1.) You write about a person, place, situation, event, or an activity. Paper should be 3-4 pages in length.
2.) You not only provide enough information that the uninformed reader understands what the activity or place consists of, but you also guide our response to it by creating a dominant impression of it.
3.) The dominant impression is created by providing adequate details, including visual and other sensory details and quotations.
4.) You focus the essay on these two goals (information and dominant impression).
5.) The essay has an introduction, body, and conclusion.
6.) Each paragraph is unified – by having one, and only one, topic – and the paragraphs are long enough to be convincing, their topics developed with specific information.
7.) The essay is carefully organized – the paragraphs are arranged in a logical order.
8.) The choice of words is precise, appropriate, and standard English.
9.) If there are errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics, they do not distract the reader nor obscure the essay’s ideas.
10) MLA format is correct.

Introductions and Conclusions for Profile Essays
The Beginning:
The opening or “lead” is especially important in a profile.Â� Because readers are unlikely to have any particular reason to read a profile, the writer must arouse their curiosity and interest.Â� The best beginnings are surprising and specific; the worst are abstract.
•Should I open with a striking image or vivid scene?
•Should I begin with a statement of the central theme?
•Should I start with an intriguing epigraph?
•Do I have an amazing fact that would catch readers’ attention?
•Is there an anecdote that captures the essence of the subject?
•Should I open with a question, perhaps one answered in the essay?
•Do I have any dialogue that would serve as a good beginning?
The Ending:
•Should I try to frame the essay by repeating an image or phrase from the beginning or by completing an action begun earlier in the profile?
•Would it be effective to end by restating the interpretation?
•Should I end with a telling image, anecdote, or bit of dialogue?

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