Kevin Kelly’s essay “Better than Human”
This is the full description of Major Writing Project 1 (MWP 1): Write an argument in which you summarize Kevin Kelly’s essay “Better than Human” and respond to his essay with your own “I say.” Note that quoting (giving evidence) is a key element in this paper. Your paper should include the following parts.
- Introduction: Your first paragraph should introduce the writer, state the title of the essay and give a brief summary statement about Kelly’s essay. When introducing the writer, make sure you include basic information — a sentence — about Kelly. To find out basic information about Kelly, see the biographical information about him on the first page of his essay. Note that Kevin Kelly identifies as a man. Your introduction should conclude with your thesis: a summary of your “I say” in relation to your “They Say.”
- “They Say”: Write an extended summary of Kevin Kelly’s essay, “Better than Human.” This paragraph should give a more developed summary of Kelly’s essay, making sure that you inhabit the worldview of the author (play the “believing game”). Make sure you use signal verbs and that you use quotes correctly and appropriately. Your introduction and your “they say” sections should together be about 1.5 pages.
- “I Say”: Write your response to the arguments made in Kevin Kelly’s essay, “Better than Human.” You can use additional essays as support for your ideas, or you can include your own ideas. Regardless of how you do it, this section (“I say”) should put forward your own argument in response to Kelly. Make sure you use quotes correctly and appropriately. Make sure you use a direct, no-nonsense formula to signal agreement/disagreement/combination.
- Your paper should end with a short concluding paragraph that includes your “return sentence” and a re-statement of your thesis (do not simply repeat your thesis word-for-word). Your “I say” and your concluding paragraph should together be about 1.5 pages.