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CSI ENG 111 - Essay #2 Prompt, ENG 111-0025, Fall 2019(2)

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Essay #2 – due Sat. 10/5/19Your response to the following essay prompt will be a thesis-driven argument. Your thesis statement will be the main, specific claim which unifies the entire essay, and your body paragraphs will support your thesis with arguments, examples, and details on its behalf. Your final draft must be presented as a formal academic essay and conform to all of the rules and expectations of formal academic writing, including the guidelines below: Support the following assertion: No person is ever truly free; she will always be imprisoned either by ignorance, by knowledge, or by the tools used to attain knowledge. Some questions to consider are1) When does knowledge produce negative effects in Douglass, and why? Does he overcome those effects?2) Is Douglass ultimately liberated or held captive by his knowledge of language by the conclusion of “Learning to Read and Write”?3) What are the negative effects of technology, as described by Turkle? When does technology, or the ways people use technology, trap them in ignorance? 4) How does Douglass resemble the prisoners in Plato’s cave?5) How do those who misuse, or misunderstand, technology resemble those in Plato’s cave?Your essay structure must meet the following requirements:• An original title• An introduction paragraph which both captures the reader’s attention and containsyour thesis statement• A thesis statement which begins with the essay prompt assertion and then elaborates with added specificity (for example, your thesis might read, “No man isevery truly free; he will always be imprisoned by what he learns and the tools with which he learns because knowledge_________________________ and technology ___________________________________.” Fill in the blanks and you have a very strong thesis statement.)• Body paragraphs which clearly support your thesis in argument, examples, and details• A conclusion paragraph which does more than just repeat the language and ideas of your introduction and thesis. Try to show how your thesis has expanded or become even more specific over the course of 4+ pages of writing. (I suggest trying one of these strategies from the blue box on RW p. 20: propose a course of action, redefine a key term or concept, suggest the topic’s wider significance or implications, or pose a question for future study.) Each paper must follow these guidelines:- Your name, my name, ENG 111, and the due date on the upper left-hand corner. - Final Drafts: 4 to 6 full pages, not counting the Works Cited page. More is acceptable, but not necessary. Less will result in an automatic drop of one letter grade before I consider the content. The only three sources you may use for Essay #2 are Turkle’s “How Computers Change the Way We Think,” Douglass’s “Learning to Read and Write,” and Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” and you must use all three. In other words, you have a total of 3 pieces of material from which you can quote, paraphrase, or summarize, no more or less. Your Works Cited page will include three entries.- All essays must be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point font.- Essays must follow MLA standards, be double-spaced, with one-inch margins, last name and page number on all pages.- Papers lacking any other requirements will automatically be docked a letter grade.- Unless specifically noted by me, I do not accept work via e-mail.Essay #2 Revision ChecklistSuperficial Elements- proofread for spelling, including titles, authors, and source material- check for a proper Works Cited page w/entries for each source- introduce authors (full name) and their works before quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing thesource; all subsequent mentions of authors use last name only- essays must be at least 4 full pages (which means down to the last line of page 4)- avoid contractions, slang, or informal language- no 1st person- no comma splices, fused sentences, or fragments- use present tense in signal phrases (ex. Douglass says, “…….”)- check for correct use of colons and semicolons- do not underline; italicize instead - check for proper MLA formatting (heading, margins, spacing, font); see the sample essay in Blackboard “Course Resources” or the sample essay on RW p. 468-476 for formatting modelsArgument and Analysis- use only the amount of source material necessary to argue your thesis; work under the assumption that your readers are familiar with your readings (Douglass, Turkle, and Plato) – extended summary is repetitious and so unnecessary- develop your body paragraphs with both claims/arguments and examples- do not end paragraphs with another’s words; end on your own argument- make sure your thesis and topic sentences express claims rather than statements- fully develop your paragraphs or combine them; 3 sentences or less is usually too short***this checklist is meant as a guide, not as a comprehensive list; in other words, it covers most, not all, aspects of a successful


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