Thursday, October 22, 2009

Homework: Essay 2

Begin to work on Essay 2.

Your essay should be somewhat related to one of the two essays we discussed over the last few weeks, China's Big Mac Attack or The Gift of Food. You are also permitted to write about a current issue covered on the CQ Researcher database. CQ Researcher is awesome. It's easily accessed through the database link on our school's library website.

Your essay should be argumentative. That means you state an opinion, perspective, or argument, and prove it with evidence. For this essay, you are required to use at least one acceptable secondary source as evidence.

What is an acceptable secondary source?

Not google. Not wikipedia. Not dictionary.com. No .com, or .net sources. .Gov, .edu, and .org are okay. BUT make sure to check the reliability of the site.

As we talked about in class, the BEST sources are library sources. Books. Newspapers. Magazines. The best of the best? Academic journal articles. Like CQ Researcher, they can be accessed through the databases link on our school's website. One of my personal favorite databases is JSTOR. It's a wonderful resource, containing tons of academic journal articles.

Bring Essay 2 to class on Thursday, October 29th. Please include a code name, instead of your real name, in the heading. If you want, you can come up with a code name using a favorite character from a book, TV show, movie or band.

On Thursday, we'll be workshopping our papers. If you come to class without Essay 2, you will not be able to contribute to the workshop, and you will have to make it up on your own time.

Email me if you have any questions!

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