"All, regardless of race or class or economic status, are entitled to a fair chance and to the tools for developing their individual powers of mind and spirit to the utmost. This promise means that all children by virtue of their own efforts, competently guided, can hope to attain the mature and informed judgement needed to secure gainful employment, and to manage their own lives, thereby serving not only their own interests but also the progress of society itself."--from "A Nation at Risk" (April 1983)
English 1020, M/W –Spring, 2013
Possible Essay Topics:
- What do the essays, stories, and documentary that we’ve read/watched this semester reveal about education in America? In what ways is this system succeeding and in what ways is it failing? Selections include "The Lottery, part 1 and part 2," "I Have a Dream," Maya Angelou's "Graduation," and the film "Waiting for Superman."
- How is public education stacked against the lower- and middle-classes, the impoverished, immigrants, minority groups, etc.?
- What impact does secondary level private education have on high school graduates from a private OR public school background?
Maintain an academic writing voice for each essay in this course. Be sure that you have:
- Formed an opinion instead of riding the fence
- Used evidence from the text as support.
- Be sure to document quotations from the story correctly.
- Avoided using 1st and 2nd person pronouns.
- Included an argument-driven thesis statement at the end of your introduction.
- Started each paragraph with a clear topic sentence.
- Included a creative title
- 750-1000 words
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- One-inch margins
Research: Use at least 2 citations from the texts assigned in class and at least 2 citations from at least one outside source. Follow MLA citation for quotes, paraphrasing, in-text citations, and the works cited page entry.
• Wednesday, March 13: Copy of draft (electronic or hard copy) due for peer review.
• Monday, March 18: Final draft due on eLearn by the beginning of class. No paper copy required.|