Project #54653 - Writing Assignment

WRTG 101/101S
Writing Assignment #1: Comparison-Contrast Essay

Writing Assignment #1 will be a comparison-contrast essay on the perspectives of Dr. Karen Head and Thomas Friedman on the effectiveness of online writing courses.

The following links feature the following:

·         a series of articles written by Dr. Head on her experience in teaching a composition course through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform

·         a video interview with Friedman on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

·         an article by Friedman on MOOCs.

Friedman discusses MOOCs in general, while Head describes her experience in teaching a writing class using a MOOC platform.

·         Karen Head

o   the following link provides a series of short articles written by Dr. Head on her experience in teaching a freshman composition class through a MOOC:


o   the following link is to an article written by Head called “Massive Open Online Adventure”


·         Thomas Friedman


o   “A Conversation with Thomas Friedman, Part 2: Missing the Point on MOOCs, Cost vs. Value in Higher Ed and the '401(k) World'”


o   “Revolution Hits the Universities,”



Your essay should have the following:

·         an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement.

·         at least three body paragraphs that illustrate at least three major points and defend these points by referring to the Head article, the Friedman interview, and the Friedman article.

You will want to paraphrase or quote from the texts as appropriate.  Don’t worry about citation style for this paper.  If you quote from or paraphrase either author, simply put that author’s name in parentheses after the sentence that contains the quotation or paraphrase.

Your body paragraphs should follow either the block pattern of organization or the alternating pattern of organization.


·         a compelling concluding paragraph. 

Please emphasize the differences between the two authors in this essay.  You may want to point out the similarity or similarities.  However, the main focus of your essay will be on their differences.

Length: 1000-1200 words



Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 01/25/2015 09:00 am
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