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In addition to preparing the essays for the assigned dates in the course schedule each student submits a self-assessment at the end of the semester. This includes a reflection on the student's progress in achieving course goals including class participation.
Objectives for each assignment:
To engage your audience by helping them think creatively and critically about a topic.
To follow a drafting process in composing using peer review feedback and reading aloud to assist revision.
To prepare an essay with a well-supported controlling idea an appropriate order and carefully constructed sentences.
Provide a descriptive title for every assignment.
Essay 1 Personal reflection/memoir. Possible Theme:
Strategies: Narration/Description (700 words)
Use concrete sensory details dialog if appropriate and develop an appropriate organization.
In recreating an event
determine the major conflicts and turning point and use order and details that
develop them. In writing dialog use correct punctuation new paragraphs for new
speakers if appropriate and speaker tags when needed.
In describing a place or person use details to support a dominant mood or impression.
Essay 2 Choose theme from text essays Strategies: Exemplification cause-effect narration (700-800 words) Consider these themes as well as others listed in text: culture and identity; uses of power; perspectives on life and death; social problems and consequences. In your writing demonstrate what you have learned from two text selections considering both theme and writing strategies. Include a Works Cited list.
Essay 3 Choose issue from text essays
Format: Argument/Persuasion (700-800 words)
Take a position on a debatable issue related to a text essay and convince your readers to accept your position through a well-reasoned argument. Apply appropriate writing strategies discussed in class (such as stasis questions and rhetorical appeals) and use one reference to a source. Follow MLA Style for parenthetical citations and the Work(s) Cited list and integrate the source correctly in the text of your paper.
Complete an annotated bibliography listing 8 sources for the research project. Four of the eight sources must include Nickel and Dimed and 1 or 2 text readings and 1-2 articles from the sources listed on the course web site. Use the library databases to find the additional resources including one that is identified as peer-reviewed. The annotation is a statement about the purpose of each source and its value for your essay. You may also comment on the writer's credibility or bias. Follow MLA style of documentation.
Write a summary and evaluation of the most helpful source for your research topic. Your summary should reflect a careful reading of the essay and use specific references to the text; use limited quotations from the text and credit any quotations with parenthetical citations. Develop an appropriate organization for supporting details. You might develop your controlling idea by posing a question that comes from the reading and then expand on the writer's ideas in your essay.
List the bibliographic
information for the reading in MLA format at the end of the essay with the title
Research Essay Project
Using the sources from your bibliography compose an essay narrating your research process and reporting what you've learned from the sources. Present the sources as support for your research objectives and include quoted or paraphrased passages from four of the sources. Cite the passages according to MLA format. Use the articles from the text and the course web site sources as well as one of the additional sources you accessed from the library databases.
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