This assignment was locked Dec 12 at 11:59pm.
All the non-textbook assigned readings this term deal with societal themes of varying importance, depending on an individuals own perspective and point of view in regards to life and the world we live in today. For your final, answer this question: Which single, one (1) main theme from the three books has the most societal importance to a college student today going forward?
Focus at least 75% of your essay on the theme you choose as the most important, howeverand each book has multiple themes to choose from. How you can do this best is up to you, of course. There are a few specific-support requirements for this: 1) You must use the textbook Everything’s an Argument in this final essay; and 2) You must use a combination of the assigned books (Heyerdahl, Lloyd, Faust) as well, so even if you choose a theme from Kon-Tiki, for example, you still must use Wish I Was There and This Republic of Suffering in your argument(s) supporting your thematic focus!
When I say “use”? This means quote and cite the contents of these materialsusing author name, the title of the source, and a page number. Therefore, overall, you need to use at least four (4) sources to write this essay, which will make it easier to meet the minimum-word requirement. Be creative in how you connect ideas from different sources; this can be quite a fun exercise in intellectual creativity!
1. Choose your issue and your analytical/argumentative position(s) carefully. Don’t settle on the first idea that comes to mind. You want a focus full enough to explore, not one you will quickly gloss over.
2. Write a preliminary draft and check to make sure you have answered the assignment prompt above directly with the proper depth of thought and analysis. Do NOT write in first person: you may write using the first-person collective we, but keep your tone academic and formal nonetheless. Do not turn the essay into a running parade of I statements or narrative summary/storytelling. This is not about YOU; its about society.
3. Remember to challenge yourself to critically THINK about what you’ve read this term. Do not SUMMARIZE readings; analyze them instead in terms of the response(s) requested above.
4. Since this is a final exam-type assignment, I will NOT be looking at preliminary drafts. Instead, review all your feedback from the term, the Six Elements rubric, and this instruction sheet to make sure youve covered everything that needs to be covered.
5. Remember, you must cite/quote/use at least four (4) course materials for this assignment, including the textbook. If you fail to use one of the assigned materials, I will mark off one letter grade automatically for each omission.
1. Remember to fully answer the prompt(s) above. Partial answers or vague answers will hurt your grade.2. Proofread! Spell check!! Grammar check!!! I will take one full letter grade away from your paper for every single spelling mistake. No joke. I will be using the Spell Check tools on Canvas and MS Word, so use these two yourself. 3. If you feel comfortable doing so, share your paper with someonethey will be able to show you where there are still questions and gaps of thought in your paper.4. Read a draft aloud to yourself to improve clarity and expression.5. Ask me if you have any questions about anything.
1. Required length is a minimum of 1,500 words; there is no maximum length. If you are under this word count minimum, I will mark your grade down at least one full letter grade.2. All spelling, grammar and legibility standards apply. Please title your paper as well. Without a title, I will mark your grade down one full letter. Spelling errors will now be penalized by one full letter grade for each error.3. You will be graded on the Six Elements and how well the assignment meets the requirements above. Make sure you know the Six Elements by now and work to get critical thinking into this essay!4. The paper is due on Sunday, December 12, by midnight, submitted on Canvas in either .txt, .pages, .doc, or .docx format. If you cannot submit in these formats, simply copy-and-paste your submission into the provided window on Canvas. No late assignments accepted, period: I cannot accept late assignments on email, even, as this is the last day of the term (campus policy). So plan ahead wisely.
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