Project #88904 - The Academic Essay

Module 1 - Case

THE ACADEMIC ESSAY

Case Assignment

Note: The Module 1 SLP should be completed before you begin this Module 1 Case.

After viewing the CBS 60 minutes video, "Freeman on Black History," write a well-organized and well-supported essay, in which you state whether you are for or against a Black History month in the United States. Your essay must include three to five reasons to support your point of view/thesis.

A well-organized essay has a beginning, middle, and an end. The beginning, or introduction, should include an opening sentence to grab your reader’s attention. Follow the opening sentence with a brief background on the topic or situation. It is not necessary to reference Freeman or the CBS clip in any way. In this case, one might include a brief background on the history of Black History month in the United States. The last sentence of the introduction is the thesis statement. The thesis states the main point of the essay, which in this case, would be a statement affirming your point of view as to whether or not there should be a Black History month in the United States.

A well-supported essay includes supporting points, details, and examples. For this essay, you must decide the best way to organize the body of the paper. Will you have a paragraph for each supporting reason? Will you divide the body of your paper into three or five paragraphs, one for each point? In any case, each body paragraph must support (explain) your reasoning (rationale) using specific details. Each body paragraph must have a topic sentence that states the main point of the paragraph.

The conclusion typically summarizes the main points of the essay and/or closes with a lasting impression that connects the reader to their world. Who would make such a decision and what might be the response?

Be sure to proofread your essay and edit for proper grammar, punctuation, diction (word choice), and spelling, as errors in sentence skills will lower a final grade. A grade will be determined based on the Module 1 Case expectations and the Trident University General Education rubric for English.

Papers must be double-spaced in Times or Times New Roman font (12 cpi) with standard one-inch margins.

The first person "I" is not used in a formal essay, nor is the passive "you." In place of "you," "one" may be used.

No secondary sources are to be used in the process of writing this first paper; it is to be entirely written based on one's point of view and supported with body points and details. 

Assignment Expectations

    Module 1 - Background THE ACADEMIC ESSAY Required Reading “Academic Reading” “Reading Critically,” Re: Writing, Bedford/St. Martin’s “Why Writing Matters,” Re: Writing, Bedford/St. Martin’s “The Writing Process” “Academic Writing” How to Develop a Thesis Statement,” Re: Writing, Bedford/St. Martin’s “Freeman on Black History,” CBS 60 Minutes (video) “Growing Up in a Military Family,” by Karen M. Sheehan, This I Believe, National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Write an essay (no less than three pages in length) that states an original thesis statement on Black History month.
  • Include an introductory paragraph with thesis statement.
  • Include body paragraphs (each with a topic sentence that states the point of the paragraph) that support the thesis through examples and details.
  • Include a conclusion that summarizes the main points of the essay and/or leaves the reader with a lasting impression on the issue.
  • Proofread your essay for errors in grammar, diction (word choice), punctuation, and spelling.

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/29/2015 08:00 am
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