Essay #2: â€œLearning Powerâ€
English 100â€”Fall 2019
Length:At least three typed pages (11-point font, double-spaced)
Prompt: Referring to at least three of the assigned readings, write an essay that answers the question posed on page 112 by the authors of Rereading America: â€œDoes education empower [the student], or does it stifle personal growth?â€
A successful paper will have effective content and organization including:
- An effective introduction (both interesting and focused);
- A clear central point (thesis statement). This should be the last sentence in the introduction paragraph;
- Easy-to-follow organization;
- A satisfying conclusion;
- Essays must conform to standard MLA document design. Your paper must be typewritten using a standard 11-point font. Please double-space.
A successful paper will effectively and properly integrate at least 3 of the assigned readings to strengthen the argument, which will include:
- Adequate and relevant supporting information, including
- a properly and effectively quoted source
- and a properly and effectively paraphrased source, to at least three assigned readings;
- Include in-text citations to indicate author and/or page number of your sources;
- When you incorporate a source in your paper, be sure to include a signal phrase. For example:
- A works cited page.
In â€œI Just Wanna Be Average,â€ Mike Rose argues, â€œStudents will float to the mark you setâ€ (145).
Nicole Hannah-Jones explains in â€œChoosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated Cityâ€ that despite her â€œworryâ€ she knew her decision was â€œthe just oneâ€ (157).
Malcolm X contends that after learning to read he â€œnever had been so truly free in [his] lifeâ€ (2);
A successful paper will have clarity and an academic tone including:
- Very few spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors;
- Avoid 1st and 2nd person point of view
- Addressing the Opposing viewpoint
- Write 5 paragraph essay that include:
Includes a â€œhookâ€ to capture the audienceâ€™s attention
Explains and expresses the significance of the topic (Why is it important?)
Gives background information about the topic
Introduces authors and readings, if necessary
Includes a clear thesis statement with a plan of development
Provides a clear topic sentence that states the focus of this section and echoes the message in the thesis
Has strong major detail sentences that introduce support for the topic sentence
Include enough detail to make the ideas clear and meaningful
Uses quotations effectively (quote sandwich)
Correctly documents quotations and paraphrased ideas
Uses transitions for clarity.
Restates the thesis statement
Summarizes main points in essay
Wraps up the essay in a meaningful way without introducing new ideas