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Taking A Stance

Criteria for Essay 3 So far, you have written two essays for class. In the first, you practiced working with "showing vs. telling" skills as you analyzed the story "On A Rainy River" or the film, "McFarland USA." You considered the outsider roles people play and how they are affected by looking closely at the text. Then you moved on to essay 2 -- a harder assignment -- which required a persuasive voice about an outcast. You became re-acquainted with a childhood film and identified a controversial theme. You evaluated the heroic and sometimes chaotic nature of your chosen character, and you persuaded your reader to see your views about the character. This bring us to essay 3 where you will incorporate all of those skills while you write about Into the Wild. ESSAY 3: TAKE A STAND FOR AN ISSUE Now you are going to look beyond the basic elements of the narrative and consider issues from the book that apply to our course theme: “Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws.” You will take a stand in your essay for a particular issue. This is actually a big part of your everyday life already. You come into situations all the time where you must stop, think, evaluate, capitulate, collaborate, and even defend where you stand on an issue. And once you get a little more practice with it, you might find it to be a lot of fun. In fact, many find that their conversations become much more interesting when they discuss issues rather than simple day-to-day happenings. Many of you are doing an excellent job talking at the forums and thinking about issues from the book. You know that you have opinions that mesh well with some people in class but do not align with absolutely everyone. That is okay! An important part of education is to learn the diversity of our experiences and know that not everyone will like or appreciate every point of view. It is also important to think thoughtfully and critically about issues. An issue always has a "yes" and a "no" side. You are welcome to join either side, but it is important to stay on your side. For example, here are some common issues from the book: 1. Was McCandless fair to his family? Most would say, "no." A few might say, "yes." 2. Was McCandless prepared to live in the wild? Most, again, take issue that he was under-prepared, to put it gently. Whatever issue you chose to focus on should have a large number of people who generally agree with you, but still a fair number of people who might vote for the opposing argument. For example, you might decide to: 1. Argue that McCandless had every right to change his identity and become the infamous Alexander Supertramp. 2. Argue that most young men have a deep desire to know themselves, and the only true and complete way to do this is to abandon society and test their own strength. 3. Argue that Chris was bound by the same family obligations that we all come to understand and that his ultimate identity as a wandering non-conformist causes endless and avoidable harm to every close to him. These are just a few examples to help you think about issues. Let's think about how you get to “where you stand?” on particular issues. How do you arrive at that place? Sometimes it is pure opinion, but in an academic environment, you must venture beyond opinion. So, some basic steps are necessary. You might start by talking to those who know a little bit more than yourself about a particular topic. It’s also important to read about the topic—and when I say read, I mean read a variety of sources. Finally, it is important to step away, too, and let thoughts settle. Give yourself a little time to think things through. Observe an idea with a little distance between you and the issue. These are fabulous steps to help your mind expand! YOUR ASSIGNMENT: write a 3 page essay about a particular issue that you can defend. You must focus on Chris McCandless You are welcome to incorporate stories from Jon Krakaer, too Final completed draft due: Friday, December 4th. See the next handout for strategies to work through writer's block. I will also post student examples.
Criteria for Essay 3 So far, you have written two essays for class. In the first, you practiced working with "showing vs. telling" skills as you analyzed the story "On A Rainy River" or the film, "McFarland USA." You considered the outsider roles people play and how they are affected by looking closely at the text.
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