Paper 3

Part 2

The second part of Paper 3 asks you to produce a blog post (500-700 words) that advances an argument, position, or perspective about some aspect of your identity or an issue related to your identity and interests. Your post should address the following prompts:

  • To give some sort of context to your argument, you need to ground it in some way. You can respond to a recent event, to another text (including anything you have worked with this semester), or any other reference point. In other words, even though you are welcome to advance your own argument, you still need to frame your thinking in terms of a broader conversation around this issue or aspect of your identity.
  • Keep in mind your argument can go in a few different directions (remember our conversations about forwarding, countering, and stasis theory). Also, be mindful of how you support your argument through reasoning and evidence: what will persuade your specific audience?
  • Since this is a blog post, you should also draw on the functionality of WordPress by incorporating images, videos, and/or links. For example, it would help to include links to sources that you draw on or respond to; it would help to include an image or video that supports your argument.

You do not have to include formal citations in your blog post, although I would note that academic blogs normally do include them. Another option would be to embed links to any online sources you draw on. For example, I could link to Molloy if I were using her as a source in my post.