Essay 2 Assignment Instructions (See below for Essay 2 Reflection Instructions)
This assignment requires you to critically examine the similarities, differences, or both between two subjects.
Topic/Thesis/points of comparison for Essay 2 are due by Sunday, June 13, 2021. These should be submitted as a Journal using the link in Module 2. The instructions for submission are on page 6 of Module 2. This portion of the assignment is crucial to making sure you are on track prior to writing your essay.
Topics (Choose ONE of the following):
1. A stereotype is a fixed, oversimplified belief or opinion about a person or a group of people, which is often erroneous and damaging. Create an essay where you compare/contrast reality with perceived stereotypes of ONE of the following: gender, culture, ethnicity or religion. Incorporate support that shows how these stereotypes may be perpetuated through the media (for example, movies, TV shows and commercials, music lyrics/videos, memes and so forth).
2. The way a group of people is portrayed on a particular television series is often exaggerated or dramatized in comparison to real life. Some examples might be married couples, mothers, fathers (including single mothers or single fathers), traditional or alternative families, doctors, police officers, lawyers, computer “geeks,” firefighters, forensic technicians, teenagers, etc.). Choose a television series and explain the similarities and differences between how a particular group is portrayed on the show and what that group of people (or type of person) is like in real life. The difference between this topic and topic #1 is that here you are not choosing stereotypes of a marginalized group but rather characteristics of a fictional representation and real life.
3. Compare and contrast online courses versus in-person, traditional face-to-face classes.
For this topic, you may wish to limit your scope to asynchronous online courses or you may wish to include synchronous remote classes (where students and instructors have regular class meetings via an online platform such as Zoom).
4. Choose a current issue such as voting rights, civil rights for a marginalized group (such as LGBTQ+ or undocumented immigrants), reproductive care, or approaches to economic growth, social welfare, or climate change. Compare and contrast two different perspectives on the issue you choose. These perspectives can be based in political ideology, but the perspectives do NOT have to align with a particular political party (especially in the US). If you have lived in a country other than the United States, one of your two topics may address how the issue is perceived in your home country. For the purposes of this assignment, the essay should NOT take a side, but rather it should present each perspective in an objective and analytical way.
5. The approach US Presidents take to the major issues of the day differ greatly from administration to administration. These issues included the economy, taxes, foreign policy, domestic policy, immigration, infrastructure and social issues. Choose two US Presidents from the past 100 years to compare on three issues of the day; at least one President has to be within the last 30 years, and there has to be some similar context (such as dealing with war or some other catastrophe) that both men share.
Content Requirements Your essay should include the following:
• an engaging, relevant introductory paragraph with a thesis statement. Your thesis statement should identify the subjects that will be compared or contrasted, clearly indicate if the focus will be on similarities, differences, or both, and state the main point of the comparison. Your thesis is an assertion concerning the two subjects chosen for your essay, indicating the specific significant difference between the two and the major divisions of your essay.
You may use this format for your thesis: Although A and B are (similar in some way or ways), A (is in some particular way different than or superior to) B because of (major criteria: the divisions of your essay).
• body paragraphs that are organized using either the Point-by-point or Subject-by-subject model. The topic sentence for each paragraph should clearly indicate the point of comparison you are focusing on in that paragraph. Balance is important in comparison/contrast, which means your coverage of points for each topic should be fairly similar in length and depth.
• at least three properly cited paraphrases or quotations must be distributed over at least two body
paragraphs (See Essay 1 for how to incorporate these.). At least two outside sources must be used. Sources do not have to be “academic,” but they MUST be reliable (see table and information below under Source Evaluation). Please do not use quoted or paraphrased material in your introduction or conclusion!
• transitions that show comparison or contrast and add cohesiveness to your body paragraphs. Some
examples include: also, in the same manner, similarly, likewise, but, however, on the other hand, in contrast, nevertheless, still, even though, on the contrary, yet, although.
• a compelling concluding paragraph. One important thing to keep in mind when writing your conclusion
is that your comparison has to have some larger implication for your audience other than just saying, “here are the similarities and here are the differences.” Ask yourself why does this comparison matter? (i.e. “So What?”) You do not [as writers] have to force a point on the reader, but you do have to at least lead us to think about something meaningful—that at least slightly transcends your immediate topic.