English 1101 paper 1, fall 2022

Paper 1

Read every word below carefully, more than once, before starting your essay.

Choose one of the following options and respond in a carefully structured and developed essay of 700-1000 words (in the body of the essay, excluding headers, name, date, title, works cited entries, etc.). Raise a central question at the end of your introduction that the rest of the paper strives to answer directly throughout.

For details of the physical formatting of your paper on papermargins, headers, titles, etc.see the simple stuff page. For guidelines on quotation and documentation, see the quotations page. All options require quotations from the readings, so a works cited page is necessary.

I encourage you to seek my help with your paper outside of class. I cannot respond to whole drafts through email, but I will be glad to go over your paper from start to finish with you in person before you submit it for grading.  If my office hours don't mesh with your schedule, let me know and we'll make arrangements for other times. 

I am neither expecting nor encouraging you to use any sources beyond those assigned as readings for this class. Understand that if you bring in quotes from web sources, you will still need to document citations correctly according to the quotations page, but they will not count towards quotation requirements for the assignment.

Paper proposals: Before you begin writing the essay, construct a topic sentence outline just as we did in the writing exercise on life being difficult for teenagers: begin the outline with the literal question your paper addresses, then give full topic sentences that answer the question directly for each primary point in your paper (i.e. for each body paragraph), just as they will appear in the essay itself, and conclude the outline with the paper's overall thesis, answering the central question directly and combining your essential points from the various topic sentences. See sample topic sentence outlines on my writing tips page and on the paper proposal assignment page.

Works cited info: For bibliographic information on any readings handouts, such as "My Husband's Nine Wives," e.g., see the referring pages from our schedule of readings and assignments (the pages from which you loaded the Adobe PDF files).

Construct an argument on whether today's parents are harming their children with "paranoid parenting," their dramatically increased involvement in their children's lives. Include at least four quotations, total, from either or both articles we read on this topic.

2) Nearly all Americans would agree that marriage "ain't what it used to be." Including at least three quotations from our class's readings in The Little, Brown Reader, construct an argument debating the question of whether marriage should no longer be considered a lifelong commitment.

3) Develop an argument on the issue of whether plural marriage (polygamy) is more beneficial for women than monogamous marriage. Quote Elizabeth Joseph's article at least three times in your discussion.


blue bullet Make every topic sentence answer the central question directly.
blue bullet Introduce all quotes: see nugget 3.
blue bullet Sweat the details: use the Golden Rules, Nuggets, Simple Stuff, and Quotations pages and proofread carefully.
blue bullet Offer concrete evidence (quotes) in support of each of your major assertions.
blue bullet See me in the office or email if you have questions or problems. 

Use the Writing Center! I encourage you to see tutors for help with your papers at the Writing Center. We have well-trained, qualified tutors who can give you plenty of one-on-one attention with any aspect of the writing process. Be sure to take a copy of this assignment with you to any tutoring session, or show your tutor this assignment page on the web.