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1. Essay Requirements Write 800 to 1,000 word essay, 12 point font, using common font style. You must quote from at least one essays from the textbook Everyone’s an Author 3rd edition. All sources must be listed in the MLA works cited page. Make sure you use MLA in-text citation, which includes the page numbers for essays from the textbook. Use the “works from an anthology” works cited example from the textbook on page 557 in Everyone’s an Author 2. Written Prompt Text messaging, the internet, social media, and other modern technologies have dramatically changed the way people communicate, especially since the onset of Covid-19 and the resulting “Stay at Home” orders. How has the virus, a massive environmental crisis, changed the way people communicate between friends, relatives, colleagues and professors/teachers? What lasting changes might stay in place after the virus restrictions are lifted? Will these changes eventually lead to a better society or do you think it will be impact society negatively? .3. Essays to be Used From Textbook The following works may be used for this option: Essay available only in 3rd edition: “World and Screen” by Nicholas Carr (875 3rd edition) “Emoji Are Ruining Grasp of English, Says Dumbest Language of the Week” by Geoffrey Pullum (1011 3rd edition) “The Internet Is Not Ruining Grammar” by Jessica Wildfire (1093 3rd edition) “To Siri, with Love” by Judith Newman (981 3rd edition)4. Possible Online Sources Online Sources: If you cannot access the print versions: “If you can quit social media, but don’t, then you’re part of the problem, Jaron Lanier says” by Eric Johnson in Vox Recode “Why FaceBook can’t fix itself” by Andrew Marantz in The New Yorker magazine “How ‘Zoom Fatigue’ Impacts Communication with Students” by Tim Walker in the NEA news. “x” by Kate Conger and Erin Griffith in The New York Times newspaper 5. Additional Textbook Readings From Everyone’s an Author Part III: “Arguing a position / ‘This Is Where I Stand'” pp. 116 – 136 Part V: “Research” — Synthesizing Ideas / Moving form What Your Sources Say to What You Say” pp. 505 – 510. 7. Synthesis Essay Rubric Proper format with name, class information, essay title in correct position (10%) Proper essay structure with introduction, multiple supporting paragraphs and a conclusion that logically flows from one idea to the next (10%) Proper thesis statement that contains an argument, points out specific reasons why that argument is important, and a significance to be explored in the essay (15%) Proper topic sentences to start off each paragraph. This topic sentence should provide your reader a direction that you will explore in that paragraph (5%) Proper introduction and integration of quote (5%). Proper use of in-text citation (5%) Proper transitions from one paragraph to the next (5%) Proper conclusion that ties in a greater idea for why you wrote the essay (5%) You avoided not over summarizing the essay and brought in insightful content and ideas in a creative way to the essay (20%) Works Cited Page formatted properly (20%). Study Guide For Thesis Statement, Paragraph Development and Works Cited Page.1. Outline Template. 1. Outline Template You can recreate this outline to fit your essay needs: Essay Outline Template I. Introduction A. Introductory statement _______________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Thesis statement: __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Body First Supporting Idea (T opic Sentence): _________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________1. ______________________________________________________2. ______________________________________________________3. Second Supporting Idea (T opic Sentence): _______________________ ____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________1. ______________________________________________________2. ______________________________________________________3. Third Supporting Idea (Topic Sentence): ____________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________1. ______________________________________________________2. ______________________________________________________3. Conclusion Closing statement____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Reworded thesis:_____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ 2. Thesis Statement Developing a Thesis Statement Brainstorming is highly important in the process of developing a thesis statement. Through brainstorming and keeping an open mind, ideas not initially thought about can come to the surface. Here are the questions we explored through our brainstorming activity: 1). What is it about the essays that interests you? Write out three or four thoughts. 2). What else do you want to know about the essays? This will lead you to ideas about what you might want to include in your own personal research and argument. 3). What do you think the author of the work is saying? This helps with your analysis and to avoid misreading or misunderstanding the author. It also helps develop stronger reading skills so you can apply more accurate responses. 4). Do you agree with the author’s logic? If so, or if not, why? 5). What are your opinions of the author’s message? Even if you find the author’s logical construction well developed, perhaps you have a different opinion. Or, perhaps you can see a common ground between the author’s argument and a popular belief. When we craft our arguments, we will want to back up all of our assertions with evidence that has been vetted and accurate. 6). What Aristotelian Appeals did the author use (Logos, Ethos, Pathos). Remember, these concepts work in concert with each other but often author’s heavily rely one of the rhetorical devices. After you spend time answering the questions above, then please work through the next set of questions to help develop your thesis statement. Go through your answers in the above list of questions to find a thread or common idea that appears in more than one essay. You should start to see a possible thesis statement emerge. It is better to discover your thesis statement from information found in the essays I have assigned, then to come up with a random thesis statement and then hunt for support. You might not find the support in the assignment essays. If you are looking for a thesis statement template, here are some guidelines to follow: 1) Did you take a distinct position on my topic? 2) Is the position taken debatable? (Can a reasonable person argue with your position?) A thesis statement should have developed a claim. A claim is an opinion. *Please note that we will note be using the first person “I” in this essay. **Nor shall we use the second person voice “you” in this essay. 3) Have you narrowed the topic so you can adequately explore and develop your ideas in the allotted pages declared in the assignment. (This is a 600 to 800 word essay, so it is short. Therefore, do not be too broad or you will not have room to answer all the categories. It is better to be more specific and state three or four reasons why you think your thesis claim is right.) 4) The three or four reasons you list in your thesis state will provide a “road map” for the direction of the essay so your readers can anticipate development of your essay. Three (OR MORE) REASONS: The “three or more reasons” approach can be an extremely effective method of development. You simply state your thesis, then offer reasons why the statement is true, supported by evidence from your sources. You can advance as many reasons for the truth of your thesis as needed; but save the most important reason(s) for last because the end of the paper is what will remain most clearly in the reader’s mind. 3. Examples of Thesis Statements The following are students examples of opening paragraphs. The thesis statement appear in the last line of the opening paragraphs. However, please note that their introductions build to their declarative thesis. Also note that they have strong opinions without the use of the first person “I.” Synthesis Argument Essay The United States has recently begun a new period in its history with a vast shift in the social landscape throughout the nation. Various beliefs in supremacy and “American Exceptionalism” have begun a new resurgence in modern society. Social issues have once again risen to great controversy and importance in the political and social sphere of the United States. A belief in American Exceptionalism has perpetuated a subconscious ideal in United States society through a belief in superiority over various minority groups. Over time, this ideal has fluctuated but has entered a new era of resurgence potentially leading to an increased level of institutional and systemic racism in the United States as an adverse effect. Analysis of a movie: How can a movie demonstrate a true-life lesson? In the movie Finding Nemo, the author Andrew Staton depicts the importance of the buddy system in real life. The buddy system is where one person has a friend with them at all times.In the movie Finding Nemo, Staton uses the life of a fish named Nemo to show how some people wander off or just lose their way, if not for the benefit of a buddy. Analysis Essay Close your eyes and take a deep breath. The time has finally come, to have one of the most difficult and uncomfortable conversations you will ever experience. In the essay, “The Talk: After Ferguson, a Shaded Conversation about Race,” Canedy reflects on a discussion she had with her son Jordan about how to govern himself in the presence of law enforcement. She fervently writes to enlighten other races on the profound importance of “the talk” in every African American household. Canedy works to make this clear by examining why her son is apprehensive to embrace his identity as an African American male, deciding when is the right time for “the talk,” and reflecting on what impact denying his true self would have. 4. Academic Paragraph Typical Outline for an Essay Introduction (possible information to include) Point out name of author, title of writing being analyzed, date it was published, and a brief summary (Précis) of the work. The last line of the introduction should be the thesis statement. Academic Paragraphs (possible organizational format) Each paragraph should develop a claim of its own. This claim should point back to the thesis statement. This claim can be considered a topic sentence. You will support this claim with evidence from the text or an outside source. Evidence can take the form as a direct quote, a paraphrase, or graphic. This should come in the middle of the paragraph. All sources need proper introductions. After you have presented your evidence, you will need to analyze it and show how it backs up your idea in the paragraph. It should also advance your thesis statement. Conclude your paragraph with a transition to your next idea. Student Example: In online courses, the instructors are the school’s best defenders against plagiarism. Students agree to adhere to the student code of conduct, which prohibits plagiarism. When a student decides to plagiarize, they only worry about being caught by their instructor. Professor David A. Hoekema writes that professors “hold themselves responsible for preparing engaging lectures, setting challenging assignments, and keeping their own intellects continually sharpened” (404). Hoekema implies that instructors have a vested interest in spotting plagiarism, so if a student is able to get away with plagiarism it will reflect poorly on the instructor and ultimately on the institution. Source material for students to copy from on the internet is abundant, but instructors have access to the same sources, and also the course material and surrounding research (Ryan 447). Instructors also have access to technically advanced tools, specifically designed for catching plagiarized material. Most students are scared to attempt plagiarism, let alone succeed, so instructors have few excuses for not catching plagiarized papers. When a student successfully plagiarizes, they will most likely attempt to plagiarize again, increasing the likelihood they will be caught, and inflicting untold amounts of damage. Therefore, online instructors need to be diligent in their efforts to stop plagiarism and they need to be held responsible for identifying plagiarized material in order to protect their own self-interest and the school’s reputation. 5. Works Cited Examples Quick Reference Sheet from Owl Purdue Writing Center Book with One Author Example of Single Author of Book Anthology or Collection (e.g. Collection of Essays) To cite the entire anthology or collection, list by editor(s) followed by a comma and “editor” or, for multiple editors, “editors.” This sort of entry is somewhat rare. If you are citing a particular piece within an anthology or collection (more common), see A Work in an Anthology, Reference, or Collection below. Works Cited Example ****A Work in an Anthology (our textbook!), Reference, or Collection You this example for essays from our textbook, Everyone’s an Author. Works may include an essay in an edited collection or anthology, or a chapter of a book. The basic form is for this sort of citation is as follows: Last name, First name. “Title of Essay.” Title of Collection, edited by Editor’s Name(s), Publisher, Year, Page range of entry. Here is an example: Works Cited Example from an essay out of an Anthology Article in a Newspaper Cite a newspaper article as you would a magazine article, but note the different pagination in a newspaper. If there is more than one edition available for that date (as in an early and late edition of a newspaper), identify the edition after the article title. [If you add the url and the access date, you have the electronic citation] Works Cited Double Space and Hanging Indent example If the newspaper is a less well-known or local publication, include the city name in brackets after the title of the newspaper. Newspaper Works Cited Example A Page on a Web Site For an individual page on a Web site, list the author or alias if known, followed by the information covered above for entire Web sites. If the publisher is the same as the website name, only list it once. “Athlete’s Foot – Topic Overview.” WebMD, 25 Sept. 2014, Example of a Work from a Website An Article in a Web Magazine Provide the author name, article name in quotation marks, title of the web magazine in italics, publisher name, publication date, URL, and the date of access. Example of An Article in a Web Magazine An Article in an Online Scholarly Journal For all online scholarly journals, provide the author(s) name(s), the name of the article in quotation marks, the title of the publication in italics, all volume and issue numbers, and the year of publication. Include a URL, DOI, or permalink to help readers locate the source. Article in an Online-only Scholarly Journal MLA requires a page range for articles that appear in Scholarly Journals. If the journal you are citing appears exclusively in an online format (i.e. there is no corresponding print publication) that does not make use of page numbers, indicate the URL or other location information. Example of Article in an Online-only Scholarly Journal 7. Works Cited Example Page


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