We’re down to the last two essays for Semester 1, a revision of the college essay and a new essay about reparations for slavery. Details are below.

College Essay

Your revision of this essay is due on Wednesday, January 9. Please give it to me in class, printed, with both the original draft and the checklist attached. If you did not submit the first draft, your one draft will be due in class on Friday, printed at the beginning of class. Given that you will have a full week to revise, unless you make major improvements, you will likely only have one chance to revise.

Slave Reparations Essay

The last essay is about the validity of reparations for slavery and is due on the day of the final. You either need to share your essay with me at dpogreba@gmail.com before your final begins or hand me a printed copy at the start of the final. No late papers will be accepted and you will not have the chance to revise this essay as it is a final for the work we have done the first semester. Everyone must submit this essay.

Your next synthesis essay is about the value of college. The prompt and source materials are available here on pages 2-8.

The essay is due on Sunday, December 30 via Google Docs.

Assignment requirements:

  • Your response should be at least 900 words and demonstrate a clear understanding of the thesis and topic sentence structure we have worked on all year.
  • You should have a STAMPY introduction that is no more than 6 sentences, including the thesis.
  • You need to use at least 4 kernels of text from the source material and at least a total of 6 citations (quotes and paraphrases).
  • You must use at least four of the sources in your essay, and may not use any additional outside research.
  • You need to include at least one naysayer.
  • Your essay must have a conclusion that does not merely restate the essay. Advance the intro, tie off the story, develop it into something of interest.
  • Your essay must show evidence of careful proofreading and attention to detail.

In particular, pay attention to:

  • well-developed paragraph structure (with sub-topics when possible).
  • use of evidence to support your arguments, not make them.
  • proofreading.
  • clear thesis statements and topic sentences that show transitions.
  • evaluating the best evidence available to you.
  • making sure that the essay makes a clear argument.

The wilderness unit exam will cover these readings:

  • Thoreau: Walden
  • Dillard: Living Like Weasels
  • Leopold: Thinking Like a Mountain and Marshland Elegy
  • Williams: Clan of the One-Breasted Women
  • Abbey: Serpents of Paradise
  • Chief Seattle: Letter to President Pierce

All of the readings not in the Norton Reader are available here.

You will also be expected to know the 13 Big Dawg Rhetorical devices, which are on the bottom of the vocabulary page.

Your seventh essay is due on Sunday, December 9 at noon. Please submit via Google Doc and review the notes about Synthesis writing before working on the task.

The essay prompt is available in the normal downloads folder.

In particular, pay attention to:

  • well-developed paragraph structure (with sub-topics when possible).
  • use of evidence to support your arguments, not make them.
  • proofreading.
  • clear thesis statements and topic sentences that show transitions.
  • evaluating the best evidence available to you.
  • making sure that the essay makes a clear argument.