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American Dreams Assignment #1: Personal Essay

“American dreams” exist on both a national and a local scale. You have been asked by your town’s historical preservation group to contribute an essay for a 100-year time capsule that describes your family’s own “American Dream.” Drawing on your

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Beauty Assignment #1: Primary Source Argument

Write an essay in which you make an argument about Edmund Burke’s definition of beauty. You should identify key passages and terms that you think are central to Burke’s definition and make an argument about how they work together to

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Creativity Assignment #1: Behind the “Eureka” Moment: An Analytical Narrative

Describe in vivid detail a moment in your life when you created something, and analyze your own creative process behind your innovation, addressing whether or not you experienced a “Eureka” moment. Like Tharp (“I Walk into a White Room”) and

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Food Assignment #2: The Curious History of Processed Food

Research at least three of the ingredients in a processed food item in your home and write a historical analysis of that product. This item can be anything from cereal to English muffins to a box of yellow rice or

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Literacy and Language Assignment #1: Identifying a “literacy narrative”

Using a text by ONE of the authors we have discussed so far [Frederick Douglass, Richard Rodriguez, or Mike Rose], identify and describe a few specific features of the author’s presentation of his experience that provide the grounds for labeling

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Memory Essay #1: The Concept of Social Memory

As a ranking member of the “Society for Mnemonic Studies,” you have been selected to submit an article to a popular yet intellectually critical publication (The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, etc.) in which you

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NYC: Assignment #1: Exploration of New York City through Text

Using the text as evidence, develop an arguable thesis by analyzing how one of the course readings approaches a theme.  Themes examined can be, but are not limited to: identity, home, change. Audience: Members of the class who have read

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Page to Stage Assignment #1: Textual Analysis

As Chemers suggests (chapter 4), playwrights combine literary features, such as word choice, punctuation and spelling, imagery, personification, structure, and style, among others, with thematic elements, such as plot, setting, character, and action, in order to “manufacture meaning.” Your task

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The Planet Assignment #1: Space for Life

Your task in this assignment is to describe in as much detail as possible a space you know well as an environment for living things. Your space may be any size—very large or very small—but it should have boundaries you

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Reading Film Assignment #2: Reviewing the Reviewers

Your task for this assignment is to develop a theory of how to tell a “good” film from a “bad” one. Imagine you come from a planet where the concept of a “film review” is a new one; on your

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Visual World Assignment #1: Perception: Visual and Verbal Messages

When confronted by an advertisement for Ax Body Spray, some would say, “That’s sexist and inappropriate!” while others might respond, “It isn’t!  You’re reading too much into it!” Those in the latter camp are probably more likely to be the

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Writing Religion Assignment #2: Conflicting Perspectives on Religion and Morality

Though religion has historically been linked strongly to both universal and cultural norms of morality (e.g. the description of someone as a “good Christian”), many writers today disagree as to whether religion’s role in shaping morality has a positive or

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Writing our Biology Assignment #1: Where Have All the Muscular Christians Gone?

Since our class discussions have made you an authority on the philosophy of muscular Christianity and how it influenced popular fiction of the 19th century, The Guardian’s Sport editors have asked you to write an article exploring how traces of

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