Essay (5% of final course grade)
Due Date: Dec. 11, 2018
Readings:Norton Anthology of American Literature Post-1865
Assignment: Write an essay that takes a position on the definition of literature, prompted by our readings. In your introduction, describe our readings overall, making sure to include the different perspectives or positions. Then, in your thesis statement, argue for your position about literature.In other words,what would youinclude in an anthology of literature? You will support your position with reasoning based on your personal experiences, your unique background, and your core beliefs as they relate to your chosen dilemma. You will also address the counter-arguments to demonstrate that you have considered objections or limitations to your position before you come to your conclusion.
Tips for Writing this Essay:
This paper asks that you to reflect on your personal beliefs and identify aspects of your belief system, as these apply to an ethical dilemma. Some of these questions may help you to develop your essay and to think critically: Do you have a similar personal experience, situation, or know of someone who does? Did any of your research focus on a similar dilemma? As you think about your core beliefs, describe whyyou believe the way you do and think about where these core beliefs might come from. What is your unique background that influences how you think? Is it your race, gender, religion, ethnic heritage, family traditions, and/or family values? Could your core beliefs been influenced by specific family members, friends, teachers, mentors, coaches, and/or religious leaders? Could your core beliefs come from something that you have read or heard? Use these questions (and more) to provide the analysis for your position.
You should also review your notes, other course readings, our online discussions, or journals that focus on our class discussions. Review the readings, noting specific chapters and/or passages that refer to the focus of your ethical dilemma. Finally, review your research from your researched argumentative essay, noting specific passages that refer to your ethical dilemma.
Constraints: The essay should be 3 word-processed pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 point.
Paper Formatting: The essay should be presented in MLA or APA format. See the weblinks for sample MLA and APA formatted papers in our BlackBoard course.
Submitting your Paper: Use the Assignment link found in BlackBoard to submit your essay.