26 August 2015

Write to your government representatives about a policy choice & why you disagree
REPRESENTATIVE LETTER / CITY COUNCIL MEETING PROJECT
Instructions:  Complete only one of the following options. 
          Worth:  10% of overall grade

Representative Letter
          Instructions
o   You are to write to one of your government representatives about a policy choice they made that you disagree with and why.  Representatives to consider writing to are local city council members, federal or state congressional representatives, federal or state senators, governors, or the president.  Be sure that the representative you choose to write has some jurisdiction over that particular issue.
o   Your 3 page lettershould include the following
§  1.  An introduction of yourself.
§  2.  A thesis about why you are writing the letter.
§  3.  Arguments (along with quantitative and/or qualitative evidence) showing why you think their policy position is incorrect.  For any evidence used, you must cite the sources used and provide a bibliography.
§  4.  Arguments (along with quantitative and/or qualitative evidence) showing why you think your policy position is better.  For any evidence used, you must cite the sources used and provide a bibliography.
§  5.  Conclusion summing up your final thoughts.
§  6.  Bibliography (see last page for instructions on this).

o   Here is an outline of how the letter should look and what to include in each section:
Date

Dear Honorable (Representative’s name),

Introduction
1)      Introduce yourself – Information to include is age, where you live, what school and class you attend, etc.

2)      Explain something that you have learned about American Government.
3)      Thesis – Explain why you are writing the letter.  Specifically state the policy they made you disagree with and very briefly why you think it is incorrect.     
Body Paragraphs
1)      First Body Paragraph – Provide a reason why you disagree with their policy choice.   Be sure you back up your claim with researched evidence (qualitative or quantitative data).
2)      Second Body Paragraph – Provide a policy choice you think they should adopt instead.  Provide researched evidence (qualitative or quantitative data) to show why you think your position is a better choice.
Conclusion
1)      Sum up your concerns, providing final thoughts and implications about your position
2)      Add your feelings about the important job that people in their respective position have in making decisions that will affect Americans.  Thank them for their time and consideration.

Sincerely
       Your signature
Your name

Bibliography

Paper Specs (for both)
          Font
o   12 point, Times New Roman only.
          Spacing
o   Double spaced, 1 inch margins.
          Grammar
o   Points will be deducted for poor grammar and spelling.
          Citing
o   Please use MLA formatting in your paper.
§  In paper
·         “Obama argues that the healthcare law provides millions of indigent individuals health insurance.” (citation name, page #).
§  In bibliography for internet source
·         Name of author. “Article Title.” Source Name.  Date published.  Date accessed.
§  In bibliography for book source
·         Name of author. Book Name. Publisher, Year published.



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26 August 2015

Choose an advertisement that contains at least three or four rhetorical devices or fallacies (but more would be better!), from a newspaper or a magazine (in which case you should scan the ad, save it as a PDF, and submit it with your assignment) or an online source (in which case you should include the EXACT URL with your assignment, pasted as a link with the assignment)

Choose an advertisement that contains at least three or four rhetorical devices or fallacies (but more would be better!), from a newspaper or a magazine (in which case you should scan the ad, save it as a PDF, and submit it with your assignment) or an online source (in which case you should include the EXACT URL with your assignment, pasted as a link with the assignment). You CANNOT use video ads for this assignment if you plan to complete the extra credit opportunity associated with this assignment (explained below). So, if you plan to do the extra credit, you must choose an ad that is an image, not a video. The advertizement must be from 1990 or later (no ads produced before 1990).

Analyze the ad for uses of rhetorical devices or fallacies. Explain which devices you see in the ad, making sure to be specific in your analysis. You must clearly identify the specific parts of the advertisement that you find rhetorical or fallacious.

In addition to identifying any rhetorical devices and fallacies, analyze the ad in terms of the following:

Who is targeted in the ad (who is the target audience?)?
What psychological effect does the ad have on the audience?

What subconscious needs or desires among the audience does the ad seem to be playing upon?

The written analysis should be at least 1000 words (to earn minimum credit for this assignment). Of course, paste your analysis into the “Submission” portion of this assignment page.

Then, create a new ad (actually make the new ad) for the product advertized in the original ad. Your new ad should be targeted toward a critical thinker. Therefore, your new ad should not use any rhetorical devices or fallacies to persuade the audience. Instead, your new ad should present a well-reasoned, well-supported argument for why a critical thinker should buy the product. You will probably have to do research to create the argument. You may also need to change the visual images or pictures from the original add (feel free to use pictures from whatever source you like….just be sure that the images you choose do not have any manipulative rhetorical effect on the audience.). The goal of the new ad should be to present an argument, not to persuade! Scan your new ad, save it as a PDF and send it as an attachment, or create your new ad on your computer, save it as a PDF, and attach it to your assignment. You can earn anywhere up to 25 points, depending on the quality of the argument in the new ad, and the quality of the ad itself.

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26 August 2015

Aparticular incident or encounter in your life that in one way or another illustrates a stage of growing up (at any age) or of personal development. You may focus on one specific experience or on a sequence of specific experiences
Narrative Essay
This assignment will give you practice in composing a narrative essay based on personal experience. Narration is one of the most common types of writing assignments–and not only in freshman composition courses. Many employers as well as graduate and professional schools will ask you to submit a personal essay(sometimes called a personal statement) before even considering you for an interview. Being able to compose a coherent version of yourself  is clearly a valuable skill.
Assignment:
Write an account of a particular incident or encounter in your life that in one way or another illustrates a stage of growing up (at any age) or of personal development. You may focus on one specific experience or on a sequence of specific experiences. The purpose of this essay is to shape and interpret a particular incident or encounter so that readers may recognize some connection between your experiences and their own. Your approach may be either humorous or serious–or somewhere in between. Consider the guidelines and suggestions that follow.
In each of the essays we read for this assignment, the author recounts and attempts to interpret a personal experience. Read these essays for ideas on how you might develop and organize the details of your own experience.
Composing Strategies
Once you have settled on a topic for your paper (see Topic Suggestions, below), write in your Writer’s Notebook  anything and everything you can think of concerning the subject. Make lists, free write, brainstorm. In other words, generate lots of material to begin with. Later you can cut, shape, revise, and edit.
Drafting. Keep in mind your purpose for writing: the ideas and impressions that you want to convey, the particular traits you want to emphasize. Provide specific details that serve to satisfy your purpose.
Organizing.Although most of your essay will probably be united by a narrative line (that is, related moment by moment in time), make sure that you complement this narrative (at the beginning, at the end, and/or along the way) with interpretive commentary–your explanations of the meaning of the experience.
Revising. Keep your readers in mind. This is a “personal” essay in the sense that the information it contains is drawn from your own experience or at least filtered through your own observations. However, it's not a private essay–one written only for yourself or for close acquaintances. You're writing for a general audience of intelligent adults–say, your peers in a composition class.
The challenge is to write an essay that is not only interesting (vivid, precise, well-constructed) but also intellectually and emotionally inviting. Put simply, you want your readers to identify in some fashion with the people, places, and incidents that you describe.
Editing.Except when you're deliberately mimicking nonstandardspeech in quoted dialogue (and even then, don't overdo it), you should write your essay in correct, standard English. You may write to inform, move, or entertain your readers–but don't try to impress them. Cut out any precious writing, useless adjectives and adverbs, and wordy expressions.
Don't spend a lot of time telling how you feel or how you felt; instead, show. That is, provide the sort of specific details that will invite your readers to respond directly to your experience. Finally, save enough time to proofreadcarefully. Don't let surface errors distract the reader and undermine your hard work.
After you write your essay, answer these questions in your Writer’s Notebook and provide a brief self-evaluation by responding as specifically as you can to these four questions:
  1. What part of writing this essay took the most time?
  2. What is the most significant difference between your first draft and this final version?
  3. What do you think is the best part of your paper, and why?
  4. What part of this paper could still be improved?
Topic Suggestions
·         We have all had experiences that have changed the directions of our lives. Such experiences may be momentous, such as moving from one part of the country to another or losing a family member or close friend. On the other hand, they may be experiences that did not appear particularly significant at the time but have since proved to be important. Recall such a turning point in your life, and present it so as to give the reader a sense of what your life was like before the event and how it changed afterward.

·         Without getting too sentimental or cute, recreate your childhood perspective of a particular family or community ritual. Your purpose might be to highlight the division between the child's perspective and the adult's, or it might be to illustrate the child's movement toward an adult perspective.


·         Sometimes a significant relationship with someone can help us to mature, easily or painfully. Recount the story of such a relationship in your own life or in the life of someone you know well. If this relationship marked a turning point in your life or if it provided you with an important change of self-image, present enough information so that readers can understand the causes and effects of the change and can recognize the before-and-after portraits.

·         Write a reminiscence of a place that has had considerable significance for you (either during your childhood or more recently)–positive, negative, or both. For readers who are unfamiliar with the place, demonstrate its meaning through description, a series of vignettes, and/or an account of one or two key people or events you associate with that place.


·         In the spirit of the familiar saying, “It's the going, not the getting there, that matters,” write an account of a memorable journey, important either because of the physical, emotional, or psychological experience of travel; or because of the phenomenon of leaving your safe zone for an unknown experience.



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26 August 2015

Has the course changed the way you listen to musicPaper instructions:
Has the course changed the way you listen to music? Has it altered your tastes in music? Has it advanced your understanding regarding our need for music or the uses of music? Your comments are appreciated. Please respond to at least two of your classmate's posts.

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26 August 2015

Describe how King George’s self-concept was influenced by the four factors that feed into one’s self concept.
The movie The King’s Speech is perfect for this assignment.  You need to write two pages (double spaced), but feel free to write more. 
            First page:  Describe how King George’s self-concept was influenced by the four factors that feed into one’s self concept.  Format this page as four short paragraphs on each distinct area (peers, self, significant others, culture).
            Second page:  Describe a couple of examples of feedback and a couple examples of self-disclosure.  Be very specific. I need to be able to clearly read how information moved from a blind area to an open area (feedback) and how information moved from a hidden area to an open area (self-disclosure).  You can pick any character in the movie.

HERE IS THE MOVIE LINK


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