Introducing a new feature of the course:
Request for Response
Every once in a while I will share an essay that is, IMHO, well-written and thought-provoking. I will ask you to comment with an observation on each of those perspectives. Both are designed for you to demonstrate your abilities in the core skill areas associated with Expository Composition. Offering your views on the writing and reasoning will show your ability to analyze a nonfiction text. Responding to strong perspectives with articulate, well-organized arguments will show your critical thinking skills and your ability to collaborate through dis/agreement. The way you write about both topics will show your ability to communicate effectively.
The reason I am calling this feature "Request for Response" instead of making it mandatory is that you are all working independently now, which makes you seem more like colleagues. And when I want a colleague to do something I ask. Nicely. Please share your thoughts. I look forward to reading them.
Please Note: The texts do contain some mature subject matter. The first is an article by Russell Brand in The Guardian discussing the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman and drug policy. The link is after the jump; clicking "Read More" indicates you've previewed the topic and want to read the text.