I would like help with an essay

| January 27, 2015

Choose one of the essays from the list, below, that you think has something interesting to say about teaching and/or learning. (The teaching and learning could be either inside or outside a classroom.)Note: You may not choose the same essay you wrote about for ME #2.

Using the terminology and key concepts of this course (to the extent you reasonably can),

(1)In one sentence, state “the main point” (= the thesis, a proposition about how the world works) the essay is making,as you see it.

(2)Very briefly, explain how the essay is constructed, as you see it. (For instance, how is it organized? What are thesourcesof the sfs the writer has composed?)

(100 to 150 words ought to be enough for parts 1 and 2, combined.)

(3)Here is the heart of the assignment: Make some interesting and useful connections between the essay you’ve chosen and some other works that we’ve read in this course. Particularly, draw connections between what the essays have to say (to the reader) concerning teaching and/or learning.

How many “other works”? No fewer than two, no more than four.Any essay listed in the Course Description or handed out in class (includine writing by students) is a valid choice as an “other work.” See me if you need another copy of a handout.

(4)Make some interesting and useful connections between the essay you’ve chosen and some of your own experiences as a learner..

Write for an audience of intelligent adults–college students and college graduates, say. Assume they havenotread the published essay you’ve selected.

On November 25, I’ll ask you to tell me, in writing, the essay you will be focusing on.

Key Advice:(a)Your paper should be full of very-specific sfs–about the essays you are discussing, about your own experiences, about whatever. (b)Quotationis very important in writing of this sort. Quote from the essays you are discussing to support the general claimsyouare making about the essays. Cite the page number(s) for each important quotation. Quote and cite the texts in our anthology (not some other edition of the essays). (c) Organize your paper andmake your pattern of organization easily seen by the reader. (d) Take handwrittennoteson a sheet of paper on each essay you will discuss in this paper. Writing a paper like this without such notes is folly.

The list:

Toni Cade Bambara, “The Lesson” (pp. 253 ff.)

Professor X, “In the Basement of the Ivory Tower” (on Blackboard)

“C.P. Ellis” (handout plus Blackboard)

Gatto, “Against School”

Another essay by special permission in advance

the one I choose from the list is “the lesson” byToni Cade Bambara and for “other work” you can use “against school” by Gatto and “Learing to read” by Malcolm X. all 3 of these essay can be found Rereading America 9th edition

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