Length: 4-5 pages (750 words)
Draft 1: Tuesday 6/25/19 (2 hard copies in class)
Draft 2: Thursday 6/27/19 (submit to Blackboard dropbox) Final draft: Tuesday 7/2/19 (submit to Blackboard dropbox) Goals for students:
● Practice writing as a process involving inquiry, research, feedback, and revision
● Analyze a rhetorical situation within a discourse community
● Analyze arguments presented in sources
● Develop research-supported arguments that address an issue relevant to a discourse community
● Use responses from instructor(s) and peers as part of the revision and editing process
● Create researched print and/or digital texts that respond to rhetorical situations
● Use suitable methods of citation Prompt:
This essay asks you to consider the full complexity of the ideas that we’ve explored in the course including technology, iGen, Gen Me, coddling, mental health, trigger warnings, sensitivity, microaggressions, helicopter parents, safe spaces, etc . The goal of this paper is to resist oversimplifying the topic and to instead consider the multiple factors that might influence various responses, opinions, and perspectives in the ongoing debate, conversations and disagreements about technology.
To accomplish this goal, you will read and examine three pieces exploring these topics including the Introduction to Jean Twenge’s book iGen:Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing
Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for
Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us, The Fragile Generation by Lenore
Skenazy and Jonathan Haidt and Your Child Is More Resilient Than You Think by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt analyzing the author’s’ positions for evidence of outside influences. In other words, you will attempt to answer: what factors and background information is important to know in order to understand the various perspectives on this issue. In order to answer this question well, you need to put all of your readings in conversation with one another in order to better understand the big picture. This will help you discover various routes of the topics discussed in class and to help you continue to discover new perspectives
Your essay should be effectively structured to lead the reader through the development of the thesis, from intro to conclusion. You should have sections of:
· summary of arguments
· analysis of arguments > authors considered individually
· contextual analysis of arguments > authors connected and considered together
· synthesis of arguments > authors’ arguments used as a foundation for your own claims Paragraphs should be effectively structured around one main idea. This main idea should contribute to thesis development. Reasoning and evidence (quoted and cited) should support this main idea. Every paragraph, except for the summary paragraph, should have a quote – appropriately framed. That quote should be evidence that supports your argument.
Using Contextual Analysis to evaluate texts
A contextual analysis is simply an analysis of a text that helps us to assess that text within the context of its historical and cultural setting, but also in terms of its textuality – or the qualities that characterize the text as a text. While this may sound complicated, it is in reality deceptively simple: it means “situating” the text within the milieu of its times and assessing the roles of author, readers (intended and actual), and “commentators” (critics, both professional and otherwise) in the reception of the text.
A contextual analysis can proceed along many lines, depending upon how complex one wishes to make the analysis. But it generally includes several key questions:
● MLA format: Times Roman, 12 font*, double-space, one inch margins
● You must use a minimum of THREE sources in your essay
● The three sources used should be cited with parenthetical in-text citations and a works cited page (the works cited page does not count toward the page count for this essay)
● As with any analytical essay, this is thesis-driven, which means you have a thesis in your introduction. A thesis is the statement that stakes out your position and then controls the development of the essay’s argument. Your argument, of course, proves your thesis to be correct.
Analysis of Context
E G F NI
Writer explores complexity of topics developed by all authors
Writer establishes a contextual analysis using rhetorical evidence to support their argument
Writer gives a brief summary of each authors’ arguments briefly and cites the information MLA style
Writer discovers authors’ purpose and occasion for texts using evidence
Writer’s voice is strong establishing argument about authors’ understanding of the situation. All authors’ ideas are connected
Writer uncovers textual circumstance(s) and develops inferences about the texts
Writer explores audience(s) of pieces and the purpose of audience in response to all texts
Writer synthesizes each claim and uses evidence to support their claim. Claims are well organized and essay structure is logical.
Essay is formatted in MLA 8 style including a works cited page with all three articles
E = Excellent G = Good F= Fair NI = Needs Improvement