Ideas explained by Carr’s and Goldsmith’s articles
Ideas explained by Carr’s and Goldsmith’s articles.Purpose (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.: For this first essay, we will look at multiple works in relation to each other. This essay is designed to lay the groundwork for the rest of the essay cycle by creating a conversation between yourself, your classmates, and the authors of the readings assigned in class. The resulting conversation will allow you to explore and develop a significant question that you will use as the basis of your own argumentative essay. To do this, you must first clearly understand each article’s argument and the author’s motivations for writing the argument.
Prompt: Below are two options you may use for this essay. Please choose one option and write a one-to-two page essay following the instructions listed under that option. Whatever option you choose, you must include a brief summary of each article’s main argument or thesis as an introduction to provide context for the rest of your essay. Remember, this is not an argumentative essay.
Option 1: Choose a two-to-three sentence passage from each of the two readings (Carr (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and Goldsmith (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) that you find particularly intriguing—one that you strongly agree or disagree with, for example. Write a response to each passage in which you first explain what the passage means (summarize it in your own words) then explain why it interests you. This does not have to be an “I agree” or “I disagree” type of response (although you may discuss it in that way); but it should also explain why and how these points/ideas/concepts/
Option 2: Write a response in which you show how the two readings we have done (Carr (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. andGoldsmith (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) are in conversation with one another. Even though they don’t explicitly refer to each other, both readings engage with similar topics within a larger debate. Write about how the readings show different sides of an issue, agree with or support one another, or take the same issue in different directions. You could also write about how the ideas, concepts, or arguments in one reading influenced the way you read and thought about the other reading.
Formatting: The Reading Analysis essay should be 1-2 pages in length (1 full page minimum), double-spaced with 1” margins and written in 12-point Times New Roman font. Your identifying information should be located on the top left of the first page; the title should be centered below this. Include a works cited page in MLA style. Consult the Purdue Owl website for any formatting or citation questions: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.