Essay 1: Exposition Length: 700 words minimum Point Value: 200 Peer Review Date: Feb. 6 Due Date: Feb. 11

Essay 1: Exposition
Length: 700 words minimum
Point Value: 200
Peer Review Date: Feb. 6

Due Date:
Feb. 11

Assignment Objectives
Students’ essays should 1) have a thesis statement that directly makes a claim about what the text they are analyzing communicates and why, 2) use specific, detailed examples from the text to support that claim and the reasons why, and 3) summarize, paraphrase, and quote from the text adequately to complete the task.
This essay will ask you to choose a single text from a provided list and write an exposition of it. Exposition is the act of explaining what a text says and how it says it, and how it attempts to persuade or influence its readers, viewers, or participants. Practicing this kind of assignment can help you understand how texts of all varieties attempt to persuade you, from scholarly articles to advertisements to posts on social media.
Write an essay that presents your explanation of how the text you have chosen works to influence its readers. Make sure to focus more on how the piece works than on summarizing what it says. You may choose any one of the following texts:
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
by Peggy McIntosh
The Importance of Danny Green by Micah Wimmer
A Neuroscientist Uncovers a Dark Secret
by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Black Panther Is Not the Movie We Deserve by Christopher Lebron
For 50 Years, Nuclear Bomb Lost in Watery Grave
by Liane Hansen and Guy Raz
Consider the Lobster
by David Foster Wallace
The Amazon Cannot Be Recovered Once Its Gone
by Robinson Meyer
The Sad, Beautiful Fact That Were All Going to Miss Almost Everything
by Linda Holmes
How David Stern Navigated Race In the NBA
by Harvey Araton
10 Reasons Why Slavery Should Not Be Abolished
by Robert Higgs
Making the Vaccine Decision
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Queen and Slim Is Not For Black People
by Court Danee
8 Reasons Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized by Tom Head
More Effective Treatment Strategies Possible for Black Adolescents Dealing with Depression Says Rutgers–Camden Research
by Tom McLaughlin
Perseverance Is a Major Key to a Life of Success,
Mohammed Bilal Shahid
Seahawks Josh Gordon Is Suspended Indefinitely by Ken Belson
Rhetorical Situation
Assume the audience for this essay is academic—your professor and peers in the classroom.
Do I need a works cited page?
Yes. Because you will be quoting, paraphrase, and summarizing from a source, you will need to parenthetically cite it when you use it in your essay and include an MLA works cited page with an entry for source. Please ask if you have questions regarding citation, and remember that all essays will go through the Turnitin Originality Check in the D2L Dropbox.


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