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American Dreams Assignment #4: Research Essay

Imagine that you are writing an essay for a college publication whose theme is American Dreams. For this essay, you will have the opportunity to write about one of the following broad groups, all of which have been the focus

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Beauty assignment #4: Research Paper

For your final essay you may choose your own topic and your own work of visual art, literature, film, etc. in order to directly address one of our “beauty problems” (i.e. some unstated belief and/or assumptions about beauty), and devise

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Creativity Essay #4: Testing Your Theory of Creativity: A Segmented Research Essay

Like Bohm and Shekerjian, assert a theory of creativity, based on your own experiences, class experiments and insights (from this class and from others), examples from texts discussed in class and evidence from source material. Then, following the strategies outlined

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Cultural Identity Assignment #4: Arguing Identity Politics

There are many student organizations active at Queens College, including ethnic and cultural associations, several religious groups and several mixed cultural groups. While most students agree that these organizations add to the life of the college, no one is sure

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Food Assignment #4: Research Paper

Research and expand upon a question raised in class that remains unresolved for you. By now we’ve discussed the more literary aspects of food writing and attempted some of its most familiar forms. We’ve also debated and written about some

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Higher Education Assignment #4: From the Inside Out: An Ethnography

An ethnography is a study of human social phenomena and social communities through the use of fieldwork (first-hand observation). To conclude this course, you will define and select a small sample of people (some subset of students, teachers, parents, etc.)

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Higher Education Assignment #2: As They Put It: A Dialogue

Choose one educational policy that you want to learn more about [“No Child Left Behind,” remediation, or affirmative action] as the focus for this assignment. Summarize, paraphrase, and quote from various sources (those we have discussed in class and some

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Literacy and Language Assignment #3: Locating Key Debates in Literacy Research

Broadly speaking, two of Mike Rose’s central concerns in Lives on the Boundary are 1) the plight of underprepared students, specifically how and why they often fail to receive the proper help they need to succeed, and 2) the respective roles and responsibilities

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Memory Essay #3: The “Subject” of Remembrance

This assignment calls for you to use the course readings in conjunction with your own scholarly research in order to write an essay in which you analyze how personal recollection shapes the autobiographical narrative in Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak Memory. Audience:

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NYC Assignment #4: Arguing about New York City

Transform your informative essay (assignment #3) into a persuasive essay by crafting a thesis that makes a debatable claim about the topic you investigated.  Use MLA documentation style to cite your sources. Audience:  Readers of a scholarly journal. Format: Six-seven

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Page to Stage: Assignment #4: Dramaturgical Research Essay

In this culminating essay assignment you will extend your engagement with the play you evaluated in your “Why This Play Now?” essay by applying skills of textual and thematic analysis and academic research. Your task is to analyze the play’s

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The Planet Assignment #4: Ecological Struggles – Part II: Research Essay

John Bellamy Foster suggests that vulnerability to ecological violence may be correlated with socio-economic or geographical characteristics rather than being distributed equally across all humanity. These unequal effects are played out in struggles over access to natural resources, consumption and

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Reading Film Assignment #5: Final Research Paper

After much feedback and revision, your proposal on the topic of “Adaptation” has finally been accepted by the Society. Your task now is to write a formal research paper that takes a position on a problem. In your final paper,

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Visual World Assignment #4: Research: Interpreting Public Events

Thus far in this course you have composed arguments about the visual and verbal messages of a print advertisement; the value of comics and journalism for conveying “story truth;” and the challenges of using photography to create a record of

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Writing Religion Assignment #3: Researching Religion and Science

Our recent readings suggest that religion and science have had a tense relationship in recent years, especially in America, where there have been loud, public confrontations between scientists and some Christian groups over issues such as whether/how to teach evolution

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Writing Religion Assignment #4: Examining Religion and Political Violence

For this assignment, you will select a incident of war, terrorism, or other political violence from the past fifteen years that has been linked by some to religion (possibilities include, but are not limited to, the 9/11 attacks; various stages

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Writing our Biology Assignment #4: Brave New/Old World

Now that you’ve researched the field of eugenics, write an essay using the sources you cited in your annotated bibliography to analyze Agar’s Liberal Eugenics.  Make an argument about how well Agar’s essay on “liberal eugenics” avoids the historical abuses

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