Project #62861 - Evaluative Response based on Research

In this second unit, we’ve read about many topics, including: religion, comics, image and word, slavery, literacy, jail, gender, war, evil, poverty, inequality, and minimum wage.  Now, it’s your turn to weigh in on one of these issues.  Using outside research to inform your opinion/argument, write an essay in which you synthesize and analyze one of the authors’ arguments to decide whether you agree with him or her.  As you formulate your answer to this question, consider whether there are other factors that you think play a role in the issue at hand—you are required to bring in at least 3 sources of your own finding in addition to the class text.


Readings you can choose from:

 “Learning to Read and Write,” by Fredrick Douglass


Supporting Your Argument:

In responding to this prompt, I recommend that you first make sure you’re clear on the author’s opinion and any implicit or explicit argument.  Make sure you consider all sides of the issue and the possible arguments one could have.  Keep in mind that it is completely reasonable to partially agree and partially disagree with an author —this can actually help you make a stronger and more complex argument.


While you should contextualize your argument by explaining a bit about the article and the author’s opinions, remember that you need to do an in-depth analysis of the issues raised in the text.  You’’ need to support your point of view using evidence from the text and from at least three outside sources.  Demonstrate that you have read the sources carefully and understood them well; include careful analysis of specific quotations. Remember to cite your quotes.  You may also use examples from your own experience to complement the evidence from the texts; this evidence should be very specific, and should not be used instead of evidence from the texts. 



You will need to organize the essay with the following elements:

·      A unique title (yours, not theirs)

·      An introduction paragraph that briefly explains the text your paper is based on, including the author’s main point and rhetorical situation (include title, author’s full name, brief summary, purpose, target audience, and context).

·      A bridge that contextualizes your claim by introducing explaining an overview of the topic.

·      A thesis statement that makes a clear argument about your opinion on the issue you’re writing about.  You may either mention specifically your own opinion in response to the author’s or you may just state your own opinion about the given issue, without mentioning the author in the thesis.

·      Body paragraphs with topic sentences that move beyond summary to make supporting claims about HOW and WHY you agree/disagree/partially agree and disagree with their ideas. Include at least one direct quote from the text in each body paragraph, and punctuate and cite quotes properly with page numbers and signal phrases.

·      A conclusion that answers the question “So What?”

·      A Works Cited page with correct MLA formatting. Please double-space your essay, and don’t forget to leave time for sentence level editing.

·      Keep in mind that your focus is on your own opinion about the topic being discussed in the article, and that you are using the texts to support your ideas.


Audience and Purpose: You are writing for a well-read, college-educated person who is NOT familiar with the essays/articles you’re writing about. Your goals are to inform your reader about what these authors say AND persuade him or her to agree with what you think.


Additional tips for success:

ü  Begin by prewriting/brainstorming

ü  Include each author’s full name and the title of his/her essay the first time that you mention each one.  After that, refer to authors by their last name only.

ü  In your introduction, use a hook and then bridge to the thesis.  Be sure to introduce any authors you’ll discuss, too, and to give some context/background on their articles.

ü  Place YOUR thesis—your overall opinion—at the end of your introduction.

ü  Use Claim-Evidence-Analysis structure for the body paragraphs.

ü  Include several pieces of textual evidence in each body paragraph.  You may also wish to paraphrase and cite, but be sure that you include enough direct quotations to make your case persuasive.

ü  Analyze the textual evidence you include carefully and thoroughly.  Pay attention to diction, figurative language, etc.

ü  Format your document in MLA style; double-spaced, 1-inch margins,  Times New Roman font, etc.

ü  Revise and proofread carefully for content, clarity (diction), and grammar issues.

ü  Go to The Writing Center or come see me if you need help getting started!

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 03/20/2015 11:00 pm
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