Two Part Final Essay Assignment

You Must Tell Me What Information from this ENG course You Need to Know to include in the Part I Essay, so that it sounds like this was written about this course specifically.

Part I ~ Self-Assessment of this ENG course.

I need five (5) substantial paragraphs – include Introduction, three (3) body paragraphs (a solid paragraph is at least 5 sentences), and a Conclusion – about THREE specific skills you have learned in this course. By drawing evidence from your experience in the class, you will do a reflective self-assessment and write a well-developed analysis. This entails reviewing all the work you have done this semester in order to explain the skills. You will also explore/explain how you learned these skills; and how these will benefit you in your future courses. In general, please consider the following questions in your essay:
• What did I learn? What skills have I learned (such as, writing, reading, critical thinking, researching, team work, discussions, etc.) in this class, and how will these skills play a part in my academic life?
• How did I learn it? How did the activities–reading and critical thinking exercises, writing assignments, essays and research projects, group work, class discussions, peer reviews, and so on–contribute to the skills I have learned in this course? How can I show that I have learned these skills? What examples can illustrate that I have learned what I claim?
• Why is it important? What role do I think these college composition skills will play in my future courses?
• You must defend all your assertions with specific examples from the work you did in the course. For example, if you believe that you learned the skill of critical thinking, then explain in the most specific terms, what you learned about this skill, what assignment/s helped you learn this skill, what specific activities in the assignment/s were most helpful in your learning, and how this learning will benefit you in your future courses. Use specific examples from the work you completed in this course to prove your claims.
• Remember that you must write a coherent and well-developed essay. Listing and answering questions is not enough. Your essay must demonstrate that you learned the desired skills of the course and can argue and write clearly and effectively.
• Although this essay will not require citations or a Works Cited page, please make sure it follows the MLA general criteria for essay assignments.
• Double space between paragraphs.
Your grade will be assessed on the following criteria which are necessary elements of composition writing:
• Thesis statement which includes the key purpose/argument of the essay and the main ideas that will prove the purpose/arguments
• topic sentences related to the thesis
• Sub points that are well organized using the SEX (statement, evidence, explanation) formula
• relevant and well integrated evidence/examples that support the claims
• Specific and detailed analysis that explains the evidence and proves the validity of the claims
• Effective introduction and conclusion
• Focused paragraphs
• Unity and coherence in the whole essay
• Accurate sentence mechanics (spelling, grammar, and punctuation).
• General MLA format criteria
• Note: since this is a self-assessment essay, you will use the first person perspective

Part II ~ America, America Essay

Choose ONE of these two options:

1. Put yourself in the place of the Iraqi narrator of this poem and write a narrative persuasive essay, resurrecting your way of life as it is described in this poem, and defending it against the American influences mentioned in the poem. Your essay must include a clear argument in favor of Iraqi life, past and present, and against American militarization. Some of the things you can discuss in this essay are:

o The ancient culture of the Iraqi world as mentioned in the poem (“god of bull/ gods of fire “).
o The contemporary culture in the Iraqi world which also includes good and bad western influences, such as mentioned in the poem (“jeans and jazz, and Treasure Island”).
o The American impositions that you denounce (such as, “James Bond s Golden pistol” and “blueprint of penitentiaries”). Don t forget to state why you denounce these.
o The desire to live the simple Iraqi life (such as, “the village homes” and “the god of the poor/ who emerges out of farmer’s ribs” ).
o The devastation that America and its soldiers have wrought upon the freedom of your world.
o When referring to the lines from the poem, you must go beyond rewriting the poem as a prose piece. In other words, the words from the poem should be an inspiration for the perspective you provide, not the entire perspective. You need to use your imagination to create the voice of the speaker in your essay.

2. Put yourself in the place of the American reading this poem and write a persuasive essay providing thoughts and reactions to the images and examples in the poem. You need not offer your own perspective; you may choose to respond using an invented American persona. Your essay must include a clear argument and perspective and should address, when appropriate, the items listed above.

With either choice, your essay should meet these criteria:

o Words limit: 200-250 words.
o This is a first person perspective essay. Therefore, you must use words such as I , We , etc.
o This is a narrative; therefore, you must create ‘mood’ by using both subjective and objective details.
o However, it is also a persuasive essay; therefore, it must have a clear argument.
o You must show a clear relation to the poem and must use specific examples stated in the poem.
o Don’t forget to support all claims and to give justification of why you desire and why you denounce.
o You might have to do some research to learn about the pre-war internal politics of Iraq and also the ancient Iraqi culture. If you do, please DO NOT include in-text citations, since this is a narrative, but please DO include a Works Cited page.