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Writing Assignment 2- Instruction Sheet

   

Pride
  Envy

   Anger
  Greed

Lust
  Gluttony

Sloth 

Vices are traits of character that make life go badly for people.

Instructions: The vices listed above are commonly referred to as “The Seven Deadly Sins”. Your job is to decide which ONE of the seven is the WORST vice to possess and make an argument that explains what makes it worse than the others on the list. Be careful not to make an argument that includes two or tries to address both sides. The purpose of this essay is to inform and persuade the reader that ONE of these sins supersedes all others. Use examples from Serial, the OJ series/case, Galileo articles, any of our serial killer notes, etc. One approach might be to choose which killer you think was the worst and focus on how the specific vice caused him to go down this path to destruction. Consider which sin has the most lasting effects or severe consequences and why. 

Possible information to include in your essay:

o What is __________ (envy, greed, etc.)?
o Why is ___________ so bad? How is __________ a poison that hurts both others and oneself?
o What virtue is the opposite of ________? What are some ways to get rid of ________ from our lives?

· Use at least two CREDIBLE outside sources in addition to the podcast scripts (try to use at least 2 references to secondary sources in each body paragraph). Make sure that you cite your sources correctly. Use plenty of specific, concrete examples to support your argument. Write clearly and coherently. Focus on effectively using the rhetorical strategies we have discussed in class (see Rhetorical Devices sheet or the Thank You for Arguing pdf on D2L for more info on this if you need ideas on what this should look like in context). Also, there are numerous examples of essays on D2L for you to peruse. 

· Be sure to format your essay according to MLA (12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced, labeled correctly, title, etc.). 

Writing Assignment 2- Instruction Sheet

Pride Envy

Anger Greed

Lust Gluttony

Sloth

Vices are traits of character that make life go badly for people.

Instructions: The vices listed above are commonly referred to as “The Seven Deadly Sins”. Your job is to decide which ONE of the seven is the WORST vice to possess and make an argument that explains what makes it worse than the others on the list. Be careful not to make an argument that includes two or tries to address both sides. The purpose of this essay is to inform and persuade the reader that ONE of these sins supersedes all others. Use examples from Serial, the OJ series/case, Galileo articles, any of our serial killer notes, etc. One approach might be to choose which killer you think was the worst and focus on how the specific vice caused him to go down this path to destruction. Consider which sin has the most lasting effects or severe consequences and why.

Possible information to include in your essay:

o What is __________ (envy, greed, etc.)? o Why is ___________ so bad? How is __________ a poison that hurts both others and oneself? o What virtue is the opposite of ________? What are some ways to get rid of ________ from our lives?

· Use at least two CREDIBLE outside sources in addition to the podcast scripts (try to use at least 2 references to secondary sources in each body paragraph). Make sure that you cite your sources correctly. Use plenty of specific, concrete examples to support your argument. Write clearly and coherently. Focus on effectively using the rhetorical strategies we have discussed in class (see Rhetorical Devices sheet or the Thank You for Arguing pdf on D2L for more info on this if you need ideas on what this should look like in context). Also, there are numerous examples of essays on D2L for you to peruse.

· Be sure to format your essay according to MLA (12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced, labeled correctly, title, etc.).

Step 1- Write your thesis statement and have it approved

Step 2- Write your topic sentences and have them approved

Step 3- Type or write a complete outline of your essay (example given in class—document on D2L)

Step 4- Visit the writing center with your outline; compose a draft, reread, and edit. Have MORE than one person (tutor, professor, friend, peer) read and edit your essay.

Step 5- Read, revise, and edit draft and make corrections. Check the feedback sheet and formal writing rules as well as notes from your first assignment before submitting to the WA2 drop box. (Must be saved as either Word, RTF, or PDF file before submitting to DB).