ENG 105: Essay #2: Exploring a Cultural or Social Idea Through Re-definition
For this 900-word MLA style essay, written in 3rd-person, please choose a social or cultural concept or stereotype to define and re-define in your own words. What is the definition of success today in America? What is equality between women and men? What is prejudice? What is the harmful effect of the word retarded, or even the word crazy? What is feminism? You will use 2 research sources within this paper and have a total of 3 (paraphrases) and 3 (direct quotes).
Suggested Outline or Structure for Your Paper:
In re-defining a key word crucial to a cultural concept or stereotype’s general positive or negative meaning and/or effect:
1) Briefly state the traditional meaning or effect and your more helpful or meaningful definition for change Early in the paper;
2) Explore the traditional meaning and where and why it falls short, or does not represent a realistic or helpful humanist concept in the world;
3) And overall, address the question of how your re-definition of the key or crucial word could be a more powerful, positive force for change.
*Use 2 of the below Sources: (At least 1 print and 1 online)
*A scholarly article from a database *A magazine article from a database
*A newspaper article *A book (not more than 5 years old)
*A website (A (.gov); (.edu) or credible organization’s (.org)
*Format: Excellent use of MLA format in text (in paper) and Works Cited page
*Introduction: Introductory paragraph is interesting, attention-getting, and clearly establishes the argument of the paper.
*Thesis: The Thesis appears in the Introduction and is a well-developed, clearly-focused, debatable argument that uses concise, powerful word choice.
*Parenthetical Citations: Excellent placement, punctuation, and format of parenthetical citations.
*Quotation, Summary, and Paraphrase: Content of paper consists of ample paraphrase and summary with direct quotation used less. Paraphrases are well done, marked by parenthetical references and show understanding of source material.
*Body: Support: The body of the paper throughout provides an excellent thesis, detailed paragraphs that support the thesis, and COUNTER-ARGUMENTS are consistently anticipated and refuted.
*Conclusion: Conclusion emerges logically from main arguments, restates thesis, and includes meaningful, powerful last sentence
*Works Cited Page: Works Cited page consists of all required sources as set out above. All sources are listed alphabetically by the Author’s Last Name or with a Key First Word of an Article Title. No sources Not in the Body of the Paper appear in the Works Cited, and All Sources Used in the Paper Appear in the Works Cited. DO A FINAL EDIT FOR THIS!!!
Organization: Excellent organization. Logical flow to argument and smooth transitions between paragraphs which hold supporting material. Topic sentences introduce each supporting point, which lends overall logical support of the thesis.
NO PRONOUNS in Topic Sentences. Make sure the Topic Sentences Introduce Supporting Points.
Grammar and Mechanics and Spelling: Excellent grammar and mechanics (punctuation, syntax (word flow) that make the paper easy to read and easily showcase its meaning. Paper is free of spelling errors.
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