Posted: March 10th, 2015
VARBEL 1A ESSAY 2 (ARTICLE EVALUATION)—
Form: 4 pages long PLUS a Works Cited Page, double-spaced, computer printed, MLA formatted, and 12 font. If your essay is less than 1000 words long following the above specifications, it will not pass, regardless of how good it might be otherwise. Up to 10% will be deducted from the final paper grade if you are not present on Peer Response Day with 2 complete copies of your paper.
NOTE: You must submit this paper to Turnitin.com to receive credit for it and the English Department’s 5 Major Errors on Average Per Page Policy applies to this assignment (see syllabus).
Content: Choose 1 of the following options:
• To what extent do you agree or disagree with Eberstadt that the lyrics to music popular among adolescents reflect a “problem” of “broken homes,” etc? Focus on the artists who are popular today among adolescents, not ones who she mentions in the article who are now no longer popular among adolescents.
• To what extent do you agree or disagree with Ms. Hoschild that families suffer as a result of women having to work a “Second Shift”?
• To what extent do you agree or disagree with Ms. Essig and Ms. Owens that marriage is bad for us?
• Pick any other argumentative reading from The Little, Brown Reader (it doesn’t have to be assigned on the schedule) and write an essay explaining to what extent do you agree or disagree with it. You must run by me first though what other reading you have in mind if you want to pursue this option to make sure that the essay is suitable to analyze for this assignment; many essays in The Little, Brown Reader are narratives, not arguments, and would not work to try to analyze for this assignment. If you do not run by me what other reading you have in mind before turning in your essay, you will not receive credit for the essay.
Try to create a complex thesis that both agrees and disagrees with points made by the argument made by the article. But, if you do this, make sure that you are specific in your thesis about what points you agree and what points you disagree.
You can also completely agree with points made by the article you choose, completely disagree with points made by the article you choose, mostly agree with points made by the article you choose, or mostly disagree with points made by the article you choose. No matter what opinion you have, please be specific about it in your thesis, explaining what you agree with or disagree with.
Then create the following:
-An Introduction with a hook such as an interesting question. The Intro should move from general to specific, establishing appropriate context. (1-2 paragraphs)
–A Thesis that is clear, focused, and narrowed. It needs to be one to two sentences in length. Your thesis for this essay should answer the question you have chosen and explain why you feel the way you do. Your thesis should be placed at the end of your Introduction.
–At least 3-4 body paragraphs that support your opinion in your thesis.
–Each body paragraph should have a main point.
–Each of these paragraphs should have ideas that naturally follow from the preceding paragraphs and sentences, avoiding a formula.
–These paragraphs should include personal stories to support your ideas and / or research that you do. Give at least 2 detailed personal stories to support your point and / or at least two credible research sources. If you include personal stories, explain the 5 W’s and the H–who, what, when, where, why, and how—in relation to the story that you are telling.
–If you decide to include personal stories, the stories might also contain sensory detail and / or dialogue so that the reader feels like he or she is present in the story that you describe. You may also wish to include metaphors and similes to make your story come alive.
–Within the body paragraphs, you should also give 2 quotes or paraphrases from the reading assigned for class, including MLA citations for the reading.
–A conclusion that does not simply repeat your thesis. The conclusion can rephrase your thesis but it also should explain why your topic is important to American society today. What light does it shed on gender roles in America today? What light does it shed on societal trends in marriage? Your conclusion should move from specific to general.
–A Works Cited Page that includes the reading(s) you quote from
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