Take the rather broad topic given as a challenge to demonstrate not only the depth of your knowledge of what you’ve studied so far, but also as a way of demonstrating your ability to focus on relevant issues, to explain significant problems, to define key terms, to respond to the most important objection(s) to your important claims, and to generally engage and apply our classroom and textual material. Do the best that you can with the material that you have and the skills that you’ve learned so far. Assume your audience is generally intelligent, but ignorant of the content of this particular course. This is not a “research paper.” Use only the resources assigned in this class.
- You should be familiar with what an argument is and of what a good argumentative essay consists. See Vaughn for Guidance.
- Your essay should be about 500 words in length. Note: a longer essay is not a better essay.
- Be sure to include textual support for your claims. This essay, of course, should represent your own work. Be sure to cite any sources from which you receive ideas and/or inspiration (including any texts assigned in this course) using the MLA author-page citation convention. I will submit your essay to turnitin.com for analysis. Consult that site for citation guidance.
- Put your name on your essay. Your essay should be typed in a 12 point (non-script, non-bold font). Your essay should always be double-spaced with a one-inch margin on all sides. It should be free of spelling, grammar, and word choice errors, as well as other basic writing errors. Thus, all work should be thoroughly proofread before being turned in. Although using a word processing program’s spell checker is encouraged, that in and of itself does not constitute proofreading. An inordinate number of basic writing errors will have a significant negative impact on the grade assigned to that piece of work.
The teachers feedback has been provided within the word document. The argument is whether websites that are “pro-anarexia” and provide a space for those dealing with anorexia to lay their thoughts out.
The book used in class was “Understanding Media Ethics” by David Horner.