Paper Prompts: English 111 Prompt #5

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting my assignment prompts from previous classes as a way of getting me to think about what I’ll change for the upcoming semester.

One last paper. I like to end the semester with a fun assignment, so last year I made our last paper an open letter. I used the McSweeney’s  OPEN LETTERS TO PEOPLE OR ENTITIES WHO ARE UNLIKELY TO RESPOND column as a model, and my students really took to it. I had a letter to a student’s first (and, as yet, unpurchased) car, Netflix, Trent Dilfer, and the person who’s way too into Christmas even though it’s November. Good times.

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Paper Prompts: English 111 Prompt #5

Paper Prompts: English 111 Prompt #4

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting my assignment prompts from previous classes as a way of getting me to think about what I’ll change for the upcoming semester.

English 111 begins and ends with a diagnostic tool called the English Exit Exam. Students read a My Turn column from Newsweek and do two things: summarize the column’s argument and argue whether that argument if effective or ineffective. As a prelim to that final exam, I ask students to write their own My Turn essay and think about the piece’s construction from the inside out. Here’s the prompt…

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Paper Prompts: English 111 Prompt #3

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting my assignment prompts from previous classes as a way of getting me to think about what I’ll change for the upcoming semester.

Paper #3 adds research requirements to the basic analytical skills students started using in Paper #2. The set up? Students are special assistants to the Dean of Students. A student group wants a public student forum about a controversial Topic X. It is each student’s job to write a report for the Dean of Students that surveys the topic, gives an adequate summary of the different approaches to the topic, and then evaluates whether or not the forum should happen. Here’s the prompt…

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Paper Prompts: English 111 Prompt #2

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting my assignment prompts from previous classes as a way of getting me to think about what I’ll change for the upcoming semester.

The first paper I assign students in freshmen comp asks them analyze the relationship they have with their parents/guardians. Strong responses marry convincing claims to strong details/stories. They get to write about what they know, but they’re still doing some self-reflection. Paper #2, on the other hand, starts upping the analysis game…

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