ESSAY #3 ASSIGNMENT SHEET For your third—and last—essay of the semester, you may choose to develop an arguable thesis about Kristen Iversen’s book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, or a topic of interest to you related to the book. You also have the option to write about some other current environmental crisis that interests you. In either case, you will do research to find about five-seven secondary sources (academic essays or scholarly articles from peer-reviewed journals, please) with which to support your claims. Along with what you have learned so far in EXPO -25—thesis creation; essay structure; citing; careful sentence-level writing—you’ll now also pursue the challenge of responsible research. Here are the guidelines for the essay:
--It should be 10-12 pages long.
--It should have an interesting academic title, for example:
_________ : ____________ in Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden.
--Its thesis should be made of four-six sentences so that the fullness of your argument can be clearly developed in supporting claims.
--Its body paragraphs should have claims/topic sentences containing key words that refer back to the thesis.
--Its body paragraphs should each contain a direct quote, followed by analysis (your thinking).
--Its direct quotes, summaries and paraphrases must all be cited using MLA in-text parenthetical citations. The essay must have an MLA Works Cited list. Separate page, please.
--Its ideas should move from least important to most important.
--You must include a cover page and a one-page cover letter.
THE FIRST DRAFT OF ESSAY #3 IS DUE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS. PLEASE BRING FOUR COPIES FOR WORKSHOP—ONE FOR YOU, ONE FOR ME, TWO FOR YOUR PEERS. ONE WORKSHOP GROUP WILL HAVE FOUR PEOPLE IN IT; THAT GROUP WILL NEED TO BRING FIVE COPIES (TBA).
TOPICS: SET TOPIC ABOUT IVERSEN’S FULL BODY BURDEN: GROWING UP IN THE NUCLER SHADW OF ROCKY FLATS:
You may choose to develop an argument about any environmental topic about which you’re passionate and to support your argument with credible secondary sources. On the other hand, you may choose to work with the following topic about the power of creative nonfiction as a genre in which to develop an argument about some aspect of what happened at Rocky Flats and what the many implications are for us today.
Begin by identifying the main idea of Iversen’s book; then look at the narrative structure of the book, how the personal and historical stories braid together. How does this braiding make the book’s message stronger than it would have been had it only been memoir (a personal story) or history (a recounting of what went on, over time—and what’s still going on—at the plant)?
What do you want to argue about how Iversen has used the genre of creative nonfiction in a powerful way to find the point of intersection between the personal and the political? How does this book educate? How might it inspire change by stimulating the reader’s emotion?
To pursue this topic, you’ll need to have closely read the Full Body Burden itself, of course, and you’ll need to read serious reviews of the book, which you may or may not use in the essay itself. Other possible secondary sources (5-7) may be about creative nonfiction, the history of problems with nuclear waste, the plant at Rocky Flats, and government policy—past and present—having to do with superfund clean-up, disposal of waste, harm to the population and nature, etc.