During our third unit, we will be discussing ideas regarding environmental wellbeing, including aspects of how taking care of our individual selves extends to caring for our communities and the world we live. Our discussions will address environmental issues, personal & community responsibility, and adaptation/perseverance.
The main source for Unit 3: Environmental Wellbeing is Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. Through this story, we will begin asking interesting questions regarding our personal responsibility of caring for ourselves and others, as well as our individual and collective responsibility to care for our communities and environment. These questions will drive the research for this final formal essay of the course.
For this assignment, please write a 2,000-word (5-6 pages) argument-based research essay that 1) provides an introduction to a problem, 2) summarizes that problem, 3) makes a judgment on that problem, and 4) presents a call to action.
The argument you present should focus an idea found in the graphic novel regarding any of the following
Just be sure that the topic you choose is something that is problem-based and might be solvable.
Begin your project by doing some background reading on your topic. Preliminary reading helps you do all the following:
You already have a pair of research questions to consider, as noted from the prompt:
Would it benefit or harm someone to become more altruistic or egoistic? (individual focus)
In what ways would being more altruistic or egoistic benefit society or harm it? (society focus)
Consider answering one or both of these questions as a single statement that is arguable.
Each citation in your list of works cited is composed of elements common to most works -- author, title, publication date, etc. These are called the MLA core elements. The core elements are assembled in a specific order as shown to the left.
Use the links below to see examples of source citations and practice using one of the templates.
If you don't find what you need below, check out the MLA's, Ask the MLA.