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Writing Assignment #2: Cause-Effect Analysis


Writing assignment #2 will be an essay in which you analyze either causes or effects.  You have two choices for this essay, both of which are very wide open.  For both choices, you are required to integrate two sources into your essay to support your argument.

 

 

1.      Technology and Education

 

Analyze the effects of a particular trend in educational technology. 


Our discussions in the class up to this point might be helpful for you as you consider ideas for this topic. 

 

You might analyze any one of the following.  These are just examples.  Many approaches are possible for this topic.

 

a.       The potential effects of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in higher education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.

b.      The effects of online courses on education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.

c.       The effects of using digital media in online courses

d.      The effects of computer use in writing courses or courses in other disciplines

e.       The effects of certain forms of technology on reading skills or reading habits

f.       The potential effects of video games being introduced into schools and used to help educate students

You must use at least two sources to support your points in this essay.  You will cite your sources in APA style, using both in-text citations and a “References” page at the end of the essay.

 

Some interesting articles that might give you ideas for this essay, and that you could use for one or two of your sources, are the following:

 

  • Clive Thompson, “The New Literacy”

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-09/st_thompson

 

  • Cynthia Haven, “The New Literacy: Stanford study finds richness and complexity in students' writing“

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/october12/lunsford-writing-research-101209.html

 

  • John Sutherland, “Cn u txt?”

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2002/nov/11/mobilephones2

 

  • Michael Agger, “Lazy Eyes”

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/the_browser/2008/06/lazy_eyes.html

 

If you choose this topic, you may write on the same topic for writing assignment #3, the research-supported essay.  If you write on this topic for both writing assignment #2 and writing assignment #3, you will be expanding on your argument and finding more sources for the essay for writing assignment #3.

 

 

 

2.      Technology and Your Field of Study

 

Analyze the effects of a particular technology in a field of study of your choice.

 

This option represents a more general approach to the essay. 

 

 

Some examples might be the following. These are just examples.  Many approaches are possible for this topic.

 

a.       The effects of mobile devices on cybersecurity

b.      The effects of the Internet on the field of advertising

c.       The effects of cloud computing on a particular business field

d.      The effects of the Internet in an area of communication studies

e.       The effects of the Internet on global marketing strategies

f.       The effects of a particular type of technology on health care

 

 


You must use at least two sources to support your points in this essay.  You will cite your sources in APA style, using both in-text citations and a “References” page at the end of the essay.

 

 

 

If you choose this topic, you may write on the same topic for writing assignment #3, the research-supported essay.  If you write on this topic for both writing assignment #2 and writing assignment #3, you will be expanding on your argument and finding more sources for the essay for writing assignment #3.


Organization

The following video tutorial provides general instruction on writing a cause-effect essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/cause_effect/

 

Your essay should have the following:

 

·         an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement.

 

The following video tutorial gives instruction on writing an effective introduction to an essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/introductions/

 

·         body paragraphs that offer evidence to support your thesis and synthesizes your source material

 

The following video tutorial gives instruction on writing effective body paragraphs for an essay.  Keep in mind that this tutorial is not specific to the cause-effect essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/paragraphs/

 

You might find the following tutorial helpful for using effective transitions from one thought to the next in your essay.  Keep in mind that this tutorial is not specific to the cause-effect essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/transitions/

 

·         a solid conclusion that reminds readers of your main idea (or thesis) without simply repeating it

 

The following video tutorial gives instruction on writing an effective conclusion to an essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/conclusions/

 

 

·         A References page that lists the two sources you used for the essay

 

 

Other Tips to Consider:

 

This essay asks you to focus on effects.

 

The length and breadth of this essay is not sufficient to allow you to analyze both causes and effects in a thorough fashion.  For example, if you write about the effects of MOOCs, you would mostly write about what happens as a result of MOOCs (effects). You might briefly mention why MOOCs arose (causes) towards the beginning of the essay, but this would not be a focus of the essay.

 

In addition, this is not a persuasive essay.  Your opinion or response, if it comes out in your essay, should not be the focus of the essay.  The effects should be the focus of the essay.

 

 

Length: 800-1000 words



Format

  • Double space
  • Include a title page with this information:

Title of essay

Your Name

Date

WRTG 101S

·         Document sources using APA style. Please consult pages 500-537 of Writing for Success to determine how the sources should be cited for the various types of sources you are using.

·         Submit your essay as an attachment

 

 


 

 

 

Maximum score

Your score

Comments

Introduction and thesis: Topic is introduced in an engaging way and essay has a clear and effective thesis statement

10

 

 

Body Content: Essay supports the thesis statement, discusses effects of a particular technology on some aspect of the world with effective use of sources

30

 

 

Body Organization: Essay is logically organized into focused paragraphs

15

 

 

Conclusion: Essay has an effective concluding paragraph that reminds readers of main idea

10

 

 

Mechanics: Essay uses standard English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and diction

20

 

 

Length and format: Essay is 800-1000 words and follows prescribed format

5

 

 

References: At least two well-chosen sources, cited in-text and an on reference page in APA format

10

 

 

Total

100

 

 



 

 

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