Write an essay that provides a firsthand profile of a person, giving vivid details, a unique perspective and thoughtful research.

Write an essay that provides a firsthand profile of a person, giving vivid details, a unique perspective and thoughtful research.
Why Do Writers Use the Profile?
Magazines and newspapers are usually filled with profiles that tell us about interesting people, places, and activities. They’re usually called “human interest” stories.They are interesting to us because they take us behind the scenes of familiar places, giving us a glimpse at their inner workings. The writer usually conveys an interesting interpretation or perspective that gives us something interesting or something provocative to respond to.They may introduce us to the exotic—peculiar hobbies, unusual professions, and bizarre personalities.They share many features with autobiographical and biographical writing—you can use narrative, anecdote, descriiption, dialogue—yet they also differ significantly: autobiography is about remembered experience whereas profile is (usually) about newly acquired observation—acquired firsthand or through research.This kind of writing helps you practice the field research methods used across many disciplines: observing, interviewing, and note taking are all techniques commonly used by investigative reporters, social scientists, and naturalists. The challenge once you’ve acquired your materials is to analyze and synthesize what you’ve gathered effectively—to give it shape in an essay that communicates a dominant impression.Basic Features of the Profile
A well-focused subject. The familiar or the exotic. Even the mundane can look interesting if you look closely and have a unique perspective to offer. Whatever your subject, your goal is to bring out his/her uniqueness, show what’s amazing or fascinating about them and their life.A vivid presentation: avoid generalizing. Instead of writing about “teenagers” in general, show us a vivid portrait of one in particular and leave it to readers to draw their own generalizations, if they wish.A dominant impression: convey your personal interpretation or impression of your subject, your own special insights—what you’ve gained by having spent time observing the scene and talking to people. Select your details carefully and arrange them in such a way that they convey your attitude. (For example, if you want your readers to see that you think the 13-year old gamer is out-of-control, you might focus on all the electronic equipment, the dark room, the candy bar wrappers on the floor, and the backpack that is thrown into a corner.)An engaging and informative plan: you are master of ceremonies; you control the flow of information—how much and in what order. What do you want your readers to fully understand?Some General Tips for This Assignment:
Do not write about a family member (too close to be truly objective), someone famous (unless you know them personally), or someone deceased (no opportunity for field research). You must be able to conduct an interview or observation for this paper.
Here’s a tip: Choose a person first, interview them in a strategic location (not Starbucks or your car), then research. Examples:
Interview the elderly woman across the street. Go to her house, record the details of her surroundings. Then do research on one thing that struck you (her dementia, her loneliness, her poverty, her deep religious beliefs, etc.). That will be your angle.Interview your friend who teaches dance. Go to her studio, record the details of her surroundings. Then do research on one thing that struck you (her persistent injuries, her struggle making ends meet on a dance instructor salary, the joy dance can bring to people, etc.) That will be your angle.Interview a homeless student who lives in her car. Record the details of her living situation. Then do research on one thing that struck you (what caused her homelessness, her resiliency despite her situation, the lack of resources that she can access, etc.). That will be your angle.Interview a volunteer at the animal shelter. Record the details of the shelter. Then do research on one thing that struck you (the lack of funding, the positive effects of volunteering on mental health, the animal activist philosophy, etc.). That will be your angle.Guidelines:
1000 words (minimum) required.Use strict 3rd person perspective.Include in-text citations and a Works Cited page.Follow MLA conventions for formatting your paper (double space, paragraph form, proper headings, etc.).Originality report must be 20% or less.
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