23 Jan. Sheldon & Elements Academic Writing

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Part I. Quiz 2: Houser & Sheldon

  • 1. Navigate to Canvas
  • 2. Click on Quiz 2: Houser & Sheldon
  • 3. Take 15 mins to respond to the short answer questions–your answers do not need to be in complete sentences

Part II. Please Help the World & Sheldon, “Future”

Let’s chat about the following:
  • 1. According to Sheldon, what is the relationship between the figure of the child (or the blue marble earth) and the future of the earth? What are the advantages/disadvantages to figuring the future in terms of the child? So what?
  • 2. According to Sheldon, what does environmentalism, i.e. discourse and action aimed at protecting human/nonhuman systems from collapse, toxicity, ruin, do well? What are some things that environmentalism gets wrong?
  • 3. What is the goal of Please Help the World? What visual, verbal, and/or audio rhetorical figures the video uses to achieve its goal?  
  • 4. How does Sheldon’s response to Please Help the World and/or her theory of reproductive futurism compare to other authors we have read so far this semester OR how does a contemporary media?

Part III.Guide to writing an Academic Paragraph

Please follow along with the prompts below to produce a draft of PD1 and to also review the element/structure of an expository paragraph:
  • 1. Topic sentence(s): draft a topic sentence or two that responds to the assignment prompt: According to one or more of the authors we have read so far this semester (Cohen, Davies, Houser, or Sheldon), how do our ideas about the future shape society, technology, and/or ecology? 
  • 2. Transition: write 2-3 couple sentences that develop your topic sentence and also set up (announce, contextualize) the citation you will include from the essay you are analyzing.
  • 3. Citation: choose a couple of sentences from Cohen, Davies, Sheldon, and/or Houser’s articles and then cite those sentences in your paragraph.
  • 4. Close Analysis: write 2-4 sentence “close read”/analyze the citation you included from Cohen, Davies, Sheldon, and/or Houser’s articles. What’s the main idea of the passage you cited & how do you know? That is, what phrases, rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), metaphors, or structure in the passage suggests to you what you say the passage means?
  • 5. Conclusion:write 2-3 sentences that tie your analysis back into the larger goal of the paragraph. Now that you have responded to the question with your claim and developed you claim through an analysis of a passage from Cohen, Davies, Sheldon, and/or Houser’s articles, you need to write 2-3 more sentences that put the pieces together for your reader.



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