Formal Essay #7: The FINAL Narrative: Tell a non-fiction story in which you expound some truth about the Spring 2017 semester at Stockton University.

The essay should have all of the conventions of a narrative (remember no thesis, just beginning middle and end like Formal Essay #1). It should contain an objective correlative to carry the emotional burden, and I should walk away with a clear idea of the message you hoped to convey.

Think of the many examples we read of this type of narrative. Recreate one that explains a lesson learned or an idea you are wrestling with. Just remember, no idea but in things…

No research required, but if you use it, cite it using APA format.

Essay is due to be shared with me by Tuesday, April 25, 2017. 


Informal Essay #10: A Letter to Me: One page of reflection on the course, your year at college and the world that waits for you. Consider the following: what did you learn in this class? Highlights and low-lights of the course? What about the year here at Stockton in general? What did you learn about yourself? What’s your hope for the next 5 months? The next 5 years? And beyond?

Final Essay: Formal Essay  #8: PROPOSING PROBLEM / SOLUTION
(much of the language of this prompt is an amalgamation of my own ideas and those borrowed from other institutions, including Florida International University, Johnson County Community College).
Length of paper: approx. 8 pages, excluding work cited.
635941841496188937-536372940_problem20solvingYour objective for this assignment is to research, analyze, post a thesis, antithesis, and finally synthesize a solution for a common social problem. To do this, let’s begin by challenging the common ways of looking at problems themselves.  The process of research, as discussed endlessly in the course, is to generate, then narrow questions. Great research creates questions. Great argumentation papers do more to generate further questions than answer them. Let’s ponder this together, first.

The goal of the Proposing a Solution Essay is to make an argument that calls an audience to action. By focusing your argument on one specific public problem, you will be responding to the frequently asked question: But what can we do?

Your task in researching this paper is three-fold:
1. You must demonstrate that a significant problem exists
2. You must propose a solution to the problem
3. You must justify this particular solution, showing how the benefits outweigh alternative.
Consider this as your essay’s development in three parts: 1) a description of the problem, 2) a proposal for a solution, and 3) a justification for the solution.

Your introduction should get your audience’s attention (possibly by appealing to pathos through anecdote or example), provide background on the conversation you are joining, and clearly state the claim you intend to support.

The body of your argument should appeal to logos by presenting reasons and evidence in support of your position, as well as appeal to ethos by responding to opposing views (rebutting the counterargument). You may also appeal to pathos within your body by appealing to the values and beliefs of your audience.

You PRIMARY (the ones directly addressing your claim):

There should be at least five sources, all scholarly or peer-reviewed
ONE source should be first-hand (an interview, social media survey, or direct observation of an event).
ADDITIONAL sources can come from other credible sources.
ALL must be cited in APA format.

I will look for the following in your essay:

•Does the writer make a convincing argument as to why her audience should or ought to take action?
•Is the proposed action (or “claim”) clearly identified and explained?
•Is this claim logically supported by reasons and evidence?
•Have possible objections to the underlying assumptions (warrants) linking the claim and reasons been addressed?
•Have opposing views been addressed?
•Does the paper provide adequate background on the problem the author is attempting to remedy?

Otherwise, I will be using the university’s rubric for the paper. 9f4801249159282c2f5708381459f410_meme-5-enjoy-problem-on-memegen-problem-solved-meme_512-512

• All information taken from sources needs to be cited (not just quotations)
• There are lots of great places to get your ideas flowing.  Here. Here’s my favorite one from, SHOCKER, The New York Times. 
• Use APA for the entire paper. Find resources for doing this in Hacker. Or here.  Or here.

• Use quotations only where necessary. Better to summarize information and discuss how it becomes evidence when married to your point.

• Each paragraph should have a topic sentence and show unity.

• Each evidence paragraph will contain at least one citation identifying where you got your information.

• This is your chance to SHINE on the fact that our multiple revisions have not been a total waste.

Come to conference class with the following prepared:

Conference Assignment: Please have the following information ready for submission during our conferences. All components must be typed and professionally presented:

1. Working Outline
2. Working Thesis
3. Annotated Bibliography

4. Social Media Work shared with me #costrhet
1. The working outline is a very important first step that serves as a guide for your entire paper. Follow any form you feel most comfortable with (See Hacker for a variety of outlining methods if confused). The outline should give me an idea of how you plan your paper…point by point at least…example by example if you wish. There should be a bullet-ed component for each paragraph. Keep in mind that this is the mode by which you will also present your research. Remember that good development “systematically fulfills the reader’s expectation.”
oh-you-have-finals-coming-up2. Student will present a working thesis. The expectation is that this will allow us to work together in making sure the paper is on the right track. Thesis should evince the components of thesis writing discussed in class today.
The thesis for this paper should be both complex and clear.
Make sure to move through a logical progression with your ideas.

3. Annotated Bibliography should provide insight on the sources you plan to use. Where does information exist? What types of sources have been prevalent? Why would you use (or not use) the sources you’ve collected. You’ve done this already. Should be cut and dry.

4. The paper will utilize either Twitter or Facebook for some social media, first-hand research. To satisfy this part of the assignment, you must do the following by the Family Conference.
  • Show evidence of at least three tweets or posts (use #costrhet or tag me on Twitter/tag me on Facebook) you made to refine your research question. At least one of these posts/tweets must result in dialogue or engagement with “an expert.” **It is ok to merely FOLLOW experts in the given area, but to satisfy the “first-hand research” element, there MUST be engagement.
  • Also to satisfy your first-hand research requirement, consider setting up a Twitter or Facebook survey. This does not need to be quantitative or stratified (we are only dabbling in first-hand research).
  • If you do not, cannot or will not use either of these programs, you will need to set-up a survey in survey monkey. You may use Stockton friends or classmates to populate the survey.