Essay #3: “Weigh In” On An Issue Due 11/20!
30% of final grade
6-7 pages, double-spaced
Draft due 10/30!
Building on the critical thinking and writing skills, in this next essay you will discuss one of the issues being raised by our recent readings:
How to Tame a Wild Tongue by Gloria Anzaldua
The F Word by Firoozeh Dumas
Aria by Richard Rodriguez
Tongue Tied by Maxine Hong Kingston
(I Am Nobody But Myself by Omar Aziz)
Mother Tongue by Amy Tan
For this essay, you will summarize (briefly) two essays to the issue you choose and explain your own opinion, supporting it by analyzing the texts and by drawing upon one outside source. Try to challenge yourself by fully developing your critique. Push yourself to experiment with and advance your writing style.
Introduce the issue. Begin your essay by introducing what specific issue the two articles you selected are discussing. Be sure to present the issue in an argumentative manner, so that some people will agree and others will disagree.
Summarize the articles briefly. You cannot assume your audience has read either of the articles. Therefore, you should briefly summarize each article early on in the essay. Be sure to state what the authors’ main arguments are and mention their main points of support and evidence. You should also tell your audience when and where the articles were published and who they were written by. See the Purdue Online Writing Lab website for the rules and advice for integrating and documenting sources correctly. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.
“Weigh In”. Create a “conversation” about the issue both authors are speaking about. [ X sees the issue this way …. while Y interprets it this way….] Position yourself within that conversation. This does not mean that you’re taking sides. This means you’re saying you see the issue completely differently than both Person X and Y, OR perhaps you agree with a point Person X makes but disagree with his or her other points. Write as an objective authority, rather than using the narrative voice.
Adequately support your opinions by analyzing the authors’ points and evidence or by adding new points and evidence based on your own experiences or other outside knowledge. Work to persuade your audience you’re making a thoughtful, informed contribution to the “conversation” about this issue.
VISUAL REPRESENTATION: Include a photograph that captures your theme.
Document and integrate your source according to MLA guidelines. Now that we have discussed how to incorporate and document sources properly in your writing, you should document any passages from both articles that you paraphrase, summarize, and/or quote. I am requiring that you include at least one paraphrase and at least one quote from the readings into your essay. You may include more if you wish. You should also have a proper Works Cited entry for both sources at the end of your essay. You can find MLA guidelines for in-text citations and Works Cited entries athttp://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.
GRADING CRITERIA A strong essay will…
• Introduce the issue you’re “weighing in” on.
• Include brief introductory summaries of the articles that highlight the main ideas clearly and succinctly.
• Contain a clear, well-supported argument about your own view of the issue at hand.
• Include an engaging and thoughtful introduction and conclusion that move beyond rudimentary statements of argument and reiterations of main points.
• Progress logically and smoothly with appropriate transitions indicating connections between ideas.
• Make appropriate use of sentence structure, word choice, grammar, spelling, and punctuation that enables rather than hinders clear and effective communication.
• Document and integrate source material correctly and effectively both in the essay and in the Works Cited.
• Show significant revision of ideas, language, and style from first to final draft.
• Meet the minimum page requirement of 4-5 pages.
Draft due 10/30! Final Copy 11/20!
ESSAY FORMAT: double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, standard 1-inch margins; your name, instructor’s name, the class (English 111), and the date should appear in the upper left corner of the first page; pages should be numbered. Example below:
November 20, 2017
A Photograph that Captures the Theme
Start first paragraph here…….