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Overview The first writing assignment is rather prescriptive, but you can still be imaginative in your approach. Open the files in Module 1 to read and annotate each of the three essays: (1) “American Paranoid Policing” by Ta Nehisi Coates (Atlantic Monthly 2015). (2) “We Have to Talk About Systemic Change” by Angela Davis, an interview with Frank Barat in Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Chapter 3, (p. 30-34), December 10, 2014). (3) “Identifying White Privilege” by Jennifer Simpson (print). The reading assignments are of a genre (a kind), from journalism, normally from an article in a magazine or journal, an opinion column in a newspaper on the editorial page, or a chapter from a book. Although their styles are somewhat informal (not academic), the authors are still making arguments about a current issue. (An issue is a solution to a problem that not everyone agrees on, such as how some people do not agree that wearing a mask is a way to prevent the spread of a virus while others seem to think it is a political statement). Key Concept What is a guiding purpose? The guiding purpose solves the problem of organization. For example, the authors reveal their guiding purposes by the length and order of content in the paragraphs: the content included and excluded, order and choice of ideas, the words and images in the sentences, and finally the richness (details and complexity) of the illustration. Everything that makes the piece of writing what it is guides the writer’s purpose.

Reading Tasks Instructions: Read and annotate all three articles posted above so that you can identify, analyze, and explain the one guiding purpose the authors have in common. Assume that each of these authors has a common guiding purposeand decide how to state what that guiding purpose is. Again, a good way to discover the guiding purpose is to look for ways that the authors organize their texts, i.e., the themes they use, the tone of the language, the length of the text, and so forth. Introduce the authors and explain the guiding purpose they all expose. What is it? As you read, annotate as much as you can to create markers in the text. Once you have marked up the text, you should be able to put it all together into a complete sentence that tells the purpose, one that you can claim the authors share. This statement will be thesis of your report. What evidence do you have to back up your claim on their guiding purpose? It is not necessary to give a personal or first-hand example in your paragraph from your experience. Evidence can be presented as example(s), paraphrases, and short quotes. Instead, introduce the evidence that the authors use, such as examples that support or reveal their purpose. Writing Instructions on how to submit the final version of this assignment: Use your introductory sentence patterns for authors, titles, quotations and paraphrases to plan, produce, and review a draft in a file from your computer. You should plan on reading and reviewing your draft and the authors’ arguments until you can boil down what they are trying to accomplish (the purpose) with their readers. Then be able to show evidence on why you believe that there is a common purpose among the authors (your thesis), especially reasons and examples that support your thesis.

Read, annotate and organize your reading of the essays with an eye toward the authors’ purposes many notes Write a trial thesis on what you think the authors’ common guiding purpose is. Use an outline or a map to plan the order of paragraphs that support your thesis. Write the paragraphs, keep reviewing, reorganizing, and revise; edit your essay until you are satisfied that you have completed the assignment. To conclude your report, write one good paragraph on why the authors’ arguments are relevant nowadays to you and others. Once you have reviewed, revised and rewritten your essay and are ready to turn it in, click on “Assignments” on the in the Notifications list. To upload your file into the Assignments window, click the Choose File button. The folder on your computer appears. To choose the essay file in the folder, click on the name of the file. The file should appear in the Assignments window. At the bottom of the window, click the Submit AssignmentButton [Choose, or Browse button (depending on your browser).] If you have access to upload a file from Google Drive, you can submit a Google file by clicking the Google Doc tab.

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