Process For this assignment, you will choose and respond to one of the articles
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For this assignment, you will choose and respond to one of the articles in They Say, I Say in Chapter 17 (they cover college-related issues) or Chapter 20 (they cover the politics of healthy eating):
Suggestions from Chapter 17: “The New Liberal Arts” pp. 336-342; “Two Years Are Better Than Four” pp. 365-8; “Shut Up about Harvard” pp. 390-6.
Suggestions from Chapter 20: “Escape from the Western Diet” pp. 624-30; “Why Don’t Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?” pp. 632-39; “What You Eat Is Your Business”pp. 651- 54.
After reading this assignment all the way through, you should choose a few articles to read that might interest you before finalizing your choice.
In order to respond to the text, you must first read it and comprehend the author(s) viewpoint, position, or argument. The first part of your assignment will therefore be an explanation of the author’s position using summary, paraphrase, and perhaps some quotation, which you will need to document correctly with MLA format. The second part of the assignment will be your response, using the concepts you learned in Chapter 4, “Yes/No/Okay, But.” These are your thoughts on the topic!
Your essay will start to bring together and synthesize your growing understanding of the templates in They Say, I Say, and the practice with them we have been doing in class. Therefore, on this assignment you will be assessed on comprehension, summary of article’s 2-3 main points, analysis, and the persuasivenss of your own response to these points. You will also begin to use MLA format in order to design your document and cite your source(s). You may use the “Short Template” linked in Canvas as the basis for this assignment, but your opening can take a different, more creative approach.
Remember, you are not expected to know everything there is to know about academic reading, writing, and rhetoric, but to show that you are building the skills necessary for success in academic and professional contexts. The more practice you have, the better you will become!
An essay that “Achieves Excellence” will be distinguished in the following criteria:
The writer explains the author’s ideas, position, and/or point of view using the concepts and methods addressed in Chapters 1-3 of They Say, I Say. The writer identifies the reasons and/or evidence upon which the author is basing his or her position.
The writer identifies the conclusions drawn by the author(s)/speaker(s)/producer(s).
The writer uses summary, paraphrase, and/or some quotation appropriately in his or her explanation of the text.
The writer responds to the text with his or her position using the concepts and methods addressed in Chapter 4 of They Say, I Say (“Yes/No/Okay, But”).
The writer defends and supports his or her position with sound evidence and reasoning.
The writer draws well-supported conclusions about the position taken by the author in the text.
The writer demonstrates reading comprehension, analysis, and critical thinking.
The writer meets the standards for effective communication (clarity, logic, precision, accuracy, significance, and fairness).
The writer adheres to MLA guidelines for formatting, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page.
The essay is 500-750 words (about 2 typed pages).