Essay #1: Draft

DueÿMar 25ÿÿPointsÿ10Submittingÿa text entry box or a file upload (Turnitin enabled)What is a draft?ÿFor this class, I’d like you to consider your draft as the following:your best attempt at writing the entire essay, without the benefit of peer review or teacher input,a safe space to make mistakes and learn from them, andÿa document which demonstrates your best effort at writing the essay, into which you have put much thought and effort.Drafts are most useful to YOU, if you put in a full effort.If you prewrite, outline, and proofread your draft, then you’ll get really high quality feedback focused on the areas you truly need help on because your readers won’t be distracted by careless errors on your part.The paper itself should be about four to four and a half pages (1200-1500 words roughly) in proper MLA format. ÿYou are going to be REQUIRED to integrate quotes from one or more of the readings you have done so far out of the text and other readings I have given you, so consider that as you choose which topic to write on. ÿPapers that do not use the readings in some significant way will lose a lot of credit, so keep that in mind, ok?OPTION #1:ÿ”Looking for Work” and “What We Really Miss About the 1950s” both discuss various angles of the idealized family…what we have created to be the perfect family in our heads, and in response to nostalgic memories and images of the ideal family presented to us through TV and other media. ÿLook at “Extending the Critical Context” #8 on page 41 of the text, and respond in essay form to this prompt. ÿUsing “Looking for Work” in your response may be appropriate/possible, as well as using “What We Really Miss About the 1950s.” ÿWhat you may wish to do, too, is to compare a 1950s sitcom to to another that is on the air now or was recently. ÿModern FamilyÿorÿMomÿare two examples of good ones for comparing family dynamics, though I am sure you can think of several other possibilities. ÿBe certain that your paper is built around proving a certain point about the idealized family…that it is proving a thesis! ÿAlso, if you use real life examples (or even theoretical ones), make sure to be descriptive and specific in your discussion…that’s why I had you do that silly descriptive details assignment…make sure to get your reader to picture exactly what you are talking about!OPTION #2:ÿRemember that experiment a couple weeks back where I asked you to disconnect yourself from your electronics for a while? ÿWell, do it again! ÿSpend time with friends or family playing an old fashioned board game like Monopoly or Clue in a gadget free phones, iPods (does anyone besides me still use an iPod?), TV, internet, and so on. ÿDescribe and reflect on the experience in an essay, and compare the experience to the first time you did something similar for the discussion board question. ÿWas the experience easier the second time? ÿHarder? ÿMore boring? ÿLess boring? ÿDid you suffer withdrawals from your phones? ÿExamine, analyze, and compare the experiences,ÿÿusing the ideas/concepts/assertions/arguments in “Quality Time, Redefined” as part of your discussion. ÿMake commentary upon the article’s ideas, as well as your and your friends’/family’s experience with the activity. ÿMake sure to connect your discussion to some overall commentary for the general reader, however, so your experience matters to someone who does not know you.OPTION #3:ÿThis option is basically the same as Option #2 above, but if you feel you can simply comment upon the impact of social media, technology, and other types of media upon the relationships and interaction among your family members, perhaps for both good and bad, without performing the experiment the prompt on page 100 describes, please do so. ÿDoes modern technology assist or hinder communication within your family and social circles? ÿDo you ever wish you could be less connected through technology? ÿDo you ever wish to be even more connected through technology and media? ÿExplain and discuss, making sure to have your paper assert a specific thesis that it is geared toward proving.OPTION #4:ÿKeeping in mind some of the ideas and studies inside the essay “Making of a Divorce Culture,” discuss the effects a divorce has had on you or someone you know well. ÿWhat caused the divorce? ÿWas it necessary? ÿHow did it change people’s lives? ÿWas the overall effect for the better or for the worse? ÿThis should not be purely a personal narrative, however…you MUST use the article in a significant way in your presentation so that you are analyzing and commenting upon the forces and influences discussed within the essay by relating your own experience to the essay’s ideas.OPTION #5:Think of the selection from the bookÿMarriage Marketsÿthat you read on page 77 of your text, and look at Extending the Critical Context #11 on page 86. ÿIn an essay, discuss your views on the topics within that writing prompt, and feel free to extend the discussion out a bit into other types of social media that are not necessarily meant specifically for dating, but often facilitate communication and relationships, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and so on. ÿDo you sense there being social strata within the world of these online media? ÿWhere do you fit in within them? ÿMake sure to thoroughly analyze and use the content of Carbone and Cahn’s article as you discuss your views, opinions, and experiences.Previous

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