The Personal Essay | ENG 101 | Freshman Composition
Inquiry questions: What does it mean to me? What do I understand about this now that I didn’t understand then?
Prompt: Write a 2.5- to 3-page (double-spaced) personal essay that investigates the role that smartphone use plays in your daily life. For this first essay, you’re going to perform a social experiment… on yourself. You’ll go without your smartphone for one day and document the experience. Then, you’ll reflect on that experience in relation to your day-to-day smartphone use, and you’ll make some judgements about its role and value in your life. Continue reading
The Review Essay | ENG 101 | Freshman Composition
Inquiry questions: How good is it? What is its value?
Prompt: You will write a 3.5- to 4-page review essay for a technology (not a smartphone!) that claims to improve human life in some way. Develop and use a criteria for your evaluation, and include images, details, and facts to support your claims along with support from one of our TED Talks videos. “Technology” is a purposely broad term designed to give you great freedom in choosing your topic. Technology could be a device or a website or an application. Just a few examples: Amazon’s Alexa; Ford’s “active park assist”; Snapchat; Girl Scout cookie finder app; Couchsurfing.com; a cordless drill; Sketchup.com; Roomba; etc. Whatever subject you choose, you’ll need to experience that subject for yourself to the fullest extent possible (legally, ethically, practically). In other words, at a minimum you must have access to your subject. Not sure your topic meets the requirements? Email me your ideas for quick feedback. Continue reading
The Proposal | ENG 101 | Freshman Composition
Inquiry questions: What is the problem? What should be done?
Prompt: Work in pairs or groups of three, choose a community issue that matters to you. Generating data from a survey and drawing on facts from two local news articles, draft a 2.5- to 3-page proposal offering recommendations to a specific audience. Additionally, using Piktochart, create a 1-page, digital infographic to accompany your proposal that illustrates the data from your survey findings. Continue reading
The Ethnography Research Essay | ENG 101 | Freshman Composition
Inquiry Question: How do the people in a digitally-networked social group or culture see themselves in their world?
Assignment: Write a 7- to 8-page essay that uses digital field research (also called fieldwork) as the basis for an interpretation of how a digitally-networked subculture (that you don’t belong to) sees itself and others. This necessarily will be a limited picture, so it should focus on some aspect of the culture that emerges from your observations, one supported by scholarly research.