Assignment 1

Select one of the following articles.

  1. Read it.
  2. Write a 2 paragraph summary including:
    • The main ideas in the essay.
    • The author's bias or perspective
    • Evidence presented
  3. Write a 1 paragraph opinion responding to the author.

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Atlantic Monthly, July/August 2012
The End of Men, Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic, July/August 2010
All the Single Ladies, Kate Bolick, The Atlantic, November 2011


Write a brief reflective essay examining, relating and reflecting on the issues raised by the video.

(This is intentionally broad... take it in whatever direction you wish.)

In a reflective essay, you can and should use phrases like:

  • I wonder...
  • If ...
  • Perhaps...
  • This made me feel...
  • I...

A reflective essay must:

  • Show a deep understanding of the topic by exploring ideas, raising questions, or making connections.

A reflective essay could:

  • Discuss a question raised that went unanswered.
  • Discuss a moral question that concerns you.
  • Discuss ideas raised by the video that connect to other topics we've studied.
  • Discuss the author's bias or perspective in relation to that of your own.
  • Discuss a change in your perspective, or how your own views were reinforced by the material.

A reflective essay can, but doesn't necessarily need to:

  • Use statistics.
  • Include outside research.