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English 102, Bartholomaus Essay Two: Essay-Review
For essay two, you will further develop your ability to read and analyze a non-fiction book as a means of becoming well informed about a particular issue or idea by writing in more depth and detail about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the issues it raises. The essay must use research, including at least two scholarly sources. This essay should be 6-7 pages long, double-spaced, plus the works cited page. The essay must be documented correctly according to MLA rules. 150 points.
You have two options for this essay. See below; choose either option.
1) Option one. In the “Afterword” (315-328), Skloot discusses two important issues for scientists and society to deal with: informed consent and compensation for the commercial use of human tissue. For this option, research the current status of either informed consent or compensation for commercial use and research. Use the book to set up the issue and use current research, including scholarly sources, to find out what if anything has changed legally and/or practice in the last five years. You should be able to provide information about informed consent or compensation rules and practices; from that research you should also be able to present a proposal that states what you think the law should be and why you think that. Approximately half of the paper should set up the topic and present your research about the current status of the law and medical practice regarding informed consent or compensation. The second half of the paper should present your proposal and the reasoning and research behind it. The main idea for this option is to update the information that Skloot presents and to guide your readers and the discussion of what to do about the issue. You must cite at least five sources, at least two of which must be peer reviewed, scholarly sources.
2) Option two. An essay-review is a standard form of writing in academic discourse. An essay-review examines a serious work and offers a detailed written analysis. The essay-review typically starts with a thorough, detailed summary. After the summary, the essay-review provides in-depth analysis of the book's merits and weaknesses. This evaluation must be based on careful reading and understanding of the text. Praise and complaint both must be supported with specific analysis from the book, including plentiful quotations.
To prepare, you must annotate carefully. You will need to re-read sections, sometimes several times; annotation is critical to careful reading and writing about reading so you can show thorough, specific knowledge.
All aspects of the book are open to discussion. Does the book do what it promises in the introduction? Is it well organized? Are there sufficiently numerous and sufficiently relevant examples to support claims? Is the author's reasoning clear? How does the book make you think about its subject? Are there things it ignores, fudges, or distorts? Are the tone and style appropriate to the subject and audience? (Keep in mind that serious books might be difficult out of necessity or because a reader lacks proper background in the field to understand professional language or assumed knowledge. These are not necessarily valid criticisms) Criticism is fine, and expected, but it must be serious criticism on the book's terms, not complaints that it's not as fun to read as Stephen King.
You must do some research on how The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been received and talked about in various circles. With that in mind, you must cite at least five sources, at least two of which must be peer reviewed, scholarly sources. You must use the MCC library databases to find these articles (see the link under the Student Resources tab). Use these sources to talk about the book’s status among readers and scholars. You should have about two pages devoted to this overview of commentary on the book; you may also use the sources in various other ways in the paper. However, keep in mind that the essay-review should reflect your analysis; that analysis can be informed by other writers, but should not be dominated by other views.
To summarize, the essay review should have four primary sections: an intro with specific thesis about the book; an accurate summary (1-2 pages); a review of the commentary about the book (about 2 pages); and your own analysis of the book’s strengths and weaknesses (3-4 pages).
For either option, this essay should be 6-7 pages long, double-spaced, plus the works cited page. The essay must be documented correctly according to MLA rules. 150 points.
English 102, Bartholomaus Essay Two: Essay-Review
For essay two, you will further develop your ability to read and analyze a non-fiction book as a means of becoming well informed about a particular issue or idea by writing in more depth and detail about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the issues it raises. The essay must use research, including at least two scholarly sources.