paraphrased material using mla format prompt W r i t i n g

paraphrased material using mla format prompt W r i t i n g

Background:

We have spent the semester learning about important social and racial issues, but learning about them is not enough. Now, we will do something about them.

For Writing Project 4, our last essay of the class, we will be working on a research paper about how to become an agent of change. We will research past change makers and their principles. We will use all of the information we have learned in the last 12 weeks to build our Agent of Change plan.

We are all committed to social change in our own ways. Your choice to pursue further education is in and of itself an act of social change. With it , you will have the tools to be able to make positive social change in your own community as you learn about the world around you and see where injustices remain. These areas of need can become your battle ground. What are they? Where are they? What needs to be changed/improved? How can you build a personal resolve to be part of that shift towards equality or social reform? 

You can do so by:

Contributing to social change at home

Contributing to social change at your current employment

Contributing to social change in your community

  • Become a mentor to others around you   
  • So, where do I begin? We can begin by looking at those who went before us.
  • Purpose:
  • The purpose of this assignment is to:

Compose college-level writing.

Participate in academic research

Respond to a topic with an original argument.

Goals

This assignment will help students meet the following Student Learning Objectives, as stated on the course syllabus:

Synthesize researched material from multiple texts to create and support an argument in response to a prompt. Draw direct evidence from texts in support of claims and analyze how that evidence supports the claim.

  1. Utilize the various phases in the writing process—prewriting, writing revision, and proofreading—to produce clear, articulate, well-supported, well-organized essays.
  2. Avoid plagiarism by properly citing quoted, summarized, and paraphrased material using MLA format
  3. Prompt:

Your job for this essay will be to learn more about a person who has been a powerful agent of change for a cause you care about (in theory, the cause you wrote about in Essay 3). Once you have learned more about this person, you will work to consider how you might follow in that person’s footsteps, and become an agent of change for the same cause. 

Task:

Your essay should be 800 to 1000 words in length and follow this format:

Introduction: Introduce the idea of social change and being a change maker, introduce the cause, and include your thesis. In your thesis, state how you will plan to become an Agent of Change for your given topic. 

  1. Sample Thesis: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life embodied determination and strength as he tirelessly fought for African Americans’ Civil Rights.  He argued that education should result not only in knowledge gained but also character developed, and given the current educational disparities in our school system, I plan to be an agent of change for students who live in less funded areas. I will use my education and voice to bring awareness to this issue in my home, work place, and community through social media and informal discussions.  
  2. Body paragraph 1: Pretend your readers have not read Essay 3 and remind them in one paragraph of the social justice issue you addressed and why/how it is a problem that needs change (you can use information directly from Essay 3). 
  3. Sample TS for thesis above: Racial inequalities are still deeply rooted in our society and institutions. 

Body paragraph 2: Introduce your change maker (someone who has/is fighting for change in that social issue). Explain his/her characteristics that make him/her a strong Agent of Change.

Sample TS for thesis above: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life embodied determination and strength as he tirelessly fought for African Americans’ Civil Rights.

Body paragraph 3: Detail the attributes necessary for being a change maker. Explain how you plan to embody those attributes for the cause.

Sample TS for thesis above: With determination and honesty, I plan to be an agent of change for students who live in less funded areas. I will use my voice in social media and casual conversation to bring awareness to this issue to those around me. 

Conclusion: End with a declaration of how you will be an Agent of Change in your home, community, work place, and/or community.

Sample concluding statement for thesis above:  As a social change agent, I plan to bring awareness to the issue of disparities in education. I can do this by voicing my opinion and sharing my expertise on this issue with others in my home, work place, and community through social media and informal discussions. Like Dr. King, I can use my voice and determination to bring about change and expect more from those around me.