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Profile Essay #1
Research paper
MLA, Times New Roman, 12 point font; 3-5 Pages (Double-spaced)
Most of us are familiar with profiles. Consider the readings within our book. A profile of a
person is probably the type with which you are most familiar, but profiles can also take other
forms. Loosely defined, a profile describes a person, place, or event through close observation.
For this assignment, you will need to write a profile of a person, place, event, or group
using a particular angle to focus on an interesting and specific aspect of your subject. I
would like to approve your topic before you move forward. For example, you cannot write your
grandfather’s entire life story in an essay, but you could discuss your grandfather’s career as a
minor league pitcher. You could describe a park in your hometown where everyone meets and
how it has evolved over the years. Another example is profiling an event you attended with the
focus being on the event. You could profile your co-worker, a family member, a friend—as long
as those people are interesting to you. These should not be famous people unless you personally
have access to your subject. While you can be present in the story, you should keep the focus of
your profile not on yourself as it is difficult to maintain objectivity when speaking about oneself.
Keep in mind that you will need access to your subject for observation and to interview your
subject or someone involved with your subject. That being said, you will need to ask for
permission to interview (or write about) someone, and you should have a back-up plan in case
your first choice says no.
Your Essay Should Demonstrate Your Ability to:
• Write a profile that functions as a written portrait of your chosen subject
• Depict the subject in an engaging manner that conveys the subject’s significance and unique attributes
• Give important background information that contextualizes the subject
• Establish a clear perspective, or “angle,” on the subject and craft a clear, focused thesis that establishes
that angle
• Support the thesis with well-paragraphed details, including, but not limited to, specific information
about the subject, sensory images, figurative language, and dialogue
• Use tone appropriate for a clearly defined public audience
Clear, well-edited writing that is free of proofreading errors and errors of grammar, mechanics, and
syntax

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