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ENGL100 - Sanchez - Fall 2021: Essay 2 (Persuasive)

For students in English 100 with Yvonne De La Cruz Sanchez in Spring 2021 with a focus on Essay 2


Essay 2: Seeking Change in Our Communities


In a persuasive essay, with an introduction, approx. four body paragraphs, an opposition paragraph, a rebuttal paragraph, and a conclusion, please assert your position regarding the following question: what are the most effective ways for someone to take a stand for something they believe in? Your answer to this question will be your thesis statement.

In the topic for your thesis, be sure to note what kind of action can help someone to take a stand, and in your reasoning, state how this action enables them to take a stand. Within argumentation, we must remember that there are always opposing points of view, and we’ll need to address this within the essay.

Your answer to this question (your thesis) needs to be arguable, so it is important to consider what the opposition may say against it. Please extract quoted material or paraphrase examples from at least two of the following Unit 2 materials:

  • On a Knife Edge by director Jeremy Williams
  • “Today, You’re a Black Revolutionary” by Jade Jones
  • Stonewall Forever by director Ro Haber
  • “I am Joaquin/Yo Soy Joaquin” by Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales
  • “What I Will” or “break(clustered)” by Suheir Hammad
Due Dates

Thesis Statement is due Thursday, 3/4 by 11:59pm

Essay Outline is due Monday, 3/8 by 11:59pm

Rough draft is due Thursday, 3/11 by 11:59pm

Peer Reviews due Monday, 3/15 by 11:59pm

Final Draft is due Thursday, 3/18 by 11:59pm

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Step One: Familiarize Yourself With Your Subject

Begin your project by doing some background reading on your topic. Preliminary reading helps you:

  • achieve a basic understanding of your problem
  • begin to identify interesting specific questions that will form the backbone of your research; and
  • start to acquire vital search terms you need in order to explore your subject more fully. 

Here are some reference books and specialized encyclopedias that are contained in the Gale and EBSCO eBook databases. 

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Step Two: Find, Read, and Reflect on Your Sources

Find sources on the topics that you identified in Step 1.

  • Do a comprehensive search utilizing all the sources below; leave no stone unturned
  • Print/save/email the sources you find as you go to avoid backtracking
  • Read your sources several times, highlighting relevant information and making notes as you go.
  • If you find sources that will help others in your team, SHARE THEM.
  • If you have trouble finding the appropriate type or number of sources: MEET WITH A RESEARCH LIBRARIAN

Step Three: Start Writing a Draft

  • Make an appointment with Writing Center staff at least once. They will help you get started, proceed, and/or finish. This is a free service that you should always utilize to maximize your success.
  • Utilize the MJC Library & Learning Center's FORMAT & CITE page to aid with MLA. A research librarian can provide face-to-face assistance with formatting and citing as well. 

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