Midterm Essay (1500-2000 words)
5 points each for:
Choice — relevance of book chosen
Connection — citing themes (>= 3) from class
Clarity — presenting clearly and concisely
Cogency — of argument
Students in the class are expected to select one of the optional texts for the class, or propose a different book title and have it approved for the assignment. They will then write an essay on how the book relates to ideas touched upon in the class, showcasing their ability to connect concepts learned in class with the “outside world”. The relevance of the book will need to be argued by every student, by immediately establishing the connections between it and the class. Students are then expected to delve deeper into the main ideas presented in the text, and reflect on them based on their lessons learned in class. The writing and presentation must be free of grammar/typographical errors, and follow a clear logical outline. The cogency of the argument should also be clear, i.e. expressing what the book is conveying or not, and how well it is able to do so.