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Assignment 1: Summary/Response (1,000+ words)

Choose one of the essays that we’ve read and discussed as a class (listed below), and write an extended summary of the essay (“they say”) as well as your response to the arguments made (“I say”). You can use additional essays as support for your own ideas, but you should construct your own argument in response to one particular author. If you use quotes, make sure you “sandwich” them, as described in Chapter 3.

NICHOLAS CARR, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” [p. 313]
DAVID ZINCZENKO, “Don’t Blame the Eater” [p. 462]
JONATHAN HAIDT, “Can a Divided America Heal?” [TED Talk]
RADLEY BALKO, “What You Eat Is Your Business” [p. 466]
DAVID H. FREEDMAN, “How Junk Food Can End Obesity” [p. 506]
MICHAEL POLLAN, “Escape from the Western Diet” [p. 420]
MARY MAXFIELD, “Food as Thought: Resisting the Moralization of Eating” [p. 442]

  • Rough Draft Due 2/13
  • Final Draft Due 2/22, Extra Credit if posted by 2/20

Example Essays:

A Paper

B Paper

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