TASK: In this unit’s discussion, you spent time discussing the value of Wikipedia for college students and analyzing various arguments on the issue. Hopefully, you began to see that the subject of Wikipedia is a complex one, with many informed perspectives, angles, and positions. Now, your job is to develop your own position on Wikipedia by entering the critical conversation with an argumentative essay of your own.
To complete this assignment, compose an essay, between about 1,000 and 1,500 words, that expresses your position on the value of Wikipedia for college students. Assume that your readers are college students and college professors — not only your classmates and instructor for EN 105, but also college students across the USA. As you write, show your readers that you understand the “critical conversation” around Wikipedia by including references to this unit’s reading assignments. And, make sure to make a persuasive case for why your readers should share your perspective on Wikipedia.
One of your goals in this assignment should be to make careful use of reasons to support your claims. As you learned in your reading and this unit’s mini-lectures, reasons can take many forms. You might think about including relevant anecdotes from your own experience, describing your observations, using explicit logic and reasoning, creating a striking comparison, or analyzing patterns of facts and data. You may use outside sources, provided that they add to your argument in some way. Remember that experienced writers use outside sources to provide context to their own perspectives.
COVER LETTER: include a brief cover letter (no more than 300 words) that answers the following questions:
- What is your purpose in this assignment? What is it you are trying to do or say in this piece of writing?
- What are you proud of about this assignment?
- What challenges did you face while completing this assignment?
- What sorts of feedback do you want from your instructor on this assignment?