Papers

Directions

Please submit your writing assignments to me via e-mail. Save your file as a Word or RTF file, and attach the file to your message. When sending assignments, your e-mail message should include your name, the class number (English 103), and the name of the assignment which is attached. Use correct MLA format to set up your pages and document your sources; for more information see The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. Make sure that you eliminate spelling, grammar, and other mechanical errors from your writing. Send your e-mail to me at annw708@gmail.com

About the Papers...

You will notice that the Writing Assignments all ask you to address, in more detail, something you've already talked about in a Discussion Question. Feel free to use, for your paper, the information you used in your Discussion Question, if it is applicable.

If you look further down the page at the Final Project, you will notice that it asks you to write, in more detail, about a topic you've already addressed in a DQ and a Writing Assignment. Feel free to use, for your Project, the information you used in your Discussion Question and your Writing Assignment, if it is applicable.

About Wikipedia, SparkNotes, and Databases

DO NOT cite Wikipedia in academic essays. Since it is not edited by reputable experts, it often has errors and isn't reliable. It's okay to use it as a starting point for your own research, but go on and find other sources to verify the information, and cite those in your essay.

Also avoid SparkNotes, ENotes and similar sites. Teachers hate them since they provide only the most superficial analyses. Avoid citing them in academic papers; instead, go find analyses from more reputable academic sources: university and scholarly websites, peer-reviewed journals in library databases, and books. Don't be scared by that word "databases." The databases are just collected electronic versions of articles published in print magazines, journals, and newspapers. They also sometimes contain e-books. You can search them and find tons of good material. There's more about how to use the databases on the Writing Tips page.


Writing Assignment 1

Choose ONLY ONE of the following topics and write a complete, considered answer. Be sure to support your statements with evidence from the text, and be sure to document correctly. Required length: 2-5 pages (500-1250 words). Use correct MLA format and citation techniques in your essay and your Works Cited list. There's information on how to create the Works Cited entries here and information about how to use in-text citations correctly here.

If the information you gathered to do one of the discussion questions will help you in this paper, you may use it. You may also use the source you consulted for the Discussion Question.

This assignment is due by midnight on the night of Friday, Sept. 29.

1. Choose ONE influential music album. Explain why it was important and how its influence affected other artists.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 2. Look at the list given in "The 50 Albums That Changed Music." What albums would you add or take off the list? Why?

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 3. What ONE item needs to be invented for the good of the world? Explain.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 4. Look at the list given in "Most Influential Fiction of the 20th Century." What books would you add or take off the list? Why?

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 5. Choose ONE item (painting, song, novel, graphic novel, comic book, sculpture, bridge, house, car, tractor, etc.). Explain how merit is determined in relation to the work you chose: who makes such decisions? what standards to they use to measure the value of a work in this genre? How much of such a judgment is objective, and how much is subjective? How does your item measure up?

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 6. Argue for or against eliminating grades in elementary schools. (Alternately, argue for or against eliminating grade levels in elementary schools.) Give at least 3 reasons to support your argument, and be sure each reason is supported by at least one piece of evidence. You are only required to give your side of the argument.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • For help writing this assignment, go to Writing Tips; for more specific help, feel free to e-mail me with questions.


    Writing Assignment 2

    Choose ONLY ONE of the following topics and write a complete, considered answer. Be sure to support your statements with evidence from the text, and be sure to document correctly. Required length: 2-5 pages (500-1250 words). Use correct MLA format and citation techniques in your essay and your Works Cited list.

    This assignment is due Friday, October 27.

    1. Argue in favor of the conspiracy theory you chose for Discussion Question 5. Give at least 3 reasons to support your argument, and be sure each reason is supported by at least one piece of evidence. (If you want to write on this topic but did not choose a conspiracy theory for DQ 5, you can, but check your thesis statement with me first.)

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 2. Choose one television show that is/was important. Explain why it was important and how its influence affected other artists.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 3. Choose one scientific theory that was believed for many years to be right, but then was proven wrong. Give the main evidence that was used to support the original theory, and then the evidence that proved the theory wrong.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 4. Give one theory of the function of dreams and then explain all of the evidence that supports it.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 5. Write an argument either supporting or refuting the simulation game theory. Give at least 3 reasons to support your argument, and be sure each reason is supported by at least one piece of evidence. You are only required to give your side of the argument.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 6. Write an argument either supporting or refuting the multiverse theory. Give at least 3 reasons to support your argument, and be sure each reason is supported by at least one piece of evidence. You are only required to give your side of the argument.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 7. Give three interpretations of the same historical event. Explain clearly each interpretation, and give the evidence supporting each interpretation.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • For help writing this assignment, go to Writing Tips; for more specific help, feel free to e-mail me with questions.


    Writing Assignment 3

    Choose ONLY ONE of the following topics and write a complete, considered answer. Be sure to support your statements with evidence from the text, and be sure to document correctly. Required length: 2-5 pages (500-1250 words). Use correct MLA format and citation techniques in your essay and your Works Cited list.

    This assignment is due Friday, Nov. 17.

    1. Malcolm Gladwell predicts that there will no football will be played in 25 years. Write an argument either supporting or refuting this assertion. Give at least 3 reasons to support your argument, and be sure each reason is supported by at least one piece of evidence. You are only required to give your side of the argument.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 2. Klosterman explores the idea that videogaming might replace other sports in the future. Give 2 reasons why they might. Give 3 reasons why they might not. Support each reason with evidence.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 3. In what ways is emotional intelligence more important than intellectual intelligence? Give 2 examples. In what ways is it less important? Give 2 examples.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • 4. What is the value of Artificial Intelligence? Give 3 reasons, with evidence, why it is beneficial. Give 3 reasons, with evidence, why it is not.

  • Consult at least two sources other than the assigned reading to get this information.
  • Use specific information and direct quotes from those sources in your paper, to support your ideas. Be sure to give in-text citations to make it clear which information comes from which source. (This part is important--you will lose points if the citations are missing or if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)
  • Give a Works Cited list for those sources, in correct MLA format. (This part is important--you will lose points if the format is incorrect. Ask if you need help.)

  • For help writing this assignment, go to Writing Tips; for more specific help, feel free to e-mail me with questions.


    Final Project

    Choose ONLY ONE of the following topics and write a complete, considered answer. Be sure to support your statements with evidence from the text, and be sure to document correctly. Required length: 4-6 pages (1000-1500 words). Use correct MLA format and citation techniques in your essay and your Works Cited list.

    Rather than a traditional paper, you may present your project as a PowerPoint or website or video, if you prefer. This is certainly allowed, but not required. If you choose this method, you must still have the same amount of material (1000-1500 words) and you must have a Works Cited page which lists your sources.

    1. The Conspiracy Theory

    Look at some recent historical event (within the past fifty years or so) that may not have happened the way we have been taught to believe, the way it was reported. This topic requires you to research and support one event, one popular conspiracy theory.

    "Conspiracy Theory" refers to some incident that was reported to have happened one way but actually happened another, and the truth about the situation has been intentionally covered up.

    The word conspiracy, literally "to breathe with," refers to the people who plotted and planned and manipulated and covered up. For example, it's speculated that Marilyn Monroe did not actually die from a suicidal or accidental drug overdose; many theorize that John and Robert Kennedy had her murdered, though they did not actually commit the murder themselves. The trick is to discover how and why they would do such a thing. There are actually several different theories that appear in books, movies, magazines, and websites.

    Conspiracies are committed by people, and the people cover up the truth for a reason. It's up to you to do the research to find out just what happened, who was responsible for it, and what the reason was.

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    2. The Culture Capsule

    When the Voyager was sent into space in 19776, it included a Golden Record with voices and music from many cultures.

    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a "culture capsule" to be sent into space on the next exploratory spacecraft.

    This "culture capsule" will contain artifacts that represent life on Earth, so that, if they are found, they will give the beings who find them an idea of what life is like on our planet.

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    3. The Crystal Ball

    As we all know, it's folly to try to predict the future. But just for fun, let's do it anyway.

    Your assignment for this topic is choose one very small, very specific slice of life and predict what you think will happen in that area in the future.

    For example: what will football look like in 50 years? Baseball? Soccer? What will television or the movies or music or concerts or video games look like in 50 years? What will some aspect of technology--artificial intelligence, or household products, or transportation--look like? What will elementary school or middle school or high school look like?

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    4. Sweet Dreams Are Made of These...

    Give your theory of the function of dreams. Create an argument supporting your theory, giving at least 3 reasons with supporting evidence (although if you have more, feel free to use them).

    You need not make up a whole new theory of your own; if you have such a theory, that's great. But more likely, one of the existing theories appeals to you, and you can show why you would choose to support that over the others.

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    5. Mine's Better Than Yours...Maybe...

    Choose ONE specific item: work of art (painting, song, novel, graphic novel, comic book, sculpture, etc.), car, building, bridge, house, tractor, etc. Explain how merit is determined in relation to the item you chose: who makes such decisions? what standards to they use to measure the value of a work in this genre? How much of such a judgment is objective, and how much is subjective? How does your item measure up?

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    6. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

    Give three interpretations of the same historical event. Explain clearly each interpretation, and give the evidence supporting each interpretation. Then give your own interpretation. Explain why you see the events in this way, and support your interpretation with specific evidence. If you don't have your own interpretation, but agree with one of the existing interpretations, explain why you support that one over the others.

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    7. Oops!

    Choose one scientific theory that was believed for many years to be right, but then was proven wrong. Give the main evidence that was used to support the original theory, and then the evidence that proved the theory wrong. Show how the new theory came to be accepted; tell the story behind the change in belief.

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    8. Emo vs. IQ

    Klosterman says that, in the future, emotional intelligence may come to be more important than intellectual intelligence? Do you agree? Explain.

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    9. It's Just a Game

    Write an argument either supporting or refuting the simulation game theory.

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    10. Choices, Choices

    Write an argument either supporting or refuting the multiverse theory.

    As always, feel free to ask if you have questions or need clarification.


    This assignment is due Monday, December 11th by midnight.
    NO LATE PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!!