Use at least six sources. Cite your sources according to MLA style and include a works cited page.
Incorporating secondary sources invokes a definition of writing as an act of social engagement; therefore, the final unit essay suggests an assignment relating to civic or social consciousness — in other words, how a given text connects to “real world” issues, problems, and ongoing debate. The source integration essay can invite students to synthesize the multiple perspectives of writers that they have studied. In this essay, students will use three rhetorical appeals to create an overall argument about a debatable topic.
Ideas: topic, thesis/central idea, focus, purpose, audience: 20%
Ideas should be clear, insightful, thought-provoking, and focused so that they consistently support the topic, thesis, and audience for the paper.
Development: details, evidence, examples, logic, arguments: 20%
Development should be fresh, with abundant details and examples that arouse audience interest and provide relevant, concrete, specific and insightful evidence in support of sound logic.
Organization: structure, coherence, unity, transitions: 20%
Organization should be coherent, unified, and effective in support of the paper’s purpose, and should consistently demonstrate effective and appropriate rhetorical transitions between ideas and paragraphs.
Mechanics: sentence structure, word choice, tone, grammar, spelling, punctuation: 20%
Style should be confident, readable and rhetorically effective in tone, incorporating varied sentence structure, precise word choice, and correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Format: presentation, sources, documentation, MLA style: 20%
Format should meet all assignment directions, and should work expertly to support the essay’s purpose
Unit 4 questions include:
The Lethality of Loneliness: We now know how it can ravage our body and brain
“When I die” by Brooke Jarvis.
An end-of-life doctor faces his own end.
High-tech suit simulates aging so young people can empathize with senior citizens:
How to Live Wisely
THIS OLD MAN: Life in your nineties.
It’s silly to be frightened of being dead
At Sixty-Five: After the excesses of youth and terrors of middle age, a writer faces the contingencies of being old
Junk Mail: An Emotional Vignette of Growing Old
WHAT OLD AGE IS REALLY LIKE
Let Older Americans Keep Working
You won’t make it through this clip of elderly people talking about loneliness without crying
The right to die: Doctors should be allowed to help the suffering and terminally ill to die when they choose
PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE IS ALWAYS WRONG
Your Right to Die Isn’t Enough: The ethics and morality of assisted suicide