Essay #2: The Secret to Academic Success
Rationale for Assignment: An important college skill is being able to read and understand other people’s ideas. When you write about what you read, you are basically explaining to the reader, “This is what I read and learned; this is what I understand about the topic.”
This paper assignment asks you to explain an important idea in one of the articles we have read, and to illustrate that idea with examples (either from your own experiences or from one of the course readings or videos we studied together in class such as The Bad Kids documentary, Junot Diaz’ “Becoming a Writer” or Sherman Alexie’s “Superman and Me,” depending on which prompt you select). You may also include examples from other sources we reviewed in class to show the author’s ideas. Be sure to properly cite all paraphrases and quotations from the readings.
This assignment also asks you to present your own thinking about the author’s ideas. You might agree with the author and give new evidence to support the ideas in the reading; you might disagree with the author and give examples to show why the ideas in the reading are not always correct; or you might have different ideas from the author that are supported by examples or evidence.
Assignment: Pick one (1) of the following prompts to write about:
Option 1-Text-to-Self: In what ways do your own life experiences support and/or refute one or more theories we’ve learned this week about student learning, motivation, and success? Make an argument and present a specific point of view.
Grading: This essay is worth 100 points. Your essay should meet the following goals: