Basics, Unit 1

General guidelines for Unit 1 responses

The responses you do in preparation for the Investigative Essay are miniature versions of the Unit 1 assignment — they are shorter in length, but are made up of the same parts:

-There should be a “summary of the general discussion” around the issues discussed in the article.  You must include what the author of the article has to say.  You may also wish to bring in your previous knowledge about the topic, information from other sources, and/or your personal experience.

-Your response will focus specifically “on one or two issues that are of particular interest to you.”  What do you find to be most important about this article?  What is controversial, or inspires strong feelings?  What issues do you feel are not represented that need to be discussed?  What are the strongest points the author makes?  Where does he or she go wrong?

Always:

– Be specific and particular

– Back up claims with evidence

-Use MLA formatting and cite your sources (including the assigned article)

Please refer to the Essay1Guidelines if you get stuck!

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