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Reading & Comprehension

NFG: Read Chp. 10: Arguing a Position and Chp. 60: Arguments.

Essay #5
ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY

Here is your assignment for the final essay: Student loan debt has achieved historic heights in recent years. Write a 4-5 page essay in which you argue what steps should be taken to improve the system and reduce the debt accrued by students across the nation.

You must use WSU Libraries to do your research and include a minimum of SIX professional, academic sources. Encyclopedias and dictionaries are not viable sources. Nor are websites such as Wikipedia. About.com, eNotes, personal blogs, etc. At this point in the course you should have a working knowledge of WSU Libraries and know how to distinguish between strong and weak source material.

Assignments

Summaries: In NFG, summarize each of the sample essays in Chp. 60: Arguments in a paragraph of no less than 100 words apiece. The first sentence of each summary should convey the essay's thesis or main theme. These essays include "Should Gamers Be Prosecuted for Virtual Stealing?," "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," "Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%," "Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids" and "Kenneth Cole Gets Schooled." Hence you should submit a total of five summaries. Compile them on the same MS-Word document and submit via Pilot. DUE DATE & TIME: Friday, Apr. 1, 11 a.m.

Discussion: Select what you think is the most effective argumentative essay that you summarized in this module. Explain your answer in detail and cite specific examples from the text. 250-500 words. DUE DATE & TIME: Friday, Apr. 8, 11 a.m.

Argumentative Essay: Submit via Pilot. DUE DATE & TIME: Friday, Apr. 15, 11 a.m.

Final Meditation: In English 1100, you have been asked to read and synthesize a lot of information and produce four very different short essays, each of which focused on specific elements of writing that will ideally prepare you for future composition and literature courses. The online structure of the course also allowed you to engage with computer technology while interacting personally with me and one another. Write a 250-500 word meditation on the course in which you describe the skills you learned and developed in English 1100 and how you foresee yourself putting them to use in other courses and/or outside of university life. This meditation should be entirely free of mechanical and grammatical errors, so be sure to both writing something thoughtful and revise your writing. Submit via Pilot. DUE DATE & TIME: Friday, Apr. 22, 11 a.m.