English  1A

Hancock


Essay 1: Observation

 
This first essay assignment has two goals in mind. First, I want to see your original writing, not a summary of someone else's ideas. Second, I want you to practice using concrete language and details. So, for this assignment, go to a public place or a natural place and observe what you see and hear. Engage your five senses and try to incorporate all five in your notes. Then, write a 1000 word essay based on your observations. The thesis for this essay should be a 1-2 sentence statement about your overall impression of the experience. Topic sentences in body paragraphs will revolve around a certain sound or a particular sight or smell. Write this essay using third person, leaving out "I" and "You."
Include your observation notes with your submission.
 

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Essay 2: Analysis

 
Consult with Mr. Hancock and, using one or more of the "modes of development" other than description or narration, consider ways to make your observation essay into an analytical essay involving a subject or issue related to your description. For example, if you visited a pet shop, consider the moral and ethical issues involved in operating a pet shop. Such an essay might require using definition to clarify terms and example to explain your definition. Or you might compare ethical and unethical behavior. If you visited the beach and you saw a lot of trash, you might use classical argument format to explain the best way to keep beaches clean. You may use some of the material from your first essay, so long as it relates to your thesis, but do not use other outside sources for this assignment. Make sure your essay has a title.
 

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Essay 3: Technology

 
Write a 1000-1200 word essay about a tool or a piece of technology. Begin by describing the object in detail. What does it look like? What texture does it have? What are its dimensions? Then, consider how it works and what it's supposed to do. Finally, expound on its various uses and applications. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks associated with the device or tool. How might the tool benefit people? What problems can arise from its use? Write this essay using third person, leaving out "I." Include at least two references to class readings in your discussion, but do not use other outside sources. Make sure your essay has a title.
 

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Essay 4: Education

 
Discuss the value of a college education. What is going to college supposed to accomplish? Why do folks go to college and what do they expect to get out of it? What might a person do instead of going to college? Is college worth the amount of money we spend on it? What is a college diploma supposed to represent? Include at least two references to class readings in your discussion, but do not use other outside sources for this assignment. Make sure your essay has a title.
 

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Research Report

 
Consult with Mr. Hancock, and do some research based on one of the topics you wrote about in essays 2-4. Then, expand on the essay you chose and write a 2000-2500 word essay based on what you found in on your research. This report requires at least five scholarly sources. Sources will be cited using MLA format, with parenthetical references and a works cited page following the essay. The Works Cited page does not count toward the word requirement. For guidance on research and for what constitutes a scholarly source, consult your Library 10 Instructor or Mr. Hancock. You can also review the course notes on the subject. Make sure your essay has a title.
 

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Updated 6/4/2015