if the prompt asks you to consider a problem. Look for the broader significance of the topic or issue.
4. Summary : Commentary Ratio
Use strong, specific examples to support your argument, but be sure to adequately explain those examples. Your body paragraphs should be approximately 1/3 Summary and 2/3 Commentary.
5. Use short quotes.
Keep the actual quote length to less than a complete sentence. Long quotes can be distracting and can interrupt the flow of your essay.
6. Introduce your quotes.
Do not begin body paragraphs with a quote. Imbed your quotes two or three sentences into your paragraphs. Introduce the quote so that the reader knows it is coming.
7. End well.
Conclude your essay with a statement about the importance of the topic/issue/prompt. Make sure your essay feels complete.