The final essay you turn in must be at least 1800 words. Essays that are shorter


The final essay you turn in must be at least 1800 words. Essays that are shorter will be given a substantially lower grade. The word count does NOT include the works cited page, You are free to write more than 1800 words, though please keep it under 2000 words.
The final essay you turn in for Essay 3 must be typed using Times New Roman (or something similar to that),12 point font, with double spacing and 1-inch margins (margins can vary slightly from the 1-inch guideline, but should be close to that). The color must be black.
Use MLA style for formatting the essay, including the Works Cited page and the in-text citations. (The sample student essays in TSIS and Canvas, Course Resources can help with this.)
Your essay must include a thesis statement that includes your response to the conversation described in the topic option, not JUST a summary of the conversation. Your thesis must include a “nay-sayer.” Do not use a simplistic “5 Paragraph Essay” thesis and structure. Use the handouts at Course Resources related to thesis sentence construction, complete a GLA from the TLC, work with a TLC tutor, and, of course, email me.
The audience you are writing your essay for, the people who will read your essay is comprised of COC students and the surrounding communities and the families living there. In other words, they’re rather informed, know something about the topic you are writing about, and are eager to “listen” to you, but you will need to use effective ethos, logos, and pathos to convince them of your opinion, your thesis, your claim. Let’s pretend your essay will be published in a local newspaper, both online and onground, and a great many members of your audience will open this and see your title and begin reading your essay. How can you “hook” them, keep them reading, and ultimately give them confidence in your research and your argument?
Your essay must respond to the following directions (see all of the below).
You must also include supporting details from four sources (they can be from our textbook, links I provided, or elsewhere.
Key Criteria: This essay is your own argument, but you should take into account what you’ve learned during this course: begin by showing the conversation your paper is responding to (“they say”), have a clear statement of your own argument (“I say”), include quotes and incorporate them smoothly, point out possible objections to your argument, use appropriate transitions, and explain why the issue matters. You might also consider adding meta-commentary (TSIS pages131-40) and finding ways to include your own voice even though this is academic writing.
Important Guidelines
Assume that your reader wants your essay to be written in an easy to follow manner, so be sure that you have a clearly written thesis statement as the last sentence of your introduction, which may be more than one paragraph long.
Keep referring to They Say, I Say for ways to use the templates to frame your responses to the ideas of the authors, present your supporting details from the TSIS essays, and provide clear transitions between your ideas. Attempt to “hook” your readers with an interesting introduction strategy, maybe a startling quote, statistic, or story.
You will need to cite your sources using correct MLA format, including providing a Works Cited page. Follow the instructions in TSIS and our Canvas handouts. Essays that do not follow proper MLA citation format will receive lower grades.
End the essay with a concluding paragraph that gives the reader a sense of closure without repeating the thesis or merely summarizing the essay.
Include at least three summary/paraphrases in your essay. (Review TSIS 30-38)
Include at least one “long quote,” or “block quote, as they are sometimes called. Google it. MLA. Copy the link from the sample essay at Canvas or from our textbook. Long quotes have a definition and are formatted differently from quotes that do not meet the long quote criteria.
Include at least one image (see Canvas, Modules, Class Resources handout on how to cite an image in the essay text and how to cite it on the Works Cited page). An image may be a graph or chart (which works really well) or a cartoon or picture. Use the image like a quote. Place it in the paragraph to support a point you are making. Do not simply place it at the beginning or the end of the essay. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, so here’s your chance to strengthen your argument without using hardly any words at all.
Include at least one semicolon, colon, and dash. (“Attend” a “Do It Yourself” (DIY) University and teach yourself how to use these items.
Assignment Subject from which you identify your own topic to build an argumentative essay upon AND do not repeat at all what you may have written about on Essay 2:
Use the essay prompt below as a starting point for your essay.
Assignment Subject: Environmental Problem and Solution Essay: We’ve read quite a few pages from our book-length work the Sixth Extinction, and this assignment focuses attention upon the larger concepts that book explores: The anthropocene, the demise of so much life due to human behaviors that we are causing yet another mass extinction like the five previous extinctions, but those were not the result of one species impacting so many other species. With this and Kolbert’s book in mind, select an essay topic regarding the negative impact humans cause upon any single species or related species and explore the causes and effects responsible for this problem and offer a solution. You may focus upon negative effects on species in a region, maybe your hometown. It’s appropriate to include a small percentage of content toward negative or positive human health/quality of life issues, but the primary focus needs to be on non-human life, just as Kolbert does in her book. Your topic can focus on flora or fauna (plants or animals).
Narrow the topic down to something appropriate for the length limitation of this assignment, and provide a specific opinion about that topic, which you will then create an argument in support of. Offer, in your thesis and in your essay, a solution(s) to the problem.
Narrow your topic down, as we have been practicing all semester. You may want to focus on a particular species–gorillas, sharks, frogs, butterflies, elephants, desert turtles, big cats etc. or on a specific species “monarch butterflies. You’ll want to explore, research, and find your topic.
Your essay needs to establish a problem and offer a solution. (Solution=positive steps, strategies to help address the problem.)
A section of your essay (or more) must evaluate underlying assumptions toward the environment that drives some of these destructive or restorative human behaviors. Why are humans comfortable with what we are doing unless it directly impacts us? Also, remember what Kolbert says about how amazing humans can be in regards to sacrificing so much to save some of the flora and fauna that is in distress. What is the root cause of this or these assumptions, what cultural values have been instilled that result in the assumptions? These assumptions may be positive or negative in regards to our opinions about the environment. (Look for attitudes that suggest, perhaps, the earth is ours to do what we want to make life better for us, and too bad if other non-human life goes extinct, for instance. Where does this opinion come from?” And look for attitudes that compel some humans to give so much time and energy (money, too) to try and save a bit of this or that that’s left.
Your audience, the people who will read your writing (not me: don’t write an essay to me) are nearby area college students, residents of the SCV and surrounding area. Your essay will be “published,” let’s say, in a local newspaper or magazine (online and print).


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