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Essay Assignments - AMERICAN HERITAGE 100 ESSAY ASSIGNMENTS...

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A MERICAN H ERITAGE 100 E SSAY A SSIGNMENTS A SSIGNMENT This semester, you will write four essays. The first three essays will give you practice constructing the various parts of an academic essay, and the fourth essay will give you another opportunity to practice those skills by constructing a full essay from beginning to end. Each essay will come with specific word limits. The essays are worth the following point totals: Essay #1: 10 points Essay #2: 20 points Essay #3: 50 points Essay #4: 70 points Together, the essay assignments are worth 150 points – as much as the final exam. You should, therefore, take each assignment very seriously. Due dates for each essay are listed in the course syllabus and in this document. Please pay careful attention to these dates, as the penalties for late work are severe. The grading rubrics the TAs will follow for each assignment are available on the American Heritage website. The essays you will write are not book reports or mere summaries of someone else’s position or 5-paragraph descriptive essays of the kind many of us wrote in high school. Instead, they should be essays in which you announce a thoughtful, compelling thesis and construct an effective college-level argument, using appropriate evidence and analysis to defend your position. Each essay should include the Honor Pledge (see the “Policies” section of the syllabus). Your first three essays will be drawn from one of the topic statements below, each of which touches on one or more key themes of the course. The statements are designed to be controversial – people of good will may agree or disagree with them, sometimes passionately. You should critically evaluate the topic you choose. Your goal is to construct a thoughtful, compelling, insightful argument about the topic. 1. Government action invariably means a loss of individual liberty. 2. When designing a government (or writing a constitution), you should never make optimistic assumptions about human nature. 3. An individual can achieve the greatest freedom only when bound to a community. 4. Inequality is a natural condition of human society, not a reason for government intervention.
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American Heritage 2 Specific instructions for each of the four essays can be found below. Please feel free to talk to your TA or professor about any questions at any stage of the writing process. Teaching students to develop arguments and communicate them clearly is one of the most important things they can do with their time! Office hours or individual appointments are always available for writing conferences. In addition, be sure to read Gordon Harvey’s “Elements of the Academic Essay” (available on the American Heritage website) for an overview of key terms that will be helpful as you write.
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American Heritage 3 E SSAY #1 For this essay, you will choose a topic from one of the four topic statements above, and you will formulate an effective introduction and thesis for a paper that deals with that topic. Your thesis
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