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In Essay 4, we are practicing research-based writing, which you will do in WR 2 and many other college-level classes. For this essay, you will get to choose your focus and your audience. This means you will be working on reader awareness and choosing both content and form to help you convey information to your selected audience. For this essay, you will need to complete your final formal Writing Center conference by noon on May 24th (when the Writing Center closes for the semester).
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Main Goals for Essay 4:
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Develop a thesis claim that unifies your essay.
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Conduct research to help you learn more about your topic and develop support for your claim.
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Effectively summarize key concepts from the texts for readers who have not read the texts.
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Choose specific examples to illustrate your claims and analyze how those examples connect to the text and support your main claims.
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Critically analyze the ideas in the text to make a claim about your topic and explain this analysis to readers.
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Develop audience awareness and write for readers who are not familiar with the ideas in the text.
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Create organized paragraphs that focus on one main point and divide your argument into manageable chunks for your readers
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Texts for Essay 4:
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At least one of the texts we have used this semester in our other essays
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At least three reliable outside sources
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Essay 4 Prompt:
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Throughout the semester, we’ve been studying the importance of human connection. Now, it’s time to put what we’ve learned into action. For this assignment, you will be creating a project (or an overview of a project) relating to human connection and designing a way to share your project with a selected audience. For example, you might write up a series of tweets to share information about how we can build authentic connection through social media. Or you might create an Instagram page focused on the importance of sharing moments of collective joy with college students. Or maybe you’ll plan an event (virtual, pandemic-safe, or hypothetical) to help a specific group of people build connections, like the Space Gatherings created by Serena Bian in Chapter 6 of Together or the “Drop By Dinner” created by Mia Birdsong in Chapter 7 of How We Show Up. Then, you will do some research to learn more information about your topic, and maybe your audience. Next, you will share your human connection project in an essay in which you introduce your audience, summarize your research findings, share your project, and analyze your creation.
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See below for a more detailed breakdown of the steps:
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Step 1: Develop an idea for your project (including topic, audience, and medium)
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For Essay 4, you will be creating a project (or an overview of a project) related to the importance of human connection. This project should be inspired by an idea we read about this semester (see the list of topic ideas in Activity 4.2) and it should be for a specific audience through a specific medium (see examples above).
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Step 2: Conduct your research
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For this step, you will conduct research to help you learn more about your project. Let’s use the sample project described above of an Instagram page focused on the importance of sharing moments of collective joy with college students as a sample.
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Here are some ideas for research for the sample project:
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The topic you’re focusing on: Why is collective joy an important part of human connection?
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The medium: Why might Instagram be a good way to share this topic with your audience?
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The audience: Why do college students need to know more about collective joy?
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Remember, you’ll need to use one text that we’ve used this semester plus three additional reliable outside sources. You should share audience-appropriate information from all 4 sources in your essay.
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Step 3: Write Your Essay (6-8 pages – minimum 6)
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In this essay, you should include the following parts (not necessarily in this order) You can incorporate ideas found in your research in any of the parts of your essay:
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An introduction to your audience – Tell your readers about your audience: who are they, what’s important to them, and why do you think they need to know more about the importance of human connection?
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A discussion of your specific topic and how it relates to the importance of human connection – How is this specific topic an important element of human connection?
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Describe your project – What is your project? Remember, you don’t actually have to create it, but you do need to describe it.
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An analysis of your project – Share why you decided to share this topic with your audience. That is, why is this information important for them to know? Additionally, you should discuss why you chose this project as a way to share this information with your selected audience. Why is your project the best way to share this information with your selected audience?
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Things to Think About:
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To provide a complete discussion of the topic, aim for 6-8 pages – minimum 6 pages.
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Be sure to use MLA format and include a works cited list.
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Review your essay writing process and feedback from throughout the semester, so you can see the areas you need to improve on for essay
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In order to complete your conference,
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You must have at least part of your essay written.
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Prepare by writing down 1-2 specific questions about your essay. For example, “Can you review my thesis?” or “Can you see if I have organized my paragraphs well?”

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