The Assignment -You are responsible for turning in one 1,200-1,400-word (6-8 pag


The Assignment -You are responsible for turning in one 1,200-1,400-word (6-8 page) essay on all three of
the required books.
Requirements
The analytical essay should briefly summarize the work, as well as the key points you
find important. Your essays should make clear and cogent arguments about the book.
You will be graded based on the following criteria: Your demonstrated understanding of
the reading, the quality and clarity of your argument, the clarity and organization of your
writing, and your adherence to the format outlined below.
Suggestions
Read the books carefully to make sure you are not missing important points that should
be in your essay. Also make sure you understand the authors’ basic arguments. Think
seriously what each author is trying to accomplish. As you read, underline important
points you might like to mention in the essay.
Ask yourself the following questions: Does the author successfully accomplish what he
set out to do? Does they prove their arguments? Did you learn anything new from the
book? Is there anything the author should take into account that he doesn’t? Just as
importantly, how do the books compare? Where would the authors agree or disagree?
What would they say to one another?
The purpose for this assignment is also to enhance your writing skills. The more refined
the paper, the better the grade. So if you start late you may be in serious peril. Go through
the readings early, using the above questions as a guide. Put together a rough draft, which
should be a little longer than what you’re shooting for, and then pare it down to between
1,200-1,400 words. Because of the limited length requirement, you will have to make
difficult choices over what to include and what to cut. Finally, take the time to proofread
so I don’t see any embarrassing errors and typos in the final draft.
Format
Do not stray from the mandated word count. The paper must be typed, double-spaced
with size 12 “Times New Roman” font and standard margins. Put page numbers on the
bottom center of each page except page one. In the top right corner of the first page
should be your name, the title of the class (ex. “Global Development” or “POL 346”), the
assignment (ex. “Reaction Essay”), the date, and the word count. The word count
includes only the body of the essay, not the name, headline, etc. Next have a centered
headline that speaks to a key theme from the books or your own essay. Finally, all
citations must include specific page numbers. You are expected to use Chicago style with
full footnotes (please consult chicagomanualofstyle.org). Reference page not required.
Note that you may not quote directly from the authors.
THE THREE BOOKS ARE:
Jason Hickel, The Divide: Global Divide From Conquest to Free Markets (New York: W.W. Norton, 2018).
Vijay Prashad, The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (London: Verso, 2012).
Ananya Roy, Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (New York: Routledge, 2010)


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