Project #31507 - Knowledge and individual power

Complete the following on pages 89-90 in Reading Literature and Writing Argument 5th Edition: Exploration 1 and Exploration 2. Choose three of the literary works to read, and base your responses to questions a-d upon your choices. Develop your responses to questions a-d into a full-length essay (no less than 750 words) that includes at least one example from each literary work.


For this activity, rather than writing out the argument as an essay, follow the steps below to discover ideas, develop a claim, and outline the evidence you might use in supportof that claim.


Exploration 1: Examine your own thinking on the subject of knowledge and individual power.

Try one of the following prewriting strategies:


Write the words knowledge and individual power at the top of a page, and write nonstop for ten minutes or so just to see what ideas emerge.


Write knowledge and individual power and list all the ideas, concepts, and terms that are associated with the words. List, but do not edit, allow your creative mind to work.


Write knowledge and individual power in the center of a page, circle the words, and cluster around the circle any ideas and concepts that come to mind.


Read back your prewriting and write response to the following questions:


Q). What assumptions or broad generalizations about knowledge and individual power are revealed in your prewriting?


Q). Can you identify specific, personal experiences that my have led you to make those generalizations?


Exploration 2: Explore ideas beyond your own.

Read three of the following stories, poems, and essays:


Randall Kenan, "The Foundations of the Earth"

Emily Dickinson, "Much madness is divinest sense"

Alma Luz Villanueva, "Crazy Courage"

Sherman Alexie, "Superman and Me"

Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"

Nathaniel Hawthrone, "The Birth-Mark"

Langston Hughes, "Theme for English B"


Once you have read the three works respond to these questions:


A. What is an implied claim on the subject of knowledge and individual power?

B. What evidence is offered in support of that claim?

C. What rhetorical appeals (ethos, logos, pathos) move the reader toward acceptance of the claim?

D. Upon reflection, how might you defend, refute, and/or qualify each claim?

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/21/2014 11:00 pm
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