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From The McGraw Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines textbook (12th edition), read both:

Frederick Douglass’ essay: “Learning to Read and Write” (pp 184-189) and

Richard Rodriguez’ “The Lonely Good Company of Books” (pp 189-193)

Choose Either Topic Choice 1 or Topic Choice 2 Below. Do Not Combine Topic Choices.  

Write an essay response to the topic choice you select (on or the other, not both). 

Regardless of which essay and topic choice you choose, you are limited in the development of your essay to your own ideas and ideas from the essay you select.

Additional sources are NOT permitted. If you use anything other than your own ideas and ideas from one of the essays, there will be point reductions. 

Topic Choice 1: Fredrick Douglass essay

Write an essay that argues either for or against the idea that American educational institutions continue to discriminate against minority groups.  

Mandatory Requirements for Developing Topic Choice 1:

You must make use of and discuss ideas from Douglass’ essay but do not simply summarize or directly quote what Douglass says.  

Choose specific ideas from his and explain how why or in what way those ideas support your thesis position.    

You are also specifically required to use concrete examples from your own life experiences to support your response for Topic Choice One. 

Topic Choice 2: Richard Rodriguez essay

Write an essay in which you identify and discuss your parents or primary caregiver’s attitude about your reading habits as you grew up. Discuss also, HOW WHY or in WHAT way their reading habits affected yours. 

Mandatory Requirements for Topic Choice 2:

Establish your own thesis statement in response to the topic above and make use of the Rodriguez essay to support your thinking.  Do not simply summarize or directly quote what Rodriguez says.  Use his ideas to support the development of your thesis.  

You are also specifically required to use concrete examples from your own life experiences to support your response for Topic Choice One. Be specific in how why or what way your own examples tie in with ideas from the Rodriguez essay.    

Mandatory CRE 2 Format Requirements (applies to both topic choices):

Minimum of 2 ½, maximum of 3 ½ pages in length; 11 point minimum, 12 point maximum, standard business font

Indent the start of all paragraphs one tab from the margin.  

Use double spacing throughout but do not “double-double space” between paragraphs 

Center a TITLE at top of page; titles always reflect the writer’s thesis statement

Single space your name, date, and section number in right hand corner of the paper’s HEADER.

Failure to state a thesis, adequately develop your topic with your own ideas, document borrowing ideas using MLA format, or meet minimum page requirements will result in significant point reductions and/or the paper’s rejection.

Additional CRE Essay Requirements: (All Finished Essays Must): 

Observe the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion format for your essay

Your Introduction paragraph must have a complete thesis statement.  

Come to a specific conclusion about the topic you select and say why the conclusion you come to is important or significant to you.

Have adequately developed paragraphs, meaning that you must explain carefully and in detail how, why, or in what way any ideas used supports or helps to establish your thesis position.

Develop the body paragraphs of your essay, using ideas from your own experience.  Remember to develop specific instances of your own ideas.   

Explain how why or in what way ideas you choose from the essay you select support your thinking. 

Summarize the thesis statement in a final conclusion paragraph.  

Your final conclusion paragraph should also include a summary of one or two important ideas already discussed in the body 

No New ideas appear in the final conclusion paragraph. 

Include MLA formatted internal citations for all borrowed ideas and a work cited page at the end of your paper. Note: the work cited page is only called works cited when more than one work is being cited.

MLA Internal Citation Rules:

Consult the McGraw Hill Brief Handbook for Writers for the MLA rules of internal citation. You can also find the MLA internal citation rules in the Connect Library (e-book) under the Assignment tab (Part 1) or via or the MLA web links under the Web Link tab for the course.

MLA Work Cited Rules:

The McGraw Hill Brief Handbook for Writers also has directions on creating your work cited page.  See also the Connect Library (e-book) under the Assignment tab (Part 1) or the MLA web links under the Web Link tab for the course.

PFrom The McGraw Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines textbook (12th edition), read both:

Frederick Douglass’ essay: “Learning to Read and Write” (pp 184-189) and

Richard Rodriguez’ “The Lonely Good Company of Books” (pp 189-193)

Choose Either Topic Choice 1 or Topic Choice 2 Below. Do Not Combine Topic Choices.  

Write an essay response to the topic choice you select (on or the other, not both). 

Regardless of which essay and topic choice you choose, you are limited in the development of your essay to your own ideas and ideas from the essay you select.

Additional sources are NOT permitted. If you use anything other than your own ideas and ideas from one of the essays, there will be point reductions. 

Topic Choice 1: Fredrick Douglass essay

Write an essay that argues either for or against the idea that American educational institutions continue to discriminate against minority groups.  

Mandatory Requirements for Developing Topic Choice 1:

You must make use of and discuss ideas from Douglass’ essay but do not simply summarize or directly quote what Douglass says.  

Choose specific ideas from his and explain how why or in what way those ideas support your thesis position.    

You are also specifically required to use concrete examples from your own life experiences to support your response for Topic Choice One. 

Topic Choice 2: Richard Rodriguez essay

Write an essay in which you identify and discuss your parents or primary caregiver’s attitude about your reading habits as you grew up. Discuss also, HOW WHY or in WHAT way their reading habits affected yours. 

Mandatory Requirements for Topic Choice 2:

Establish your own thesis statement in response to the topic above and make use of the Rodriguez essay to support your thinking.  Do not simply summarize or directly quote what Rodriguez says.  Use his ideas to support the development of your thesis.  

You are also specifically required to use concrete examples from your own life experiences to support your response for Topic Choice One. Be specific in how why or what way your own examples tie in with ideas from the Rodriguez essay.    

Mandatory CRE 2 Format Requirements (applies to both topic choices):

Minimum of 2 ½, maximum of 3 ½ pages in length; 11 point minimum, 12 point maximum, standard business font

Indent the start of all paragraphs one tab from the margin.  

Use double spacing throughout but do not “double-double space” between paragraphs 

Center a TITLE at top of page; titles always reflect the writer’s thesis statement

Single space your name, date, and section number in right hand corner of the paper’s HEADER.

Failure to state a thesis, adequately develop your topic with your own ideas, document borrowing ideas using MLA format, or meet minimum page requirements will result in significant point reductions and/or the paper’s rejection.

Additional CRE Essay Requirements: (All Finished Essays Must): 

Observe the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion format for your essay

Your Introduction paragraph must have a complete thesis statement.  

Come to a specific conclusion about the topic you select and say why the conclusion you come to is important or significant to you.

Have adequately developed paragraphs, meaning that you must explain carefully and in detail how, why, or in what way any ideas used supports or helps to establish your thesis position.

Develop the body paragraphs of your essay, using ideas from your own experience.  Remember to develop specific instances of your own ideas.   

Explain how why or in what way ideas you choose from the essay you select support your thinking. 

Summarize the thesis statement in a final conclusion paragraph.  

Your final conclusion paragraph should also include a summary of one or two important ideas already discussed in the body 

No New ideas appear in the final conclusion paragraph. 

Include MLA formatted internal citations for all borrowed ideas and a work cited page at the end of your paper. Note: the work cited page is only called works cited when more than one work is being cited.

MLA Internal Citation Rules:

Consult the McGraw Hill Brief Handbook for Writers for the MLA rules of internal citation. You can also find the MLA internal citation rules in the Connect Library (e-book) under the Assignment tab (Part 1) or via or the MLA web links under the Web Link tab for the course.

MLA Work Cited Rules:

The McGraw Hill Brief Handbook for Writers also has directions on creating your work cited page.  See also the Connect Library (e-book) under the Assignment tab (Part 1) or the MLA web links under the Web Link tab for the course.