Determine the thesis of a TED lecture, and then to demonstrate, in an essay of analysis, how the lecture you have selected has defended its thesis. Finally, you will show how it is relevant to your life experience.

• Select a TED lecture on a subject of interest to you. You can do this by searching TED.com and linking on the tab for “Watch.” You may also wish to use one of the lectures you viewed for the discussion forum (Pope, Bell, Porter, Katz, or Russell).

• Once you have seen the lecture and decided to write about it, make sure you have the “interactive transcript” available, so you can use exact quotations from the text of the lecture.

• Then, consider the following: speakers often make claims, and these claims must be supported by direct evidence. Usually, a lecture provides a variety of types of evidence, including, but not limited to, personal experience of the speaker, anecdotes from others, statistics and facts from media sources, definitions from dictionaries, scientific research, social research, etc. Speakers also may often examine a “slice of life” and this “slice of life” can often be projected forward to impact upon larger cultural issues.

Action Items
BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR PAPER (! some cautions!)

This is the first paper that you will write where you will be working with a source. The source, in this case, is the TED lecture you have chosen. Be sure to use quotation marks when quoting the exact words of the speaker.
You may also paraphrase and summarize the lecture in your own words, but be especially clear about identifying the language and ideas of the speaker, so the reader of your essay can tell where the speaker’s ideas are and where your ideas are.
If you use the exact language of the speaker, you must use quotation marks around the speaker’s words.
If you copy and paste words from the transcript into your paper without attribution, you are plagiarizing.
Please check this link for information about how to avoid plagiarism.
Click the document below for an explanation of basic MLA writing guidelines and how to handle quotes effectively.

Academic and Essay Writing- The Basics.docx