write two short responses H u m a n i t i e s

write two short responses H u m a n i t i e s

Week 11 has 2 assignments:Dropbox and transitions


Notes on Transitions from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Writing Center.


Step one: Transition Worksheet.

Step two: Here’s an example of an Analysis Essay.

1) Find the thesis

2) Find the topic sentences for each paragraph

3) Find three areas where transitional words or phrases could be added to help the paper flow better. Highlight your additions.

Dropbox: Topic sentences exercise. Copy and paste into your own document, then upload to Dropbox.



Week 13: 1 assignment

Read: The Owlcation handout on “How to Write a Visual Analysis.


What kind of media/mode/genre will you analyze for your Analysis Essay? Tell us what criteria your subject could be analyzed with. Explain why you think that criteria is important for that particular genre. For example, a Horror movie needs to have a scary soundtrack– in order to help build the suspense of the mood. Or one way we might judge an advertisement is if it has a representation or description of the product it’s selling- in order to help us understand the products design or features. In other words, you are making a claim about what that criteria is doing and how it serves the author’s purpose. Include an example, such as a screenshot or link to the type of media you might analyze.

When responding, give an example of another criteria that could be looked at. For example, you might notice how color is used to draw attention to important parts of an advertisement, which reinforces one of its main arguments.



Week 14: 1 assignment


The article “The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I’ve Found a Better Way to Celebrate the Holiday,” by Sean Sherman for Time. NOVEMBER 19, 2018


Write a post that is 250-350 words responding to the article “The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell…” Can be in paragraph or question/response form (Due Friday, by 11:59pm). Then, write two short responses to two classmates (50-100 words, by Monday 11:59pm.) Consider the following:

What helps the author seem credible? Give two examples from the text and one outside it (through an internet search.)

What is the main or central argument that the author makes?

What evidence does the author supply to back up the claim/argument?

What background information does he give us to help us understand the claim/argument?

What position(s) or attitude(s) does he ask us to take?

In what ways does he suggest we change our behavior?

Is the author effective in persuading the audience (you)? How so? Why or why not?

In what ways could you incorporate the message into how you relate to or participate in Thanksgiving?

What indigenous foods does he suggest we already may have in our diets?

What might the impact of eating indigenous (or non-indigenous) foods on our bodies and environment be?

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