Writing Seminar – Final Assignment – Due 5/6/2015

This semester, we interacted with several texts included positive, hopeful stories of success. This final assignment is an opportunity for you to revisit some of these texts, solidify your learning, and practice your essay-writing skills. Instructions are below:

Part I: Choose at least two of the texts that we covered in class this semester. Within each of the two texts you choose, locate an example of an inspiring success story. (Note that I am not looking for the author’s life story. I am looking for a specific example of success – either his/her own or someone else’s – that the author provides in order to illustrate a larger point.) Summarize each story in your own words. Include quotes from the texts if helpful. Explain how each of these examples illustrate each author’s overall perspective on success or definition of success (stated or implied). Identify what themes these perspectives/definitions have in common as well as how they differ.

Part II: Locate a success story (from an outside source) that you find personally inspiring. Summarize the story in your own words. How does this author’s perspective/definition of success compare to those that you discussed in Step 1?

Part III: Formulate your own personal working definition of success. Then tell a personal success story of your own from this semester. Explain how this story is meaningful to you. How can you build on this success moving forward?

Your essay should include at least three sources – at least two from the course reading list and at least one outside source.  Please use MLA format. If you need a refresher and/or MLA reference, Purdue OWL’s MLA Formatting and Style Guide is highly recommended.

Papers should be no longer than five pages – double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins.

The full list of course readings is below (listed in MLA format):

  1. Adichie, Chimamanda. “The Danger of a Single Story.” Online video. TED.com. TED, Jul 2009. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.
  2. Burles, Meridith, and Roanne Thomas. “‘But They’re Happening To You At The Wrong Time’: Exploring Young Adult Women’s Reflections On Serious Illness Through Photovoice.” Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice 12.5 (2013): 671-688. PsycINFO. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.
  3. Cuddy, Amy. “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.” Online video. TED.com. TED, Jun. 2012. Web.13 Apr 2015.
  4. De Botton, Alain. “A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success.” Online video. TED.com. TED, Jul. 2009. Web.13 Apr 2015.
  5. Dobbs, David. “The Science of Success.” The Atlantic.com. The Atlantic Monthly Group, 1 Dec. 2009. Web. 13 Apr 2015.
  6. Frankl, Viktor. Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006. Kindle Edition.
  7. Klosterman, Chuck. “Things We Think We Know.” Esquire.com. Hearst Communications, 27 Feb. 2007. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.
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