Write a 3-5 page essay (double spaced, 12 pt font) in which you include the following:
Title: Your essay should begin with a title that gives readers a sense of the essay topic, and is unique to YOUR essay.
Introduction: Lead us into the essay by giving us some context for what you will be writing about! Think about including an attention grabbing statement (also called a “hook” sometimes), a few sentences of context, and then a sentence expressing the central point you will be writing about in the essay.
Part I: What was the “single story” of education that you understood when growing up? What did you assume the purpose of education was? (This section should be about 1-1.5 pages long.)
Part II: Now that you’re in college, what do you see as the purpose of higher education? In this middle section, you are required to use ideas from at LEAST ONE of the required texts we read for this section of class. You must use MLA in-text citations for material that you use from sources in your essay. (This section should be about 2 pages long.)
Dr. Duncan-Andrade’s video “Schooling vs. Education”
Bell Hooks’ essay “Democratic Education”
Clint Smith’s Spoken Word performance “The Danger of Silence”
Audre Lorde’s essay “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action”
Part III: In what ways do you plan to advocate (speak up and take action) so that you get what you want from your higher education journey? What fears do you have about speaking up for yourself, and what are ways you can work to counter that fear? (This section should be at least 1 page long.)
Conclusion: Part III of the essay might naturally lead into your conclusion. Remember, the conclusion always needs to address the readers “so what?” question. Why does education matter? Why does student self-advocacy (speaking up and acting on your own behalf) matter?
Works Cited page: After your essay, please include a Works Cited page. You’ll have “Works Cited” as the title at the top of the page. Then, you’ll include an MLA citation for all sources that you refer to in your essay.
Tips for Success:
Title: Did you provide a unique title for your essay?
Introduction: Did you lead us into your essay with a short paragraph? Did you include an attention-getter (“hook”), context, and your central claim?
Part I: Did you clearly explain what you understood the purpose of education to be when you were younger? Did you talk about how you came to understand the goals of education (Was it assumptions? Where there specific things you were told by parents, teacher, or friends about what school was for?)
Part II: Do you write about what you think the purpose of higher education is now that you’re in college? Did you explain and include ideas from at LEAST one of the text we read/watched on this topic? Do you use in-text citations for all source material?
Part III: Did you clearly explain how you plan to advocate for your own education? Did you talk about strategies you might use to counter fears you may have about speaking up on your own behalf?
Conclusion: Did you answer the “so what?” question? Why does education matter? Why does it matter if students speak up?
Works Cited page: Did you include a Works Cited page with MLA citations for any sources you refer to in the essay?
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