Writing from scratch

Each student should choose ONE article, from one of the sources below, to
use as the basis for an essay that compares and/or contrasts with a topic
discussed in class during the course of the semester.

www. cnn.com
www.foxnews.com
www.msnbc.com
New York Times/Washington Post also permitted

Paper Structure:

Introductory Paragraph: States the topic of your paper, the title of the article, the author’s name, the
date of publication and where you located the article.

Example, “Women have suffered as subordinates to men for many years, even
in matters of religion. In a September 15, 2012 Fox News article
titled, “Women: Have They Really Advanced?,” author John Smith
discusses the modern roles of women….
Paragraph One: Summarize, on one paragraph, the primary points of the article you chose.
Be sure to highlight those parts of the article that best connect with your topic.

Paragraph Two-Four These paragraphs should include a discussion of the HISTORICAL subject that
you are connecting to the article. For example, based on the example above
(women and religion) you might discuss women in the Ten Commandments, etc.
YOU MAY ONLY USE ONE EXAMPLE FROM CLASS NOTES. AT
LEAST TWO EXAMPLES (2 PARAGRAPHS) MUST BE BASED ON
CLASS READINGS.

Paragraph 5 Conclusion. State what you learned, restate your thesis.
Citations: Any time that you state information in an essay, you must state where
you acquired the knowledge that you shared.

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