Choose one essay from thetextbook (preferably one we from the syllabus that we have discussed),and then choose one of thefollowing options:
1) Agreewith the author. One way you can do this is focus on a point or idea the authorshould have addressed but did not. Perhaps argue that the author should nothave ignored the issue of A because of B.
2) Disagreewith the authors point. Create your own argument that opposes either a minor ormajor point the author makes.
NOTE: Do NOT create an argument that just repeats what the author says.You should be focusing on an angle the author did not address or disagreeingwith the author. The more specific your argument, the stronger your argumentwill be. Make sure you have clear areas of support.
In choosing the essay from the textbook, startby reviewing the essays we already read since those are more familiar to you.However, if youd like to use an essay from the book that we didnt read(whether its from a unit we covered or not), thats an option. If youchoose a reading we did not discuss, please inform me first. The essay fromyour reader will be your primary source.
Not counting the essay from the textbook, you must have a minimum of threesecondary sources (total of four sources minimum).
You must refer directly to each of these foursources at least once somewhere in your paper, preferably through direct quotes(but remember that every time you quote a source directly orparaphrase/summarize it in your own words, you must follow it with an MLAcitation). I will be looking for aminimum of one in-text citation for each of your four required sources, andthey must also be on your Works Cited page. If something is cited in thepaper, it must also be in Works Cited and vice versa.
At least one of your sources must be a scholarlyarticle from a scholarly journal. This source cannot be a book review, a shortarticle (only a few pages), or an editorial from a scholarly journal. It mustbe a lengthy article with a clear description of the author as an expert in thefield, and it must include citations, references, or sources. Your scholarlyarticle must come from one of the databases in the ECC library. I can help youdetermine if the source you find can be considered scholarly.
Your other two sources can be from anywhere thatyou think is appropriate to help you back up your argument. You can use regularwebsites, such as CNN or The New York Times. You can interview someone. Theycan also be other articles from the library databases. You can also use books,films, documentaries, television shows, or other form of media. Be advised that the ECC databases can also provide you non-scholarlynewspaper and magazine articles. However,please note that you may NOT use Wikipedia or similar sites. If you are notsure whether a site is acceptable or not, feel free to see me so we can discussit.
Requirements for organizing and supporting your argument:
Your introduction must refer directly to theessay from the textbook, andyour argument (specifically your thesis) must respond directly to some aspectof that essay.
Your thesis should clearly state your argumentplus your areas of support. Three to five areas of support would beappropriate. You will need to devote a few paragraphs to each area of support.Make sure you write clear topic sentences and develop smooth transitions.
You must clearly introduce your sources and helpyour reader understand why you find these sources reliable and useful.
Essay format requirements:
5 pages long (minimum), word-processed, with 1margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12 (MLA 8thedition).
proof-read, spell-checked, with as few grammarerrors as possible (since this will be done in Word, use spell check andgrammar check).
MLA 8th edition in-text citation inthe body of the paper. Every time youquote directly or paraphrase from a source, you must use in-text citation.
MLA 8th edition Works Cited page atthe end of your paper (does not count toward page requirement). Your Works Cited page should have a minimumof your three required secondary sources, plus the essay from the textbook (your primary source).Feel free to use the citation generator I have posted in Moodle.
The final copy must be submitted as a Worddocument to Moodle.
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