Writing About Education

Critical Summaries
1 page summary of Tom Moore “Movie Fantasy vs. Classroom Reality”
2 page summary and rhetorical evaluation of Fan Shen “The Classroom and the Wider Culture: Identity as a Key to Learning English Composition”

Personal Essay
Model essays: Alfred Lubano “The Shock of Education: How College Corrupts” and Kevin Jennings “American Dreams”
Write a 4-page essay describing a moment when school culture and home culture came into conflict or when you witnessed such a conflict in another student. Or write an 4-page essay describing one scene of cultural interaction in Marymount’s cafeteria or campus coffee shop or shuttle bus etc.

Research Essay
5-6 page research project that includes the summary and synthesis of 4+ secondary sources as well as field research – interviews, observations, surveys. This essay will focus on some issue of higher eduction that, ideally, you discovered when you wrote the personal essay. Your imagined audience (future or current college students or college administrators or faculty or parents) will drive the content of the essay.

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