A summary and response essay over MacKay’s “Organ Sales Will Save Lives.”
Draft, revise, and edit your text to produce a well-organized essay of at least 600 words and not more than 800 in response to one of the readings from week 2. Use the text reading as a source and provide at least 1 outside source.Present your essay in MLA format with correct in-text citations and a Works Cited page.Purpose—Why are we writing this assignment? What does it matter? As the editors of our textbook, The Norton Field Guide to Writing, have observed, “All academic writing is part of a larger conversation” to which you are “adding your own voice.” The process of drafting, peer reviewing, revising,and editing your response to this assignment will help you learn how to first summarizeanother writer’s essay and then to analyze his or her text to answer a question that arises from it.Skills—This assignment requires you to practice the skills of summaryand analysis. These terms can be defined as follows:•Summary requires you to identify and then to state in your own words the main point (thesis) and the key supporting points (perhaps found in topic sentences) of the source essay. A summary is much shorter than the original text. Therefore, you must decide which of the author’s ideas to include and which to leave out.•Analysisis the act of separating something into the elements that constitute it. The word analysiscomes from an ancient Greek word meaning “a breaking up, a loosening, a releasing.” Your analysis of the text should help you find evidence that will support your response to the prompt.Checklist—To earn a “C” or better on the assignment, be sure to do the following things: •Write at least 600 words and not more than 800.•Use MLA format throughout your essay.•Give your essay an interesting and original title.•Include a brief summary of the source essay. Place this summary in the introduction or in the first body paragraph.•State an assertive, insightful, and responsive thesis in the last sentence of your introduction.•Integrate at least one correctly cited quotation or paraphrase from the source text into each of your paragraphs after the introduction.•Begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence that supports the thesis and that organizes the sentences which come after it in the paragraph.•Include MLA documentation. Note that an essay with missing or incorrect MLA documentation may not earn a passing grade.•Integrate an outside source into your essay.
•Proofread your essay. Integrate complex sentence structures into your essay. Reread it to find any fragments, run-ons, subject/verb agreement errors, misspellings, or incorrect punctuation.