Week 3: Comparison and Contrast



Activity:  Watch MLA format PowerPoint

On the left you will find a PowerPoint that will help you on how to use MLA format.  Watch the PowerPoint and jot down notes to help you to create Essay#1: compare/contrast Hedges and Ames.  Watch PowerPoint prior to coming to class on Wednesday.


Activity:  Read information on how to create a compare and contrast essay


Essay#1:  Compare and Contrast.  For this essay, click the link to the left so that you can get a better understanding of how to create a compare and contrast essay. Read prior to class on Wednesday.  Bring draft of paper to class on Friday.




Activity :  Essay#1:  Compare and Contrast American Psychosis by Hedges and Engaging Apolitical Youth by Melissa Ames

After reading and annotating both American Psychosis by Engaging Apolitical Youth by Melissa Ames you will write a 2 to 3 page comparison and contrast paper. You should use the information from this page to help you to write your essay. You will want to consider how the two pieces are alike and how they are different. Make sure that you use direct quotes from both articles to support your ideas.  Use proper MLA intext citations by either using signal phrases or parenthetical citations.  This information is gone over in the PowerPoint on this page.  


Your essay should be in MLA format and a minimum of 2 full to 3 pages.  Use your Diana Hacker A Pocket Style Manual to help you with basic MLA format and the PowerPoint on this page.  When you are done, post your paper to Blackboard in the Essay1:  Compare and Contast Assignment.  For your convenience, I have placed a link to the left to post your paper.


Activity:  Peer Review of Essay

In Class on Thursday, February 11th

We will complete a Peer Review in class.  Please bring a paper copy of your essay to class on Friday for the PR. Students whom fail to bring a printed full draft (2- 3 pages and works cited page) to class will forfeit the opportunity to complete the PR and will miss our on the 25 points.


Remember revision is more than just fixing spelling errors.  You should look at the cohesion of your paper.  How are all of the parts working together?  You should also take into consideration some of the comments that your peer has given you.  Remember the big picture.  What is your essay trying to accomplish?  Is it doing that?  How do all of the parts work together?  Is there a thesis statement?  Remember revision and editing are different. Make sure you do both.  Your final grade will take into consideration where your paper started and where it ended up. There should be a change, and not just in spelling and errors. 


After you are done revising and editing turn your paper into Blackboard i.  Make sure that you follow the instructions: 


Your essay should be in MLA format and a minimum of a full to 5 to 6 pages with an additional works cited page.  Papers that do not include a works cited page will receive a significant reduction in points. Use your Diana Hacker A Pocket Style Manual to help you with basic MLA format. 



Your revision of this essay is due on Friday, February 19th on Blackboard. Please work on revising of your paper during the next week.