Essay #3 Defending a Position on Idea-making
“Human communities depend upon a diversity of talent not a singular conception of ability”
“You cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do is like a farmer create the conditions under which it will begin to flourish.”
“Our task is to educate their [our students] whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.”
Prompt: Ken Robinson is an education reform and creativity advocate. His ideas about creative idea-making are always controversial. Choose one of the quotes above. Do you agree or disagree with Robinson? Why? There are two ways you can fulfill the requirements for this essay. 1). Choose one example and write five arguments to defend your position; 2.) Alternatively, choose several unique examples to defend your position.
Quality: Be careful not to write an unfocused diatribe. Your essay should contain a compelling, college-level thesis and several well-developed and college-level paragraphs that support a thesis and reflect the description above for the assignment. Use claim, evidence, or result. Your essay must convince the reader. Use persuasive argumentation.
• College level essays are persuasive and not expository (mere summary or recapitulation of the author’s ideas.)
• Avoid general claims and instead be specific. Use college-level concepts and vocabulary.
• Persuasive arguments in a paragraph include a mini-thesis (or topic sentence) that includes a claim, evidence and result (or the significance of the claim).
• Avoid universal and absolute statements. Avoid building platitudes.
• You should use at least one outside source for this particular assignment. Outside source means use a quality book or article other than the books used in class. Likewise, be careful. Not all sources are equal. Never use Wikipedia as a source.
Format: In fairness to everyone, essays must be formatted in the exact same way. Refer to the formatting procedures for “First page of MLA paper” in The Little, Brown Handbook. If you do not format properly, your essay will be handed back to you and considered late until it has been correctly formatted. Essays should be 3 ½ pages minimum, double-spaced, 12 Roman font, paginated, and stapled.
Mon. 4/14 Essay #3 Rough draft Due upload by 2pm
Thurs. 5/1 Essay #3 Final Draft Due uploaded by 2pm. You must hand-in your rough draft with my comments on this day.
Essay #2 Close Reading & Compare and Contrast Essay
Goal: What is a “close reading”? Compare and Contrast?
To learn how to create a college-level literature paper. We are crossing the bridge from high school level essay to college level English paper.
This kind of assignment, so often used in university courses, involves looking at several texts. In a close reading, you as the writer seek out patterns within the work itself, and suggest why those patterns are significant ones. In addition, you might show how these patterns are sometimes violated or varied. You are searching for some meaning. Your job is to show how your interpretation, your explanation of the work’s meaning, can be supported by details of the text itself. In other words, after doing a careful reading of each story collecting evidence, you demonstrates similarities or differences, or similarities and differences between two stories. You should strive not to come up with a meaning that everyone will see immediately (this would be so obvious and more like a review when you simply recapitulate what the author has said), but a meaning or an interpretation that you, having taken great care analyzing the work, have arrived at and need to convince your readers of. A compelling thesis is absolutely necessary.
Prompt: Compare and contrast two (2) science fiction short stories from our list. Demonstrates similarities or differences. Refer to the compare and contrast worksheet.. Did deep! What is the relation between what is being said and “how” it is being said?
Quality: Your essay should contain several well-developed and college-level paragraphs with topic sentences that support your thesis and reflect the description for this paper.
Format: In fairness to everyone, essays must be formatted in the exact same way. Refer to the formatting procedures for “First page of MLA paper” in The Little, Brown Handbook. If you do not format properly, your essay will be handed back to you and considered late until it has been correctly formatted. Essays should be 3 1/2 pages minimum, double-spaced, 12 Roman font, paginated, and stapled.
Sources: Whenever you quote any work of literature, you must use citations. Essays must contain properly formatted, in-sentence citations and a Works Cited page to receive credit.
Thurs. 3/13 Essay #2 Rough Draft Due
Thurs. 3/27 Essay #2 Final Draft Due / Bring rough draft #2 (that include my comments to class)
Essay #1: How to Solve an Important Problem
Prompt: Part I: state a problem and tell the reader why you think it’s worth solving. Part II: suggest a creative and new way to solve this problem.
Goal: To create a college-level essay that utilizes persuasive argumentation skills by building a strong, compelling argument. To create a persuasive argumentative essay that makes a claim or takes a position, and backs it up with compelling arguments. To learn how to avoid bias or weak arguments. To use claim, evidence, and result as a writing strategy throughout your essays. Writer should build a compelling, well-rounded argument. In addition, support his or her position using carefully placed evidence from both texts and/or other. To learn how to best organize an argument so that it will persuade the reader.
Quality: Your essay should contain several clear, well-developed and college-level paragraphs with topic sentences that support your thesis (persuasive argument) and reflect the description for this paper. Be specific. Clarity is very important. Check your grammar, sentence structure, word choice, and spelling thoroughly before uploaded it to Turnitin.com.
Paragraph: Pay careful attention to paragraph development. A paragraph is a collection of related sentences dealing with a single topic. There should be a strong topic sentence in every paragraph.
Title: This semester we will work on developing well-crafted titles for your essays. If you use a title page, you must not count that as a page. Otherwise, titles must be formatted correctly.
Format: In fairness to everyone, essays must be formatted in the exact same way. Refer to the formatting procedures for “First page of MLA paper” in The Little, Brown Handbook. If you do not format properly, your essay will be handed back to you and considered late until it has been correctly formatted. Essays should be 2 pages minimum, double-spaced, 12 Times New Roman fonts, paginated, and stapled. Essay must be formatted with one inch margins all around. Essays that are not formatted correctly will be handed back and considered late.
Documenting Sources: Do not use outside sources for this assignment.
Thurs. 2/6 Essay #1 Roughdraft Due (upload to Turnitin.com by 2pm)
Thurs. 2/27 Essay ##1 Final Due (upload it to Turnitin.com by 2pm)
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