In Module/Week 2, you must develop a thesis statement and outline for the 1,000-1,200 word proposal argument essay that you will write in Module/Week 3. Your thesis/outline assignment should include a clear thesis statement with a clear proposal argument and an outline of your plan of support following the Classical Model of argument. The research sources for this essay have been provided for you in our course. Any additional sources that you may choose to use must be credible academic sources. You must integrate a total of at least 4 quotations, summaries and/or paraphrases from at least 3 credible academic sources to support your thesis statement and provide opposing arguments. Be sure to document your sources correctly according to your documentation style (Current APA, MLA, or Turabian). You may include biblical support, but it does not count in the required citations.
Proposal Argument Topic and Prompt
Topic: American Public Education Reform
Prompt: Write a proposal essay using the Classical Model of argument in which you address the question, “What needs to be done to reform public education in the United States?”
Write a descriptive essay of how hard it is to grow up with a second language and how it affects everyone near and around you. Use descriptive words. Pick an object but also talk about the surrounding area. You want the reader to go through the five senses. The purpose of the description is to recreate, invent, or visually present a person, place, event, or action so that the reader can picture that which is being described. It is heavily based on sensory details: what we experience through our five senses.
Read Amy Tan: Mothers Tongue in order to write this essay:
*Students always create their own prompts, while examining some aspect of Description.
*Move away from the story
*Jump from the assigned reading into a topic of your own that connects to the reading
* For the topic of your essay, find a subject/topic that you find relevant that connects to the story you read
* Expand the topic and perhaps connect it to your area of interest
Thesis Statement Structure
The thesis contains three subtopics and one main idea
Subtopics are mutually exclusive and should not overlap ie: love/romance; happiness/joy; pain/sorrow
Subtopics are listed in the order presented in the essay
Subtopics are grammatically parallel
A thesis is one sentence
A thesis is the last sentence of the introduction
Topic Sentence Structure
A topic sentence is the first sentence in the paragraph
Each topic sentence contains the connecting subtopic
A topic sentence is only one sentence
Overall Essay Coherence
Show the logical relationship between outside sources, the argument and assertions
Paraphrase and short quotes (less than ten words)
Make sure sources are academic, relevant and within five years (no older than 2015)
Each body paragraph ends with a sentence of closure
Present evidence that is specific, logical and effective
Introduction and Conclusion
The introduction leads smoothly and logically to the thesis while providing an informative context for the discussion that follows.
The conclusion provides closure without mere repetition of evidence
Effective texts address the different elements of the rhetorical situation. One of these elements is the author, the individual that is actually responsible for the text’s composition. Because writing is a very personal activity, skilled writers must know themselves—their strengths, weaknesses, experiences, and goals.
Compose a 3-4 paragraph reflection piece in which you draw connections between yourself as a person and as a writer by reflecting on your strengths, weaknesses, experiences, and goals.
Please also note that this first writing assignment is primarily diagnostic. That is, as the instructor I am interested in seeing what your writing is like. There is no need to be overly formal or stress out over the content. Just be thoughtful in the connections that you are describing and keep paragraphs and the overall essay unified. Fun, right?
Prompt: For this week’s assignment, you are to write an essay in which you describe the teacher that made the greatest impact on your life.
You must choose the essay option I have provided for this assignment. If you submit an essay that does not respond to one of the prompts, your essay will not be accepted as an appropriate response to this writing assignment; instead, you will be asked to write another essay that does respond to the prompt you were assigned.
Identify the main characteristic of naturalism that Gilman employs in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and demonstrate how it functions to help Gilman realize her stated purpose for the story in “Why I Wrote ‘The Yellow Wallpaper'” In other words, what element of the story allows us to classify it as a naturalistic text, and how does that element help convey the story’s main critique of the social forces that control women (and their expression).
STRONG OPENING THESIS, SUPPORT (quotations), OBJECTIVE TONE (No “I” or “we”).
Apply the point of “We Wear the Mask” to Charles Chesnutt’s “The Passing of Grandison.” In what ways does the slave stereotype empower the African-American character of this generation? Start with a thesis that defines the purpose of the mask as Dunbar defines it and state why it is relevant to the Chesnutt story.
Based on your research, identify and analyze a human rights issue in your novel and show how it relates to real-life issues and affects people within the United States and one other country.
The novel I was told to analyze was “Of Mice and Men”
I chose to talk about how Lennie a main character was affected by mental illness, this was the human right issue I decided to write my essay about.
I have to analyze and see how mental health relates to real life issues and affects people in the US and the other country I chose was India. They both have high rates of mental illness.
I have some sources for reference that I need to include in my essay as part of my supporting evidence. It could be any information that may be relevant for the essay
Bennet, Theo. “Changing the Way Society Understands Mental Health” Nami National Alliance
of Mental Illness. April 16, 2015.
https://www.nami.org/blogs/nami-blog/april-2015/changing-the-way-society-understands-mental-health. December 5, 2020
Mechanic, David and Bilder Scott. “Treatment Of People With Mental Illness: A Decade-Long
Perspective” HealthAffairs. July, 2004.
https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.23.4.84 December 5, 2020
Srivastava, Kalpana et al. “Mental health awareness: The Indian scenario.” Industrial psychiatry
journal vol. 25,2 (2016): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5479084/#
December 5, 2020
Your essay response should be a total of five full paragraphs. This will include:
• Your introductory paragraph (already written)
• One paragraph of supporting evidence
• Another paragraph of supporting evidence
• A third paragraph of supporting evidence
• Your conclusion
Introduction Paragraph is:
“Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to; it’s not for them.” This quote written by Joubert Batha reflects many situations that people have to deal with every day, especially those who are criticized because they don’t look “normal.” People that are affected by any mental illness are the ones that have suffered the most throughout history. There is no such a thing as “normal” we are all different, with only one thing in common for sure; we are all humans. The United States and India are listed as countries with the highest rates of people suffering from mental problems. Mental awareness should be taken more seriously into American and Indian society, people who suffer from this illness should be able to receive proper treatment and support.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Bordo’s “Beauty Rediscovers . . .” is available in Canvas’s Modules’ Course Materials section at or near the top. Feel free to use the Bordo PPT noted in class as your read (in the Modules’s Course Materials).
On the first page, pick at least 2 passages that you can examine, discussing its meaning and relevance to the larger work or perhaps you can discuss how the passage was difficult to comprehend
On the second page, create 5 questions(including answers ) that you would address if you were assigned to present the reading to the class. Try to center the questions around concepts or examples that would aid in more clearly understanding the text. Ultimately, the purpose of the journals is to get you to start thinking about the work before we discuss it in class as well as making you more comfortable with the writing process through constant practice. Since the journals emphasize creative over critical thought, focus on getting ideas down on the page without worrying too much about how well-revised the grammar is.
Good evening Ma’am or Sir,
My discussion is on “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” and I attached the speech as well as the instructions for the assignment. Thank you for your assistance. Please email if you have any questions. Have a great and blessed evening.
: Following the Topic Selection Guidelines below, choose an argumentative topic to research. This will be your topic throughout the entire course, so the activities required for this assignment will provide the foundation for your future Touchstones. The topic for an argumentative research paper must be a debatable topic, meaning that it involves conflicting viewpoints. Additionally, it cannot be a topic that is already decided or agreed upon by most of society. You will need to take a firm position on the topic and use evidence and logic to support the position. Touchstone 1.2 includes a research question, a working thesis, a detailed outline, and a reflection on this pre-writing process.
A. Topic Selection Guidelines
DIRECTIONS: You may choose any topic you wish as long as the topic has two clear sides and is not agreed upon by most of society. Your topic should be current, appropriate for an academic context and should have a focus suitable for a 6-8 page essay.
In order to foster learning and growth, all essays you submit must be newly written specifically for this course. Any recycled work will be sent back with a 0, and you will be given one attempt to redo the Touchstone.
B. Research Guidelines
DIRECTIONS: Refer to the list below throughout the writing process. Do not submit your Touchstone until it meets these guidelines.
1. Research Question and Working Thesis
Keep in mind: The research question and working thesis are the driving force behind your research and eventual argument.
❒ Your research question should be a single sentence, framed as a question.
❒ Your working thesis should be a single focused sentence, framed as a statement that takes a clear position on the research question.
❒ Include your research question followed by your working thesis.
2. Detailed Outline
Keep in mind: Your detailed outline provides a map of the argumentative research essay that you will write, including your key claims and the sources that support them. You may not have all your sources yet, and that is fine. The outline is a way to organize your essay and determine which areas (e.g. your sub-points) will require researched evidence as support.
❒ Headings: one for each paragraph with a brief label of the paragraph’s controlling idea(s).
❒ An introduction, at least five body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
❒ Introduction includes your working thesis.
❒ Body paragraphs should each have their own unique title and key points.
❒ Conclusion includes notes on your final thoughts.
❒ Subheadings: two to five for each paragraph, below each heading, indicating key points that support the controlling idea
❒ Sources: one to three for each paragraph, as relevant, indicating the support for the key points
❒ For each source, include the author’s name and the idea or information relevant to your argument (e.g. “Lappé on mono-cropping corn/soy and production”).