Project #95944 - Essay

Essay Assignment #3: Gender


Optional conferences: Tuesday, 11/29

Final due date: by 10pm on Tuesday, 11/29


Minimum requirements to earn credit:

  • Length: 4 pages (plus Works Cited page)
  • Documentation: a Works Cited page and no plagiarism within the essay (you must use quotation marks correctly, put summary/paraphrase in your own words, and include signal phrases and citations.)


Purpose: To practice research and integrate sources; To consider audience and purpose; To explain and support your opinion; To practice the steps of writing an essay – analysis of the writing situation, discovery, drafting, and revising/editing; To practice MLA documentation and formatting; To use proper grammar and spelling.


Assignment and Format: Choose one of the options below and write a 4 page essay. Follow MLA paper formatting and documentation style. Use standard spelling, grammar, and diction. You may not use first person or second person terms for this assignment. Make sure to answer each of the questions in the option you choose.


      Option #1: Wollstonecraft discusses her frustration with masculinity, femininity,

and hereditary wealth in British society in the 1790s. Choose 1-2 of

Wollstonecraft’s complaints about her society. Explain Wollstonecraft’s opinion on the issue(s), and then decide whether the problem or problems exist today. What, if any, progress has been made in these areas?  (You may relate your discussion to countries other than the United States if you like.)


            Examples: To what extent are women discriminated against in the work force

            today? Are men and women still judged by different moral standards?


Option #2: Greer and Butler make controversial claims about gender roles in their texts.

Consider ideas from these texts that you disagree with or want to know more about. For your essay, choose one assertion from either text, explain the author’s opinion on it, and use research to determine whether the author is correct.


            Examples: Is there evidence that male and female infants are treated differently as

            Greer suggests? Are women in the workplace still subjected to sexual harassment  

            in the way Greer describes? Is there more evidence that gender is determined by

            anatomy, as David Reimer’s case suggests? Is there evidence of an “essential

            gender core” in people – a sense of maleness or femaleness that is more important

            than how they are raised?


Option #3: This option is significantly different from the others. If you plan to take a literature course for your degree, this option will help you prepare to write literary analysis essays. Pick a fairytale or children’s story and examine how it depicts masculinity and femininity. You might think about how the story shows “good” and “bad” men and women - how do they look, think, and/or behave? What social expectations about men and women does the story teach? You can assume the reader has read the story, so you should not tell the entire plot to the reader; just pick specific details and evidence to support your body paragraphs. (For this option, the primary text can count as one of your required sources. Talk to me if you have trouble finding sufficient credible sources.)


Examples: The Grimm Brothers’ “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” or “Snow White”;

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.


Option #4: Another approved topic of your choice. Pick a topic that interests you

            and relates to class texts and our discussions of gender and culture. Submit your

            topic to me either in class or in an email. Your topic must be approved before you

            begin to write. If you write on an unapproved topic, you will receive a grade of zero

            on this assignment!


Sources: You must use and cite at least five credible sources.


You may NOT list any sources on your Works Cited page that you do not use in your paper. Also, you may NOT use (through quotation, paraphrase, or summary) any sources that you do not cite – this is plagiarism and grounds for failing the assignment.


Submission: Your document must be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Remember to review the penalties for submitting a late paper that are listed in the syllabus. Do not email your essay, clicking the Evaluation tab, and then choosing Assignment Dropbox. (More detailed directions are available as a document on the Content tab.)




Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/29/2015 09:00 pm
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