First Writing Assignments

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English 102 Oakton Community College Summer 2013

First Writing Assignments
In-class exercise: Your first in-class exercise will be a rhetorical analysis comparing two excerpts from texts. An explanation and time to work on it will be provided on Tuesday.


This week, we will also go over examples of summary, paraphrase, and quotation. For your first longer, out-of-class essay (due at the start of class on Monday, June 17), you should choose one of the articles below to read carefully and then summarize and analyze. I’ll show you in class how to access the library databases, in case you have not used those before, and we will go over paraphrase and summary as well.
Myers, David G. “Intuition’s Powers And Perils.” Psychological Inquiry 21.4 (2010):

371-377. Academic Search Complete. Web. 9 June 2013.

Simons, Daniel J., and Christopher F. Chabris. “The Trouble With Intuition.” Chronicle of igher

Education 56.37 (2010): B13-B15. Academic Search Complete. Web. 9 June 2013.
If you want to know more about the subject of “intuition” and the debates surrounding the idea, you can go to Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink, which will be on reserve at the library. Part of the book is available online through Amazon; I can also send you a section to read, if it interests you.
One issue we will discuss during class is how we read and how organizational patterns and genre expectations shape our understanding of texts. Authors and publishers are very aware of how readers look at introductions, first chapters, and stories; they consciously adjust the introductions and overall organization of books to get attention and make particular impressions.
Please ask questions if these assignments are not clear after we have gone over them in class.

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