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Persuasive Essay Presentation

Throughout this course, you have worked on a persuasive essay, which you submitted in Week 4. Now it is time to present your persuasive essay to a target audience. In this assignment, you will be taking the key points from your persuasive essay and integrating them into a persuasive essay presentation.

Read the Persuasive Essay Presentation Instructions.

Create your 6- to 8-slide Persuasive Essay Presentation.

  • For help with creating presentations, use the Learning Activities from this week, which are also linked under Materials on the right side of the screen.
  • Include detailed speaker notes in your presentation.
  • Format any citations in your presentation according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

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Reflection Journal Entry

As you complete the course, it is important to look back at the content and skills that you have learned, and consider how you will implement these skills throughout your academic program, and in your personal and professional life.

Reflect on the content presented, and the skills you have learned throughout all five weeks of this course.

Write a journal entry of at least 350 words discussing the following questions:

  • What rhetorical writing strategies have you learned in this course that will be most useful, and how will they influence your writing?
  • In what ways might knowledge of argumentative or persuasive writing be important to your future courses and career?
  • Why is it important to become aware of how to convert the written word into a presentation? How might that skill be used in your future career?
  • Thinking back over the courses you have completed so far in your degree program, what are the three most important lessons learned that you will use in the future? Explain and provide examples.

Note: Because this is a journal entry, APA formatting is not required

English 101 Essay Assignment 4: Compare/Contrast Essay

Topic and Structure:

Compare/Contrast Essay – Choose one topic provided in these instructions to compare and/or contrast.

The table below provides an extensive list of topic options from which you must select, and we recommend that you choose one from below that you are interested in beyond this course. For instance, if you are a Finance or Business major, you might be interested in the Dividends v. Capital Gains topic. If you are a Science major, you might choose Hybrid Seeds v. GMO Seeds. Or perhaps you’re taking StraighterLine’s Survey of World History course, in which case you might opt to research the similarities and differences between the United States and the Roman Empire. You will use at least two credible sources to support your claims, and remember, you must include your sources throughout the body paragraphs of your essay in a mix of cited quotes, paraphrases, and summaries. Both the support and research portions of the rubric will be negatively affected if you do not integrate your researched data.

· Rosa Parks vs. Harriett Tubman

· Treaties vs. Executive Agreements

· Roman Empire vs. United States

· Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” vs. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”

· Verbal vs. Nonverbal Communication

· Old Testament vs. New Testament

· Leonardo di Vinci vs. Michelangelo

· Apple Ipad vs. Microsoft Surface

· Dividends vs. Capital Gains

· Marxism vs. Socialism

· Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox

· Jazz vs. Blues

· String Instruments vs. Wind Instruments

· Amphibians vs. Reptiles

· Charles Darwin vs. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

· Solar Power vs. Wind Power

· Hybrid Seeds vs. GMO Seeds

· Public School vs. Home School

Write an essay comparing or contrasting the two topics in your selection using EITHER the point-by-point OR the subject-by-subject method to organize the details and specific examples. Consider focusing on three to five subtopics and generate ideas through prewriting. Develop a strong thesis statement for your essay that includes your two topics from the list above; your three to five subtopics; and a claim about how they are similar, different, or both.

Sample Thesis Statements:

If you will argue that your two topics are mostly similar:

Topic A and Topic B share many similar characteristics, including (Supporting point 1), (Supporting point 2), and (Supporting point 3); while they differ in (Additional supporting point), the similarities greatly outweigh the differences. 

OR

If you will argue that your two topics are mostly different:

While Topic A and Topic B have (Additional supporting point) in common, they are mostly quite different; in fact, they differ in characteristics such as (Supporting point 1), (Supporting point 2), and (Supporting point 3).

OR

If you will argue that your two topics have many important/interesting similarities and differences:

Analyzing Topic A and Topic B reveals many fascinating similarities as well as differences; for instance, they share (Supporting point 1) and (Supporting point 1), but are vastly different when it comes to (Supporting point 3) and (Supporting point 4). 

Tips

To brainstorm, you might consider using a Venn diagram or a simple list to show what your topics have in common and how they differ. Then you can select the most prominent or interesting characteristics that you want to highlight in your paper.

Be sure to avoid beginning your comparisons or contrasts in the introduction. Your thesis is the only place in the introduction where you will include this information. Use the introduction to get your reader’s attention, and consider using a good strategy that leads into the topic. For instance, you might relate a short anecdote to illustrate your topic, an interesting quotation that relates to your topic, or perhaps a surprising statistic that reveals something about your topic.

Then, in the body paragraphs remember to support your claim(s) outlined in the thesis. For instance, if one of your points says the city and the country are different in terms of transportation, be sure the topic sentence of one body paragraph presents a similar statement. In addition, spend equal time on each subtopic in each body paragraph, and one way to develop organized body paragraphs is to focus on one topic before moving to the next one so that the paragraph support is split 50/50. In other words, using the example above, you would explain the transportation options in the city in full, and then, you would detail the types of contrasting transportation in the country. End each body paragraph with a strong concluding sentence that synthesizes that paragraph’s discussions.

The conclusion should sum up the specific supporting points as well as your overall assessment of why these points are important. Consider what kinds of interesting or new conclusions you can draw from your comparison. In other words, your essay must reveal why your comparison is important. A well-developed paragraph often contains a minimum of five sentences. Note that any of the main sections below labeled with Roman Numerals (I, II, III, IV) could be more than just a single paragraph.

Point-by-Point

I. Introduction
A. Thesis
B. Additional information to introduce your topic and gain the reader’s attention

II. Supporting point 1
A. Topic 1
B. Topic 2

III. Supporting point 2
A. Topic 1
B. Topic 2

IV. Supporting point 3
A. Topic 1
B. Topic 2

V. Supporting point 4 or Additional point
A. Topic 1
B. Topic 2

VI. Conclusion
A. Reiterate your thesis (but do not simply restate it from the introduction)
B. Give your overall assessment—the “so what” factor—about your topic. For instance, is one topic better than the other for some reason? Is one topic misunderstood?

Subject-by-Subject

I. Introduction
A. Thesis
B. Additional information to introduce your topic and gain the reader’s attention

II. Topic 1
A. Supporting point 1
B. Supporting point 2
C. Supporting point 3
D. Supporting point 4 or Additional point

III. Topic 2
A. Supporting point 1
B. Supporting point 2
C. Supporting point 3
D. Supporting point 4 or Additional point

V. Conclusion
A. Reiterate your thesis (but do not simply restate it from the introduction)
B. Give your overall assessment—the “so what” factor—about your topic. For instance, is one topic better than the other for some reason? Is one topic misunderstood?

Here’s an example of how you might organize using these methods for an essay about cats versus dogs as pets (remember, this topic is not one of the options for this essay).

Point-by-Point

I. Introduction
A. Thesis: While cats and dogs are both clear winners when it comes to pet choices, these animals are vastly different when it comes to noise level, exercise needs, and cleanliness.

II. Subtopic 1: Noise level
A. Topic 1: Cats are quiet
B. Topic 2: Dogs can be noisy

III. Subtopic 2: Exercise
A. Topic 1: Cats do not have to be walked
B. Topic 2: Dogs require exercise

IV. Subtopic 3: Cleanliness
A. Topic 1: Cats groom themselves
B. Topic 2: Dogs need to be bathed

V. Conclusion

Subject-by-Subject

I. Introduction
A. Thesis: While cats and dogs are both clear winners when it comes to pet choices, these animals are vastly different when it comes to noise level, exercise needs, and cleanliness.

II. Topic 1: Cats
A. Subtopic 1: Noise level
B. Subtopic 2: Exercise
C. Subtopic 3: Cleanliness

III. Topic 2: Dogs
A. Subtopic 1: Noise level
B. Subtopic 2: Exercise
C. Subtopic 3: Cleanliness

IV. Conclusion

Format Requirements:

Remember to apply the concepts you’re learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.

Length: This assignment should be at least 500 words.

Sources: You need a bare minimum of two credible sources for this assignment.

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

  • Your      first and last name
  • Course      Title (Composition I)
  • Assignment      name (Comparison and Contrast)
  • Current      Date

Page Layout:

  • MLA      style documentation (please see the tutorial in the course topic)
  • Last      name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
  • Double-spacing      throughout
  • Title,      centered after heading
  • Standard      font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
  • 1″      margins on all sides
  • Save      the file as .docx or  .doc format

Personal Narrative Instructions

You are required to submit the FINAL copy of this assignment, but you may first submit an optional DRAFT. This will allow you to receive qualitative feedback that can inform your revision. You should always avoid focusing solely on the grader’s DRAFT feedback; use the feedback as a supplement to the course lessons and your own revision ideas. Always expect to revise beyond what the DRAFT grader specifically notes.

Topic and Structure:

Multimodal Personal Narrative – Develop a multimodal document to both visually illustrate and verbally express a personal transformation.

Use a one-page newspaper or single-panel brochure format to present a personal narration of a transformation of your choice from a point in your childhood to today. You might discuss a career aspiration you had as a child, transition to the job you held as a teenager, and lastly, explain the profession you maintain today. Use connecting ideas to ensure you have a cohesive essay, which will ultimately (in the conclusion) explain what you learned from this transformation. For example, how and why did you go from point A (job 1) to point B (job 2) and then on to point C (job 3)? Or, you might consider illustrating a transformation based on a way of life or philosophy.

Implement three photos to represent your ideas, feelings, etc., at the three focal points in your life. You may use personal photos, clip art, or other images, but be sure you use and/or attribute the them appropriately. For example, you are free to use your personal photos as you’d like, but make sure to choose clip art or other images that you either have permission to use freely or that you cite adequately. Equally consider your document’s layout, such as text sizes, photo placement (near the related essay text), and colors, in addition to how you present your content, to include thesis, support, and organization.

Sample thesis statement: Growing up in Sedona, Arizona, I was constantly looking up into the clear night sky, viewing multiple constellations and shimmering stars, which had me yearning to reach them—literally—so when I turned 16, I began working as a camp counselor at a space camp, which ultimately led to a career at NASA; my journey taught me that if I reached for the stars, nothing could stop me.

Format Requirements:

While you do not need to follow standard MLA format for this assignment, be sure to still include your name, the course title, assignment name, and date within your submission as part of the newspaper or brochure.

Length: This assignment should be at least 500 words.

Underline your thesis statement.

Example format:

Personal narration title document example shows title at the top. There are three columns in the document, each of which include a text description that correlates with a picture below.

Learning Psychology Question

As you have read this week, cognitivism is a theory that addresses the mind’s contribution to how we learn. The cognitive revolution (although considered by some as an overly stated fact) is suggested to have been a response to the behaviorist movement that rejected introspection (anti-mentalism), and controversially lead to, what some consider, a dissolvement of the behaviorist movement. Consider the following questions about cognitivism and discuss each, basing your posture on this week’s readings, your past experiences, and your past knowledge. • Why is it suggested that cognitivists disagree with the behaviorist view that learning only occurs if there is an outward manifestation? What other notable differences do these two theories suggest? • Do you agree with the cognitivist view that learning is a change in one’s schemata? (Support with citations.) • How have your personal schemata changed throughout your life? (Could be about learning, but also about other domains such as love, honesty, hard work, loyalty, etc.) • List an example of a schema that has changed, in your own knowledge development. involving the field of psychology. • Based on cognitivism, what implications does it suggest is a potential concern for effectively processing information when cognitive load is not effectually considered?  o Do you recall a time where learning was difficult because there were too many components all at once? What strategy(ies) did you use to work through this situation?

English 101 Essay Assignment 3: Annotated Bibliography

Topic and Structure:

Annotated Bibliography – Review four potential sources for your research paper project (you should already have your research essay topic chosen), and select two to explore further, with at least one qualifying as a periodical.

Here are some possible places to search for credible sources:

  • Internet      Public Library Link.
  • Truman      State University’s Pickler Memorial Library (this source lists periodical      databases only, so you may choose your periodical here): Link.
  • Google      Scholar (note that this is different from regular Google): Link.
  • Microsoft      Academic Search: Link.
  • Cornell      University’s arXiv (open access sources in math, biology, physics, and      other fields): Link.
  • Bielefeld      Academic Search Engine (BASE): Link.
  • Your      local library

This assignment does not follow the standard introduction, body paragraph, and conclusion format; instead, you will simply create three well-developed paragraphs per source, each with a specific objective, for six paragraphs total. For each of your two chosen resources, you will summarize the material, assess the source’s content, and reflect on its value for your research paper project. Some sources are long and contain main ideas and subtopics, so be sure to focus your assignment on ideas that are relevant to your research paper topic. Learn more about summarizing, assessing, and reflecting here.

This essay also requires a particular format in which you will summarize, assess, and reflect on one source in full before you move to the next one. See the sample here under “Sample MLA Annotation” for format details.

Notes

· Make the title of your annotated bibliography your research paper project’s topic.

· On the line under your title, but left-aligned on the page, include your proposed research essay’s thesis so that graders can provide some preliminary feedback.

Format Requirements:

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

  • Your      first and last name
  • Course      Title (Composition I)
  • Assignment      name (Comparison and Contrast)
  • Current      Date

Page Layout:

  • MLA      style documentation (please see the tutorial in the course topic)
  • Last      name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
  • Double-spacing      throughout
  • Title,      centered after heading
  • Standard      font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
  • 1″      margins on all sides
  • Save      the file as .docx or .doc format

Length: This assignment should have three full paragraphs per two sources for a total of six paragraphs, with at least 500 words minimum overall.

English 101 Essay Assignment 3: Annotated Bibliography

Topic and Structure:

Annotated Bibliography – Review four potential sources for your research paper project (you should already have your research essay topic chosen), and select two to explore further, with at least one qualifying as a periodical.

Here are some possible places to search for credible sources:

  • Internet      Public Library Link.
  • Truman      State University’s Pickler Memorial Library (this source lists periodical      databases only, so you may choose your periodical here): Link.
  • Google      Scholar (note that this is different from regular Google): Link.
  • Microsoft      Academic Search: Link.
  • Cornell      University’s arXiv (open access sources in math, biology, physics, and      other fields): Link.
  • Bielefeld      Academic Search Engine (BASE): Link.
  • Your      local library

This assignment does not follow the standard introduction, body paragraph, and conclusion format; instead, you will simply create three well-developed paragraphs per source, each with a specific objective, for six paragraphs total. For each of your two chosen resources, you will summarize the material, assess the source’s content, and reflect on its value for your research paper project. Some sources are long and contain main ideas and subtopics, so be sure to focus your assignment on ideas that are relevant to your research paper topic. Learn more about summarizing, assessing, and reflecting here.

This essay also requires a particular format in which you will summarize, assess, and reflect on one source in full before you move to the next one. See the sample here under “Sample MLA Annotation” for format details.

Notes

· Make the title of your annotated bibliography your research paper project’s topic.

· On the line under your title, but left-aligned on the page, include your proposed research essay’s thesis so that graders can provide some preliminary feedback.

Format Requirements:

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

  • Your      first and last name
  • Course      Title (Composition I)
  • Assignment      name (Comparison and Contrast)
  • Current      Date

Page Layout:

  • MLA      style documentation (please see the tutorial in the course topic)
  • Last      name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
  • Double-spacing      throughout
  • Title,      centered after heading
  • Standard      font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
  • 1″      margins on all sides
  • Save      the file as .docx or .doc format

Length: This assignment should have three full paragraphs per two sources for a total of six paragraphs, with at least 500 words minimum overall.

Underline your thesis statement.