Scott Joplin Biography/Personality Paper

Scott Joplin Biography/Personality Paperength:
Five-page paper with well-developed paragraphs.





Three scholarly references are required.

1. Scholarly Articles/Journals

2. Documentary

3. Reference Books from Library

If you have questions about your references, please read the following article.

Rule 1 — Assume nothing of the audience. It is the responsibility of you, the writer, to clearly and effectively communicate to your
This rule presupposes that you, the writer, understand that the reader does not know whereof
you write (or speak). It is crucial, therefore, that you start by working to make sure your audience is not confused or led astray by any assumptions of
knowledge on their part. You are the communicator with the message — they are the audience waiting to receive that message.
Rule 2 — You have 20 seconds to get the reader’s attention. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling soap, that initial opening has to provoke the audience to continue reading with interest. There are six (6) strategies to do this:

Start with a broad general statement of your topic and narrow this down to your thesis statement;

Start with an idea or situation that is the opposite of the one you plan to actually develop;

Explain the importance of your topic to the audience;

Use an incident or brief story (anecdote);

Ask one or more questions (but remember that questions deserve to be answered sooner or later); and/or

Use a quotation (something familiar to the targeted audience).
Then, you present the Thesis Statement (i.e., the main idea of the entire essay). There are four
(4) errors to avoid here:
Make no announcements;

Do not make it too broad;

Do not make it too narrow or specific; and

Do not make it too vague.
Further, the Thesis Statement calls for a Plan of Development — at least three ways by which
you will develop the thesis.

Consists of at least three (3) supporting paragraphs that follow the thesis.
Primary Support Paragraph (1st level of support)

a. The Topic Sentence for this paragraph comes from the 1st pattern of development in your thesis statement.

b. The Primary Support Sentence expands upon the controlling idea found in the Topic Sentence;

c. The Secondary Support Sentence provides additional detail to the primary support sentence;

d. The Tertiary Support Sentence provides the third level of support to the topic sentence with additional examples, a quote or illustration; and

e. The Concluding Sentence which will restate the main idea in the topic sentence and provide a transitional phrase for the following paragraph.
The Secondary Support Paragraph provides the next level of support to the Thesis Statement. It is developed just as the Primary Support Paragraph except that the Topic Sentence is built upon the second pattern of development.

The Tertiary Support Paragraph of the essay provides the third level of support to the thesis statement and is developed like the Primary and Secondary Paragraphs except that the main idea for the Topic Sentence of this paragraph comes from the third (3rd) pattern of development.

The fourth paragraph is on listening.

Body 1 – About the composer (Birth, Death, Place of Birth, Mother, Father, Musical time period
{Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical} etc.)

Body 2 – About the Culture and time (How does culture and time play a role in the composer’s compositions?)

Body 3 – Compositions and work experience (Who did the composer compose for? {String Quartet,
Orchestra, Chorale, Piano, Organ}, etc.)

Body 4 – Listening – Using Chapters two and three, pick one of the works from the aforementioned
composer and evaluate the composition. (Dynamics {Loud or Soft}, Articulation {Staccato, Legato, or Accents}, Tempo {Fast or Slow}, Key {Major or Minor}, Instrumentation {Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwinds}, Self-Reflection {Did you like it? Why or Why not?}

This leads your reader to the Conclusion of the Essay. I always say to the student writer that
this is just as important as one’s opening, that you want to finish the essay strong. To do so, one has at least eight (8) different strategies to select from. The good writer, in fact, having mastered the opening and closing strategies, will be able to use a combination of opening and closing strategies when writing. When you can do this, then the writing no longer is stiff and mechanical. This final section deals with those closing essay strategies in writing.
End with a summary and leave the reader with a final thought;

Include a thought-provoking question or series of questions;

End with a prediction (statement of what may happen in the future) or recommendation (suggestion as to what should be done about the situation
or problem described in the essay); A final quotation (Remember that quotes may come from popular songs, poems, speeches like Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” or Rev. Jessie Jackson’s
“I Am Somebody”)
A final anecdote that reinforces the main point of the essay;

A call for the reader(s) to take action;

A summary of what has been presented, highlighting the major points you’ve attempted to develop; and/or

Presentation of proof for the proposition you have argued to your reader(s).

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