Essay Four Instructions Read and follow the instructions very carefully. Write an essay in response to one of the following prompts: This semester, you've examined the ways in which a person's education, gender, language, and relationships, among other things, can help shape his or her identity. Write an essay that explains which factors have the greatest influence in shaping a person's identity. You must use at least one source from Writing on the River and three to five additional sources (from books, database articles, or reputable websites). Remember to include plenty of examples to support and illustrate your argument. Over the last couple of weeks, we have explored some linguistic strategies employed by speakers and writers to express their identities; some of these are intentional, but many are used subconsciously. Compare some of these strategies and explain what each exposes or expresses about the identity of the speaker/writer and how. Present an argument for which strategy is most effective in revealing identity and explain whether the effect is negative or positive. You must use at least one source from Writing on the River and three to five additional sources (from books, database articles, or reputable websites). Remember to include plenty of examples to support and illustrate your argument. Requirements: Write an essay of at least 1200 words in response to the above prompt. This includes the first word of the essay to the last word of the essay; the essay title, heading, and Works Cited page are not included in the word count. Follow the document formatting guidelines as indicated in the MLA section of your handbook. Instructions for MLA format are in Module 0, and an example essay is on page 161 of The Tiger Guide to Writing. Use in-text, parenthetical citations in MLA format each time you paraphrase, summarize, or quote directly from a source. Include a corresponding MLA-formatted Works Cited page. Use third-person academic voice for all essays in this course. Do NOT use first person (I, me, my, we, us, our) or second person (you, your). Use the literary present tense (say "Giovanni argues for control" not "Giovanni argued for control"). Save and submit your work as either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or a Rich Text Document (.rtf). The Originality Report generated by Turn It In must not exceed 25%. Submit work early to review the report and contact your instructor with questions.