Thursday, February 03, 2011

paper 1 for golden gate park first-year seminar

Paper 1 for Golden Gate Park

1. In the last two weeks, we have read and discussed the first two chapters of Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein's They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. In "'They Say': Starting with What Others Are Saying," we learned how to introduce our thesis and connect it to a larger conversation; in "'Her Point Is': The Art of Summarizing," we learned about the "believing game" when summarizing and how to direct your summary towards the topics of your paper.

2. Also during this time, we read and discussed three chapters from Raymond H. Clary's Making of Golden Gate Park: The Early Years: 1865-1906. In particular, we learned about some of the early negotiations and developments of the park as well as some of its key players.

3. For paper 1, use the writing moves from They Say/I Say to discuss one aspect of the early history of Golden Gate Park. You are free to select any aspect as long as you use material from Clary's Making of Golden Gate Park. Your paper should be three pages, typed, and double-spaced.

4. Although you will have plenty of opportunities this semester to explore creatively and in depth the past, present, and future of Golden Gate Park, the purpose of this paper is less about the park and more about highlighting your understanding and mastery of the writing moves discussed in They Say/I Say.

5. I expect and require you to thoroughly edit your paper. If I find three or more errors - spelling, grammar - I will stop reading your paper, return it to you, and ask you to re-edit and re-submit. When editing your paper, please consider reading it out loud. Also, consider swapping your paper with another student or students and edit each others' work.

6. Paper 1 is due in class on Thursday, February 10. No late work accepted.

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