Eng 101: Composition – Instructor: Muldoon
Essay One: Rereading America “The Myth of Individual Opportunity”
Readings: your choice of at least 3 readings from chapter 3 (or Frank, Kasser, or Thoreau): “The Myth of Individual Opportunity” and at least 2 outside sources located through library research
Essay Focus: “Americans cherish the notion that the United States is a land of unequaled opportunity, where hard work and smart choices yield big results, where no one is stuck on the lower rungs of the economic ladder […but] our reality falls short of our ideals” (Colombo, Cullen, Lisle 242). Consider this belief and/or discrepancy through an analysis of readings and outside sources, using specific details and examples to illustrate your argument. For example you might start by considering the following:
Thesis: Create an original thesis statement (see handout on thesis statements) based on your specific stance on one of the above-listed or other arguments inspired by the chapter readings and class discussion. Your essay must prove your thesis through thoughtful development of your ideas and your original analysis of elements of the readings you chose from the chapter and through outside research.
Essay Format: Your essay must meet page length requirements (1500-2100 words, or 5-7 pages) and be in correct MLA format (see syllabus, handout on format, and submission materials listed above).
Essay Requirements: Your essay should:
(see syllabus, rubric, and targeted handouts)