Purpose: You will learn to organize and explain ideas with clarity, vividness, effectiveness and grammatical and mechanical correctness in expository essays. You will also learn to use evidence in a thesis-driven essay argumentatively asserting one viewpoint over another You will learn to organize and explain ideas with clarity, vividness, effectiveness and grammatical and mechanical correctness in expository essays. And, you will learn to create unified, coherent, well-developed texts that demonstrate a self-critical awareness of rhetorical elements such as purpose, audience, and organization.
Directions: Read the following prompts. Pick one prompt. Start organizing your thoughts. What side do you want to argue?
After deciding which prompt you will argue, find six outside sources (not from your book) that support your point of view or that you can use to refute. You will use these six sources for your annotated bibliography.
Then, come up with a thesis and create your topic sentences supporting your thesis.
Highlight some quotes that you can use.
When writing your essay, you will need at least three sources (two from the outside sources and your annotated bibliography and the essay from our book that corresponds to the prompt.
You should use the attached checklistPreview the document to be sure your essay is in final format.
Read “What Happened to Free Speech on College Campuses?” by Sarah Hemphill, from The Brief Bedford Reader, pp. 410-417. Decide if you agree or disagree or even both agree and disagree with the points made by the author. Jot down some ideas as to why or why not she is correct. Additionally, read the “Weary Oracle” by Dawn Lundy Martin on pages 400-404 and “Blanket Security” by Thomas Chatterton Williams on pages 405-409. In an essay bring these three writers together considering what they have in common as well as what they do not. Be sure to support your opinion with credible sources!
Read “How the Death Penalty Saves Lives” by David B. Muhlhausen from The Brief Bedford Reader, pp. 391-394 and “What I Learned from Executing Two Men” on pp. 395-399. Decide if you agree or disagree or even both agree and disagree with the points made by the authors. In “How the Death Penalty Saves Lives,” Muhlhausen approaches the death penalty quite differently from Thompson. Not only do their opinions differ fundamentally, but Muhlhausen’s view is broad and abstract while Thompson’s is intensely personal; and Muhlhausen’s appeal is largely rational while Thompson’s is largely emotional. What side of the fence do you fall on? With whom do you agree? Why? Research the issue and support your opinion. Be sure to support your opinion with credible sources!
Read “Supporting Family Values” by Linda Chavez from The Brief Bedford Reader, pp. 385-390. Decide if you agree or disagree or even both agree and disagree with the points made by the author. While defending the status of some illegal immigrants, Chavez stresses the need for all immigrants to “fully adapt,” or assimilate, to American culture. Read Tal Fortgang’s “Checking My Privilege” (p. 349), which touches on the author’s grandparents’ experiences as Polish refugees during World War II. What does it mean to be “American” in a country as diverse as the United States? In an essay, define, defend, or dispute the concept of assimilation. To what extent should recent immigrants be expected to trade ethnic or national identity for a new American identity? What might such an identity encompass and how could it be obtained? What is gained, or lost, when immigrants become “Americanized”? Be sure to support your opinion with credible sources!
Read “Gossip is Good” by Ben Healy from The Brief Bedford Reader, pp. 313-316. Decide if you agree or disagree or even both agree and disagree with the points made by the author. Jot down some ideas. Have you recently been struck by curiosity, perhaps because of something you heard on the street, or because of something you’ve read, or because of a phenomenon you’ve noticed? What question did that raise in your mind? Research for information but be sure you seek published scholarly works or interview an expert or two. Then write an essay that presents your findings providing plenty of evidence to support your thesis as to whether or not gossip is good.
Some cultural analysts have suggested that the resurgence of vampire stories in the last three decades can be attributed to the AIDS epidemic that emerged in the 1980s. Research scholarly journals and conduct a keyword search with “vampires and AIDS” and read some of the arguments in favor of this theory. How do you respond to the articles? Do alternative interpretations undermine Braudy’s classification or do they simply complicate it? Be sure to support your opinion with credible sources!
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