In this essay you will select two readings from the course and put them in conversation. Your task will be to synthesize the information from these readings and explain their points of convergence and tension.

Your final assignment will consist of putting two sources in dialogue with one another. In this essay you will select two readings from the course and put them in conversation. Your task will be to synthesize the information from these readings and explain their points of convergence and tension. You should imagine this as an assignment where the authors are having a virtual conversation. If these authors were sitting at a table together what would the conversation sound like? What would they agree on? What would they disagree on? What questions would they raise? What do they still want/need to know? Are there new questions which need to be raised in order to solve something puzzling? The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with an understanding of how knowledge is produced and to critically think about ideas presented in academic publications.

*Note that you may review to your weekly reflections as a source to help you think about connections and differences between readings.

Guidelines

You will select two assigned readings from the course and write a summary/compare and contrast essay. Focus exclusively on the articles, you do not need outside sources nor have to refer to lecture material. Include a work cited (MLA style) page at the end.

Structure of Paper (4-5 Pages)

You will write a four to five-page paper, roughly 1000-1250 words, for this assignment. Below you will find a suggested framework by which you can structure your paper. Be sure that you at least summarize each article as well as compare and contrast them in a cohesive and articulate way.

Page 1-2:

Summarize article 1 and 2 (what is the authors main argument/information used to support that argument/important points in this article)

Page 3-4:

Compare articles 1 & 2 (how do the authors’ articles relate/are the authors supporting similar ideas around specific topics/are there similarities in their data/information).

Contrast articles 1 & 2 (how do the authors’ articles differ/do they come to any differing conclusions ideas/is there differences between data and information used by the authors)

Page 4-5:

Evaluation: What issues did these articles resolve? What questions are the authors’ still grappling with? Which questions have or have not been answered?

Final paragraph of paper: Closing thoughts; this is your opportunity to briefly share your opinion in the first person and any new insights you gained from this intellectual exercise.

Rubric:

Points possible: 20

5pts summaries of articles

5pts compare/contrast articles

5pts conclusion

5pts structure/grammar

20pts total

Grade Breakdown

Full credit

½ credit

Partial credit

Summaries of Articles

1-2 page summary of article that gives a detailed overview of the articles, including highlighting main arguments, data used to support arguments, and important insights mentioned in the argument

1 page summary of article that gives a general overview of the articles. The overview includes some major components of the article such as main arguments, data used to support arguments, and important insights mentioned in the argument

1 page or less summary of article that gives a poor overview of the articles. The overview includes limited mentions of major components of the article such as main arguments, data used to support arguments, and important insights mentioned in the argument

Compare/

contrast articles

1-2 page detailed comparison and contrast of the articles. Comparison shows how the articles connect in meaningful ways (similar arguments, data, insights). Contrast shows how articles differ in important ways (different conclusions, use of different information to support arguments, or different insights gleaned from data)

1 page general comparison and contrast of the articles. Comparison shows how the articles connect in mild ways (similar arguments, data, insights). Contrast shows how articles differ in insignificant ways (different conclusions, use of different information to support arguments, or different insights gleaned from data)

1 page or less weak comparison and contrast of the articles. Comparison shows how the articles weakly connect to each other (similar arguments, data, insights). Contrast shows how articles barely differ (different conclusions, use of different information to support arguments, or different insights gleaned from data)

Conclusion

1-2 pages of a detailed conclusion where you address the following:

A) what issues did the article resolve? How does the article help us understand something more/better about Race/Ethnicity/Racism

B) What questions about Race/Ethnicity/Racism were the authors left with or didn’t resolve

C) Your closing thoughts about the articles generally (were they good/bad/well-thought out/poorly constructed/detailed/limited in any way

1 pages of a general conclusion where you address the following:

A) what issues did the article resolve? How does the article help us understand something more/better about Race/Ethnicity/Racism

B) What questions about Race/Ethnicity/Racism were the authors left with or didn’t resolve

C) Your closing thoughts about the articles generally (were they good/bad/well-thought out/poorly constructed/detailed/limited in any way

1 page or less of a weak conclusion where you address the following:

A) what issues did the article resolve? How does the article help us understand something more/better about Race/Ethnicity/Racism

B) What questions about Race/Ethnicity/Racism were the authors left with or didn’t resolve

C) Your closing thoughts about the articles generally (were they good/bad/well-thought out/poorly constructed/detailed/limited in any way

Structure/

grammar

Essay follows a college level multi-paragraph essay format. Essay has well-structured paragraphs and sentences. Essay is also well-written with correct grammar and syntax.

Essay generally follows a college level multi-paragraph essay format. Essay has decently structured paragraphs and sentences. Essay is also well-written with correct grammar and syntax.

Essay weakly follows a college level multi-paragraph essay format. Essay has inadequately structured paragraphs and sentences. Essay is also poorly written overall.

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