Essay #3: In the Heights research essay 6.5 pages Relevant Course Learning Outco

Essay #3: In the Heights research essay 6.5 pages
Relevant Course Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to write an essay in which they will analyze passages/texts from a literary source(s) and provide insightful analysis that looks at word choice, implications, connotations, and/or gaps in the text.
Students will be able to write an essay, based on one or two assigned literary texts, that will focus on supporting a thesis and topic sentences with textual evidence and with integrated quotes that show rather than tell, and (along with citations) are integrated smoothly into the analysis.
Purpose of this assignment:
The purpose of this assignment is for you to learn how to research and write about a topic. You will synthesize the information from the play and various sources in a thesis driven essay. This exercise will help you become a better critical thinker in applying solutions to a relevant social problem.
The Prompt:
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play In the Heights explores various social themes, such as gentrification, poverty in immigrant communities, tensions between people of different races/ethnicities, and access to education for people from low-income areas.
For this assignment, your job is to discuss how one of the above themes poses a social problem in In the Heights and how to solve this problem.
In the first part of your essay, explain what argument you think the play makes about this topic.
In the second part of your essay, describe some possible ways to solve the problem in question.
Use textual support from the play and from outside sources.
Analyze the evidence to show how it supports your point. The type of analysis you’ll be doing in this essay is a little different than for previous essays in this class. When analyzing the play, you should still close read for literary elements, but when it comes to analyzing the outside sources, that will not be necessary; instead, show how it supports your main point. See the General Essay Outline for more guidance.
Note: You may choose to write about another social theme in the play that is not listed here, but please consult with me first.
Sample Outlines and Thesis Statements:
Thesis/outline #1:
Thesis: In the Heights ultimately shows that gentrification has a negative influence on the lives of the people who live in the neighborhood being gentrified, which points to the need for individuals in a community to be involved in the improvement of their own neighborhood.
Introduction
Problem (1-3 body paragraphs): How gentrification negatively influences the lives of the people who live in the neighborhood being gentrified.
Body paragraph model (repeat as needed):
Topic Sentence
Evidence from the play
Analysis
Evidence from source about the play
Analysis
Bring evidence together (and relate back to the play)
Solutions (2 – 4 body paragraphs): Why it’s important for individuals in a community to be involved in the improvement of their own neighborhood.
Body paragraph model (repeat as needed):
Topic Sentence
Evidence from a source
Analysis
Evidence from a source
Analysis (connect back to play)
Bring evidence together
Conclusion
Thesis/outline #2:
Thesis: Nina’s struggle to succeed at Stanford makes apparent the difficulties college students who come from low-income neighborhoods face. Ultimately, students from low-income neighborhoods must be given the appropriate resources to succeed in college.
Introduction
Problem (1-3 body paragraphs): Difficulties for low-income college students
Topic Sentence
Evidence from the play
Analysis
Evidence from source about the play
Analysis
Bring evidence together
Solutions (2 – 4 body paragraphs): What resources could be provided to help college students who come from low-income neighborhoods succeed in college
Topic Sentence
Evidence from a source
Analysis
Evidence from a source
Analysis (connect back to play)
Bring evidence together
Conclusion
Criteria:
Your introduction must hook your reader and briefly summarize the play as it relates to your topic.
Your thesis must be the last sentence of your introduction and must reveal your overall position (the problem and solution).
Each topic sentence should reveal a specific point that links back to your thesis.
For support, you must use the play AND at least 5 outside sources. At least 1 source must be directly about In the Heights. The rest can be about your chosen topic. You can find many sources on ELAC’s library website through Gale Literary Sources, EBSCO databases, Opposing Viewpoints, and the other library databases to which the college subscribes. You must use each source at least once in the essay to support your argument. I recommend that, aside from the source about In the Heights, you focus on finding sources that include ideas for solutions to the problem posed in your essay.
In your conclusion, don’t merely reiterate your points. Be sure to also push forward your argument in some way.
Your essay must reach at least 6 pages.
Your essay must be free of grammar errors.
You must follow MLA format in your in-text citations and the works cited page (do NOT include your annotated bibliography and be sure to include a citation for the play!).
Remember to turn in your proof of tutoring visit (for extra credit) on the day the essay is due.
Additional guidance/resources:
Also available in Canvas in Essay 3 Assignment information, be sure to use the following resources as you write your essay:
General Essay Outline
Essay rubric
Student Sample research essay
Essay 3 explanation video
General Essay Outline Video
Rubrics Video
Essay 3: three paragraphs OR complete outline Due 22 May 1 page
Purpose of this assignment:
The purpose of this assignment is for you to begin writing a draft of the upcoming essay and to allow your instructor to provide you with some feedback that you can use in the revision process. It also gives you the opportunity to think about how you will use a supplemental source in your essay.
The prompt:
Post three paragraphs of your essay here, indicating if they’re body paragraphs, an intro, or conclusion.
OR
Post a complete outline of your essay. This must include a rough thesis, the topic you plan to discuss in each body paragraph, and at least one quote you plan on using (with a brief explanation for how you will use it). It’s okay if you don’t have ALL the quotes selected for ALL body paragraphs.

Essay #3: In the Heights research essay 6.5 pages Relevant Course Learning Outco
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