Paper #2: Family, or Privilege and Discrimination

English 101

Draft Due:
Monday, February 14th
Revised Paper Due:
Monday, February 21st (in folder, include Paper #2, paper #1, and corrections for Paper #1 paper-clipped to final version of Paper #1)
3 pages

        For your second paper, you should develop an argument about the family, or about privilege and discrimination. Your paper can focus on any aspect of these topics that we've discussed in class, or an aspect that we haven't addressed but you think we should address. As for the first paper, your goal is to create a persuasive argument in support of your position. A persuasive argument, remember, requires the following:

1. A thesis claim. Your thesis should take a defensible, even contestable, position on the topic. Your goal is argue your ideas about your topic, not just report facts about it. (Hint: If it's possible to argue the opposite of your thesis claim, then you have a contestable thesis.)

2. Support. To persuade your readers to your position, you will need to provide some evidence to support your thesis claim. For this second paper, you must use more than one source, and at least one must be from a critical essay from our anthology Rereading America or a reading from the Class Pack. You can draw your evidence, then, from your own experience, our readings for class, your classmates' contributions to discussion, and other appropriate sources, including information available through electronic resources (databases) in the library like InfoTrack or Lexis-Nexis. You can also use the Internet, but you must complete the "Checklist for Evaluating Web Pages" handout if you use a web page other than one from a database for your support.

3. Analysis and explanation of evidence. Don't forget to explain for your reader how your evidence supports your thesis claim.

        Remember to provide a brief introduction and conclusion to your argument, and a "Works Cited" page so your readers know where you are getting your support. The Bedford Handbook has some pointers on the form for an argumentative essay, about paragraph organization, or about grammar and punctuation. It might be a good idea to do your "corrections" for Paper #1 before you submit your Paper #2, so you don't repeat previous errors. If you have any questions about what's expected for this assignment or about my comments on your previous paper, please ask.

        If you have questions at any point in the writing process, please make an appointment (after class or over email) to see me during office hours (M-Th 3:00-4:15 p.m.) or at another time, so we can discuss your concerns and improve your writing. The College Writing Lab (216 Education Center) is also an excellent resource. Their hours are: 9 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 12 noon, Fridays.