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Creating a Conversation: Moving from a Summary and Response to a Position Essay

Congrats -- you have reached the last major assignment of the semester! At this point in the semester you have written narrative, analytic, and compare/contrast essays. Additionally, you have strengthened your reading skills immensely. For the final formal assignment of the semester you will be bringing these skills together by creating a conversation between your views and those of another author.

To begin this assignment we will be reading and discussing several short essays as a class. You will choose the essay you would like to respond to and you will write a key point summary of the author’s views. You will then write a separate response to the summary you wrote. Lastly, you will be writing an essay that creates a conversation between the views within the essay you read and your response to those views. Your essay will be guided by a short prompt that asks you to consider a question in regard to the topic within the essay you read.

Writing Due Dates –

November 3rd – Summary Due (one-page typed)*50 points (Writing Response in Class)

November 10th – Essay Due for Workshop (3-page min., 3-copies)*50 points

November 17th – Polished Draft of Essay Due (3-page minimum)*100 points

Essays and Prompts –

1- “What is Crime?” by, Lawrence M. Friedman (p. 435) Prompt #2 (p. 438)

2- “Building Baby from the Genes Up” by, Ronald M. Green (p. 546) Prompt #1 (p. 551)

3- “In Defense of Dangerous Ideas” by, Steven Pinker (p. 346) Prompt #1 (p. 356)

4- “Condemn the Crime, Not the Person” by, June Tangney (p. 566) Prompt #1 or #2 (p. 575)

5- “Shame is Worth a Try” by, Dan M. Kahan (p. 571) Prompt #1 or #2 (p. 575)

*You may use essays #4 and #5 together if you like. The essays...
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