Discussion TopicThis unit, you will once again enter a
conversation. Your job in this discussion threads is to outline and define the
conversation begun by the two assigned readings. Our discussions this unit
should help you gather your thoughts for your essay due on Sunday. In this discussion, let’s read
rhetorically to understand the central claims, supporting arguments, and
persuasive strategies of the authors.In your initial post in
this thread this unit, choose 1 of the assigned articles to
analyze, using all of the questions below. Answer each question in 2-4
sentences or so.1.Read the brief introduction to the
article. What is the context of this piece? Who is the author?
When, where, why, and how was it initially published? Who was the
original audience for this article? 2.What seems to have motivated the
writer to write this piece? Is there some current event, a problem, a question,
or another article that seems to have inspired the article? How do you know?3.What seems to be the overall
message or point of this article? Where does the author state this
point or main claim?4.What evidence does the
writer include to support their claims? What pieces of evidence do you find
most persuasive?5.How is the article structured?
What strategies has the writer used for introduction and conclusions? Why might
the writer have chosen these particular strategies? 6.How does this article “speak”
to the other two assigned articles? What do they have in common? What major
differences can you identify? In other words, what is the “conversation”among
the articles?In your responses, make sure to fully
answer each question, citing specific moments in the texts to support your
answers. For all references, use an appropriate form of documentation (MLA,
APA, or another standard style discussed in Easy Writer).Second question. Guidelines for the Essay”Growing Up Tethered” by Sherry Turkle, p. 578-591 in our textbook”Is Facebook Making Us Sad?” by Libby Copeland, PDF (attached)Your essay should include all of the following:A precise thesis, or main claimSupporting details or evidence for your claimA clearly defined audienceAn outline of the “conversation” begun by the 2 assigned articlesDirect reference (through quotation, summary, or paraphrase) to the 2 assigned articlesGuidelines for the EssayLength/Due Date: approximately 800-1,000 words.Style/Format: This, as all essays in EN106, should be formatted in a standard scholarly format. (Most students follow MLA or APA guidelines, which are outlined in Easy Writer.) No matter what format you follow, be sure to do the following: Use 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced.Use 1-inch margins top, bottom, and sides.Although no cover page is needed, you should include your name, my name, the course number/title, and date at the upper left-hand corner of the manuscript.Research & Documentation: This essay must include formal references to the assigned articles. Use your skills of quotation, paraphrase, and summary to incorporate these writers’ perspectives, and be sure to provide in-text citations using a standard scholarly style, such as MLA or APA. And, of course, you must also provide appropriate documentation for any other sources you cite.File format: Please submit your essay as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. These formats are available in most word processors, including Google Docs and Open Office, and will ensure that your instructor is able to comment on your work.Works Cited/References: Your essay should include an appropriate bibliography, with an entry for each individual source you reference in the body of the essay.Titles: Include a descriptive title at the beginning of your essay that tips your readers off to your thesis. Do not format your title with quotation marks, boldface, underlining or italics.Cover pages: Please do not format your essay to include a cover page.Why Is This Assignment Important?This assignment asks you to put together all of the habits of mind and academic writing skills you have practiced so far this term. You will need to read the articles critically, looking for “openings” or gaps in the conversation. You will need to seek out complexity among the assigned articles, and use revision and reflection to enter successfully into the conversation. Along the way, you will practice your rhetorical analysis skills, your ability to develop a working thesis, and thesis development techniques.You have a great deal of choice in this assignment. You might start by reflecting: after reading the 3 assigned articles, what do you think? What can you add to the conversation? Remember that your essay must not simply be a summary of the three articles. Instead, you must develop and argue for a specific thesis, addressed at a particular audience. Consider who you want to write to about the issue: other students? Community members? Your friends? Your work colleagues? University instructors? The authors of the articles themselves?
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