Exploratory Essay;Banned books.
Purpose: to analyze sources in preparation for the Research Paper
Guide: use pages 35-41 in your Writing Arguments textbook
1. Read the two articles regarding banned books.
2. Refer to page 35 as an overview and pages 36-41, specifically the marginal notes, to guide you in your exploratory writing.
3. Utilize the library and/or library’s database to find at least 3 more scholarly sources (no Wikipedia or other sources that are not credible).
a. More credible sources usually end in .gov, .edu, .org, etc. if referring to a website; the author’s credentials will be listed on the inside cover or at the beginning if referring to a book, article, or journal.
4. Type a 3-5 page paper analyzing your sources.
5. Use APA formatting only.
a. Refer to your Longman Handbook as a guide (pages 416-437 for in-text citations; pages 438-449 for formatting a sample paper)
6. Follow the “Rubric for Paper Assignments” in the back of your course syllabus.
7. Proofread your paper before submitting it.
a. Communications Skills and Writing Lab (Wheatley 326)
b. Writing Center (Nicholson Center 427)
8. Print out your paper.
9. Post your paper to Blackboard by doing the following:
a. Click on the assignment “Paper #1” under Week/Unit
b. Click on “Browse My Computer” under “Assignment Submission” DO NOT TYPE A SUMBISSION DIRECTLY INTO BLACKBOARD! YOU MUST ATTACH A FILE OF THE ASSIGNMENT!
c. Check the box verifying that you agree to post your assignment.
d. Click Submit.
Darkness Too V1s1b1e
Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why
is this considered a good idea?
By MEGHAN COX GURDON
June 4, 2011
Amy Freeman, a 46-year-old mother of three, stood recently in the young-adult section of her local
Barnes & Noble, in Bethesda, Md., feeling thwarted and disheartened.
She had popped into the bookstore to pick up a welcome-home gift for her 13-year-old, who had been
away. Hundreds of lurid and dramatic covers stood on the racks before her, and there was, she felt,
nothing, not a thing, that I could imagine giving my daughter. It was all vampires and suicide and self-
mutilation, this dark, dark stuff.” She left the store empty-handed. I
Journal Community , How dark IS contemporary fictlon for teens? Darker than
when you were a child, my dear: 80 dark that kidnapping
and pederasty and incest and brutal beatings are now just
i part of the run of things in novels directed, broadly
speaking, at children from the ages of 12 to 18.
Pathologies that went undescribed in print 40 years ago,
that were still only sparingly outlined a generation ago, are
now spelled out in stomach-clenching detail. Profanity that would get a song or movie branded with a
parental warning is, in young-adult novels, so commonplace that most reviewers do not even remark
if books show us the world, teen fiction can be like a hall of fun-house mirrors, constantly reflecting back
hideously distorted portrayals of what life is. There are of course exceptions, but a careless young
reader-or one who seeks out depravity-will find himself surrounded by images not of joy or beauty but
of damage, brutality and losses of the most horrendous kinds.
Now, whether you care if adolescents spend their time immersed in ugliness probably depends on your
philosophical outlook. Reading about homicide doesn’t turn a man into a murderer; reading about
if cheating on exams won’t make a kid break the honor code. But the calculus that many parents make is
less crude than that: it has to do with a child’s happiness, moral development and tenderness of heart.
Entertainment does not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it.
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