Assignment 1……Due Thurs. July 11 by noon CST.
First, these are the three essays you should read for this week’s assignments:
1. Bell Hooks, “Seeing and Making Culture: Representing the Poor,” found on pages 486 to 493.
2. Evan Kindley, “Quiz Mania,” found on pages 507 to 514
3. Mary Aiken, “Designed to Addict,” found on pages 614 to 628
Read these essays first, and then respond to the discussion topic.
Your job in this discussion threads is to outline and define the conversation begun by the three assigned readings. This discussion unit should help you gather your thoughts for your essay due on Saturday.
In this discussion, let’s read rhetorically to understand the central claims, supporting arguments, and persuasive strategies of the authors. Anticipating this unit’s essay assignment, let’s also attempt to identify the structural plan of the essays.
In your initial post in this thread this unit, choose 1 of the assigned articles to analyze, using all of the questions below. Answer each question in 3-5 sentences.
1. Read the brief introduction to the article. What is the context of this piece? Who is the author? When, where, why, and how was it initially published? Who was the original audience for this article?
2. What seems to have motivated the writer to write this piece? Is there some current event, a problem, a question, or another article that seems to have inspired the article? How do you know?
3. What seems to be the overall message or point of this article? Where does the author state this point or main claim?
4. What evidence does the writer include to support his or her claims? What pieces of evidence do you find most persuasive?
5. How is the article structured? What strategies has the writer used for introduction and conclusions? Why might the writer have chosen these particular strategies?
6. How does this article “speak” to the other two assigned articles? What do they have in common? What major differences can you identify? In other words, what is the “conversation”among the articles?
Assignment 2……Due Sat. July 13 by noon CST.
In Essay #4, you will enter in conversation with other writers by writing a thesis-driven essay that responds to 3 readings selected by your instructor.
The three essays are:
1. Bell Hooks, “Seeing & Making Culture: Representing the Poor,” pg 486 to 493
2. Evan Kindley, “Quiz Mania,” found on pages 507 to 514 3. Mary Aiken, “Designed to Addict,” found on pages 614 to 628
Your essay should include all of the following:
· A precise thesis, or main claim that connects at least one ide from each of the three assigned articles
· Supporting details or evidence for your claim
· A clearly defined audience
· A brief outline or summary of the “conversation” begin by the 3 assigned articles
· At least one direct reference (through quotation, summary, or paraphrase) to each of the 3 assigned articles
Guidelines for Essay #4
Length/Due Date: approximately 900-1,100 words, due Saturday midnight Central Standard Time (CST).
Style/Format: This, as all essays in EN106, should be formatted in a standard scholarly format. (Most students follow MLA or APA guidelines, which are outlined in Easy Writer.) No matter what format you follow, be sure to do the following:
Use 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced.
Use 1-inch margins top, bottom, and sides.
Although no cover page is needed, you should include your name, my name, the course number/title, and date at the upper left-hand corner of the manuscript.
Research & Documentation: This essay must include formal references to the assigned articles. Use your skills of quotation, paraphrase, and summary to incorporate these writers’ perspectives, and be sure to provide in-text citations using a standard scholarly style, such as MLA or APA. And, of course, you must also provide appropriate documentation for any other sources you cite.
Works Cited/References: Your essay should include an appropriate bibliography, with an entry for each individual source you reference in the body of the essay.
Titles: Include a descriptive title at the beginning of your essay that tips your readers off to your thesis. Do not format your title with quotation marks, boldface, underlining or italics.
Cover pages: Please do not format your essay to include a cover page.
Deadline: Submit your final draft essay no later than Midnight CST on Saturday at the end of this unit.
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