English 5, Spring '06

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Essay 3

5-7 pages
typed, double-spaced

For this essay you will take a stance on an issue. Your topic will relate directly to the subject of death. I encourage you to focus on the death industry (look to Mitford’s book for inspiration), how the media portrays death, how we as a society cope with death. You must email me your topic by April 14th.

Once you’ve developed your topic and taken a stance on an issue related to the topic, you will need to persuade your reader to agree with your stance. You will accomplish this with strong writing, a well thought out argument and supporting evidence. You will seek out evidence from legitimate sources such as books, magazines and newspapers. The outside materials should not make the argument for you, but rather, enhance and support your argument. For a review of how to write an argument, reread chapter six in From Critical Thinking to Argument. For more information on how to incorporated research materials read chapter seven in From Critical Thinking to Argument

What I expect:
- citations from legitimate sources using proper MLA format
- a works cited page (MLA format)
- a well articulated argument
- a strong thesis statement
- an error-free essay (proofread, proofread, proofread)

Draft Workshop: 4/18 (bring 2 copies and the front page for my review)
Final draft due: 4/25

Absolutely no late papers will be accepted!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Annotated bib. instructions

Your name
Annotated Bib #1

Cross, Gary. “Barbie, GI Joe, and Play in the 1960s.” Kids Stuff: Toys and the Changing World of American Childhood. Ed. Gary Cross. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997.

Below your MLA style citation of the article, you will give a brief summary (typed, double spaced). In addition, include a paragraph about your own opinions and reflections of the article. Also, examine any bias that may exist. Here are some questions to consider when composing your annotated bib.
- What is the author’s primary argument?
- What words or key terms are fundamental to that argument?
- What evidence does the author provide to support the argument?
- What underlying assumptions shape the author’s position?

Due: 3/21, on "Sacred Images"
Due: 4/16, on chapter from Stiff
Due: 5/16, on TBD