Profile Essay

Profiles can focus on a place, a person, an event, a business, an occupation or an activity; the purpose is to inform and to entertain the reader with an analytical, thought-provoking perspective of the given topic. Although you can bring in a persuasive tone, it should remain fair and non-bias toward the given focus. However, you can still have a certain tone that shapes your perspective toward the topic you choose.

Topics: You must get your topic approved, and when you think of a topic, remember to think of something that interests you and one that can be made interesting for the reader. The topic must be selected to reflect the space that you have for the given assignment.

Logistics:
*Must be 4 - 6 pages
*Must focus on one place, person, event, etc.
*Must integrate an interview or observation you conducted yourself; a separate assignment will be required that documents what you observed or the interview you conducted.
*Must have three additional sources (credible, but can be popular sources--must use the library database for at least one)

First draft conference begins after Spring Break:

What to bring to your conference:
1. A Working Thesis (10 pts.)
2. A Detailed Outline (10pts)
3. One paragraph written integrating at least one of your sources
4. Preliminary Research in a Works Cited page (MLA Formatting) (10 pts.)
5. The interview or observation (or at least the questions and a summary of who you plan to interview or the plan for the observation) (10 pts)

Generating topic ideas:

1. Have you visited an interesting place that you could research about while giving your own experience to elevate the paper? Or is there a place that you have always wanted to know more about?

2. Do you know someone that did something inspirational or significant in a certain field that you would like to know more about?

3. Do you have an interesting hobby or collect something that others may find interesting and/or unique? Is there something that reminds people of you? For example, Hello Kitty will always remind me of my sister, who is obsessed with the franchise.