The Assignment: In an expository essay of 2,250 words or more, address one of the following prompts. This essay should feature a well-developed thesis and appropriate evidence to support your thesis. You must engage and cite at least two essays assigned in this class, at least one outside essay, and you should include your own experiences or observations.
Question: According to John Holt, teachers are often the reason students do not enjoy reading. On the other hand, Anne Cunningham and Keith Stanovich argue that avoiding reading at an early age can have serious cognitive consequences. What approaches are there in fostering reading for young students? Which approach is the best? What were your experiences like, and what approach did or could have worked for you?
Outside Source: The one outside source can be any nonfiction essay of your choice. You may choose to use a news article, a personal essay, a research essay, or any other essay that relates to your topic. This outside essay may bring a new perspective on the topic, present a counter-argument to the assigned text(s), or provide an example that supports your claims.
Format: This essay will be in MLA format. This means it will be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font (I prefer Times New Roman), with page numbers and your last name on each page, and a header on the first page. Your title should be original, and you must include a Works Cited page. Be sure to include in-text citations in the body of the essay.
Note: Words and phrases that are underlined will be taken into consideration when grading.