English  1A

Hancock


Essay 1: Observation

 
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," and try not to spend too much time narrating or storytelling. Focus instead on sensory details. Do not use outside sources for this assignment.
Keep in mind the following information from Massey University:

Traditional academic writing discourages the use of first or second person (‘I’, ‘we’, ‘you’, etc.). This is because it does not sound objective. Instead, it sounds as though you have only a very limited, personal view of the issue you are discussing, rather than a view of the broader picture. First and second person pronouns can also make your work less concise.
(found at http://owll.massey.ac.nz/academic-writing/1st-vs-3rd-person.php)

 

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Essay 2: Technology

 
Write a 1000-1200 word essay which discusses the pros and cons of using a piece of technology, such as a cell phone, presented in assigned readings. Consider how it works and what it's supposed to do. Expound on its various uses and applications. Then, discuss the benefits and drawbacks associated with the device or tool. How might the tool benefit people? What problems can arise from its use? In your introduction or your conclusion, reflect more philosophically on the topic by making reference to assigned readings from Palm Sunday. Write this essay using third person, leaving out "I." Include at least three references to class readings in your essay, including one reference to Palm Sunday, but do not use other outside sources. Make sure your essay has a title.

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Keep in mind the following information from Massey University:

Traditional academic writing discourages the use of first or second person (‘I’, ‘we’, ‘you’, etc.). This is because it does not sound objective. Instead, it sounds as though you have only a very limited, personal view of the issue you are discussing, rather than a view of the broader picture. First and second person pronouns can also make your work less concise.
(found at http://owll.massey.ac.nz/academic-writing/1st-vs-3rd-person.php)

Essay 3: 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 three references to class readings in your discussion, including one from Palm Sunday, but do not use other outside sources for this assignment. Make sure your essay has a title.

Readings and Media for this assignment:

·         Palm Sunday, chapter 4. "Triage"

·         "What are the True Costs and Returns of College?"

·         Huffington Post articles on education

·         Discussion 3: Education

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Keep in mind the following information from Massey University:

Traditional academic writing discourages the use of first or second person (‘I’, ‘we’, ‘you’, etc.). This is because it does not sound objective. Instead, it sounds as though you have only a very limited, personal view of the issue you are discussing, rather than a view of the broader picture. First and second person pronouns can also make your work less concise. (found at http://owll.massey.ac.nz/academic-writing/1st-vs-3rd-person.php)

Essay 4: Free Speech

 

The First Amendment of the US Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…", and yet we see such restrictions all the time. Examine cases in which free speech has been restricted.  Consider one or more of the following questions in a 1000-1200 word essay. Focus the topic to suit your interest.

Why is free speech restricted and how is it restricted? What happens to language when free speech is censored? Is there any speech that should be censored? Why? What is the effect of lax censorship? Feel free to consider topics such as hate speech, obscenity, pornography, political correctness, or children in your essay. Refer to "The First Amendment" and "Obscenity" from Palm Sunday and one additional assigned reading in your essay.

Readings and Media for this assignment:

"The First Amendment" and "Obscenity" from Palm Sunday

Yale Students Petition to Repeal First Amendment

Language versus Lies

"Obscenity: The Case for a Free Market in Free Speech"

FCC Obscenity Guidelines

George Carlin video on euphemisms

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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 1/22/2016