Turning Off, Dining In

Assignment 1, Milestone 1 Submission: Writing Plan Draft (GRADED) organizing a writing plan In Module One, you did a literal reading of your selected article. In Module Two, you learned some active reading strategies on how to dig a little deeper and apply critical analysis to “Turning Off, Dining In.” Finally, you began to think about the intended audience for your critical analysis essay, and you reflected on your goal in analyzing your selected article. This week, you’ll answer specific questions to help you actively read and analyze your selected reading from Module One in its entirety. During the assignment, you’ll use analysis strategies learned in Module Two to determine the key significance of your selected reading. In doing so, you will respond to the author’s intended goal of the article in a clear and engaging manner and produce a Writing Plan to inform your creation of your Critical Analysis Essay (which will be due in Module 8). The assignment below will ask you to consider how the following critical elements relate to your selected reading: author’s claim* key points* audience* your goal* evidence* feedback* revision* Constructing Your Writing Plan Draft To complete this assignment, first actively re-read your selected article using the analysis techniques mentioned in Module Two. Write new notes (and revise old ones) to help you uncover the deeper meaning of your selected article (do not assume that your initial reading was the correct reading until you compare your notes from Module One with your notes in this Module). After you have finished re-reading the article and writing down new (or revised) notes, you will then build onto your Writing Notes assignment from Module One and determine your strategy for writing your critical analysis essay. This process will allow you to develop a potential structure for effectively communicating and supporting your claim in the critical analysis essay. Your claim will have three components—1) it will clearly state the author’s goal in his/her article, 2) it will identify your reaction to this goal (<link is hidden> do you agree or disagree); and 3) it will explain why you had that reaction to the article (does the author meet his/her goal with the evidence that is presented, does the author ignore counterarguments to try to make his/her article stronger, etc.). The Writing Plan will also be helpful in keeping your thought process on track when you begin writing and revising your essay. Keep in mind that you do not need to answer the questions in any specific order. Each response should be one fully developed paragraph in length (5-8 sentences). As you work on the Writing Plan, remember to refer to the assignment guidelines and rubric (click here) to make sure you’re fulfilling each aspect of the assignment. You can also download/print the rubric. Your responses will be saved to the Notebook, which can be found under the “Course Tools” menu. You can also download all of your responses to a single Word document by following the directions at the bottom of this page. This document must be submitted in your learning environment, and you should check it for errors and formatting prior to submission.

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