Niteo Final Paper (due December 3)

Choose one of the options below:


OPTION ONE: Response Paper


Write a two to three page response paper on “The Science of Success” (2009) by David Dobbs.  Your essay should include[1]:

  • An accurate, concise summary of the article
  • Well-developed statements about the article’s ideas or quality
  • Reasons and evidence for your statements

[1] From Troyka, L.Q. and Hesse, D. (2013). “Effective Response Essays.” Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers. p. 235.

For more resources on how to write a response paper, see below:

Tips on Writing a Good Response Paper

Handy Dandy Guide to Writing a Reaction Paper

Writing a Reaction or Response Essay

OPTION TWO: Text Analysis


Writer a four to five page analysis of “The Science of Success” (2009) by David Dobbs. Choose an analytical approach from “Advanced Power Tools for Opening Up a Text” Williamson (2009).  Your essay should include:

  • An accurate, concise summary of the article
  • A well-developed thesis statement
  • Evidence from the text to support your statement.

Depending on your approach, you may choose to include outside sources.

For more resources on how to write a textual analysis, see below:

How to Write an A+ Text Analysis

How to Write a Critical Analysis

OPTION THREE: Research Paper


Write a five to six page research paper, using “The Science of Success” (2009) by David Dobbs as a jumping off point.  The paper topic can be of your choosing, though the paper itself must include:

  • An accurate summary of the Dobbs article (can be brief, depending on your focus)
  • A well-developed research question
  • Information, from the text itself and from at least two outside sources, that addresses your question

Your sources should be reliable and make a substantial contribution to your paper.  In other words, using a Wikipedia entry alone is not sufficient, and a definition from the dictionary is not significant enough to be counted as a contribution from an outside source.

For more resources on how to write a research paper, see below:

The Documented Essay/Research Paper: General Guidelines

Evaluating Internet Sources

Writing a Research Paper

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