Essay Assignment #1
Length: three to four pages not including Works Cited
Evaluation of an Argument through Analysis – In this assignment, you are required to show your abilities to summarize and evaluate the effectiveness of an argument, based on your analysis of it.
Thus far in the course, we have explored the ways in which we read and analyze an argumentative text critically. Critical analysis of a text requires us to look for what the author claims (the main idea/thesis) and to closely examine how the author supports the claim (via subsidiary claims and evidence). It also requires us to examine how the author presents the claims and evidence and how he or she addresses his or her opposing views.
Write an essay in which you…show more content… That is, in each body paragraph, write about one of your points, explaining why one writer’s argument is more convincing in each chosen area. In providing your evidence, make sure to use specific details from the essays. Also use, whenever relevant, such terminology as audience, purpose, claims, evidence, reasoning, credibility, opposing views, counterargument, language, tone, and organization. As for organizing your own essay, please use the point-by-point pattern, not the block pattern.
In your conclusion, restate your focused thesis and write other insightful concluding remarks.
Essay Assignment #3
Length: five to six pages not including Works Cited
Argumentation with thematic synthesis of materials – In this assignment, you are required to show your ability to argue a controversial issue by taking a position and persuading your readers with convincing evidence that your position is more valid than that of your opponents. For this task, you need to draw on your abilities to succinctly and accurately summarize different writers’ points of view and to make connections among source materials, and between your own ideas and those presented in sources.
Generally, bilingualism can be defined as “the ability to speak two languages easily and naturally” or “the regular use of two languages in everyday communication.” In the context of the USA and as a topic of controversy, however, bilingualism refers to the use of another language besides