To use a debate in composition studies to assert a view that makes sense given what we have read and learned this semester. In addition, use the position you take to discuss how you have grown this semester as a learner and as a professional preparing to teach composition classes.
For this final culminating project of the semester, please do the following:
Read from the Chronicle of Higher Education:
- After reading what each author says, assess the perspectives of each and write an essay that analyzes the debate between them and that asserts why one view or the other (or even a synthesis view) is correct based on what you know from what we have learned this session.
In addition, use this articulation to describe
- What you have learned this semester
- What goals you set
- How you have grown as a learner and a professional interested in teaching writing and how you have been able to achieve your goals
- What in your background you were able to build upon, and
- How the work in the course has prepared you to understand and act upon what the course outcomes describe. Say what it is about your answer to the Teller-Hesse debate illustrates this learning and growth.
In articulating what you have to say, use the course readings from this session, our course interactions, and your own research to support your ideas.
- Because you will be using these outside sources, you will need to use MLA style to document them in your essay.
- Format the paper in MLA style as well. (See the information on MLA formatting at the Purdue OWL, including the sample MLA paper.)
Realize that the paper will have two sections:
- One will be an analysis of the debate between Teller and Hesse and the position you think makes sense
- The other should be a reflection on the semester, what you've learned, and how this learning contributes to being able to discuss the Teller-Hesse debate following the items in no. 3 above.
- Plan to write a three- to five-page, double-spaced, essay by the due date, August 6 by 11:59am EDT (note am, not pm).
The turn around for this paper is short and I know the above list includes a lot, so you may not be able to reach much depth in responding to the items, but do your best to make the essay as developed and clear as possible. Make especially sure, however, to write three full pages at least, and if you go beyond five, that will be fine.
Submitting the Paper
Submit the paper to this Assignment space by 11:59am on August 6. (I am going to set this deadline initially, and if more time is needed, you may have it by writing to me and proposing when you will have the paper in. It will need to be in by midnight to be counted. If it is not, unfortunately, a 0 will be recorded for the assignment primarily because we are at the end of the session and I need to be able to tabulate and record final grades.)
- The writer is able to write a three- to five-page paper using MLA documentation and formatted in MLA style
- The writer does a good job of summarizing the positions of each author
- The writer does a good job of assessing the positions of each author
- The writer does a good job of asserting his or her own position and supporting it with what he or she has learned this semester
- As the writer supports his or her position, he or she draws upon texts from the semester effectively
- As the writer supports his or her position, he or she is able to articulate well ideas associated with