Pandemic’s Impact on Students
Topic: The pandemics impact on students. For this paper refine the focus to study one of the underlying problems in education delivery and cost that the current crisis has highlighted. In other words, the crisis is shedding a light on problems inherent in the system. You could focus on the problem of college students in rural areas, college tuition, student loan debt, access to digital technology, or the value of online learning. Your main tasks in Essay 1 are to (1) develop a persuasive, analytical argument that defines a current, pressing educational/political/social/cultural problem related to the class theme Challenging Authority and Inspiring Social Change. (2) explain at least 2 effects of your problem on the lives of individuals or groups, in order to convince your audience of the urgency of that problem. (3) summarize and critically evaluate at least 2 perspectives, conversations, and/or debates made by credible scholars and organizations about your problem. (4) incorporate a variety of credible sources to support your argument, including at least 2 texts written by experts in the field to help you frame the problem and support your argument. Essay Requirements Minimum of 1,250 words, double-spaced (including Works Cited) 6 credible, library-quality sources (including at least 2 texts written by experts in the field), correctly integrated into your own argument and cited correctly using MLA 8th edition formatting Organization that supports the thesis and helps readers follow your argument Clear, error-free sentences in academic English Overview of Essay Components Introductory paragraph(s) The introduction is where you attract the attention of your academic audience, providing important information about a specific problem and its seriousness in order to make them care about that problem. In doing so, you will – Engage your readers interest in the problem. – Define the current problem (this should include defining any key terms related to your topic). – Establish the fact that it is a problem that has not already been solved (this may involve summarizing, paraphrasing, and/or quoting from your sources briefly or using convincing statistics). – Write a focused thesis (two or three sentences) that establishes WHAT the problem is, WHO is harmed and the nature and extent of that harm (i.e., the EFFECTS of the problem), and WHY it is an important and pressing problem that an audience of your peers should be worried about solving. Body paragraphs (at least 4) Body paragraphs should define the problem or situation as it exists today, illustrate its effects on individuals or groups, and depict the current debates about the problem all of this should serve to demonstrate what the problem is, illustrate its complexity, and show why the readers should care about it. You will – Focus each paragraph or set of paragraphs on one of the following: o a defining characteristic of the problem to help readers understand the shape and scope of the problem (for example, how does the problem occur? where does it occur most frequently? how often does it occur?) o a specific effect of the problem on individuals in order to help readers understand why they should care about the problem o a particular debate, perspective, or argument about your problem, as articulated by credible people and organizations, to help readers understand the complexity of the problem – Begin each paragraph with a focused topic sentence – Smoothly incorporate evidence from credible research sources to support your claims; 2 of the 6 sources can be multimodal sources (e.g., photographs, maps, charts, infographics). – Please note: Essay 2 will ask you to define the specific problem as it currently exists by showing its effects on individuals and depicting current debates about that problem; in the next essay, you will give an account of the origins/history of the problem, so do not include that information in this essay. For this essay, focus on the problem as it exists now. Conclusion The conclusion leaves a lasting impression on your reader about your argument, research quality, and academic ethos. The conclusion can – Reiterate the seriousness of the problem and the importance of its urgent resolution. – Engage the readers emotions. You might appeal to the values of morality, activism, or compassion for the people critically affected by your problem. – Reconnect to the broader context of your problem (e.g., equality, free speech). How are your ideas relevant to a discussion of these issues? What new insights are you bringing to the conversation?