What You’re Writing About
After reading Born A Crime, you should see a connection between issues and themes in Trevor Noah’s life and the issues and themes in the essays that you’ve read in They Say, I Say. Discuss what those connections, issues, and themes are that both Noah and the essays in They Say, I Say share. Cite from both books to support your analysis.
Note: Consider this Talking Point as your starting point for your Final Term Essay. This is your exploration of ideas, your intellectual playground about what you might write about for the FTE.
How You’re Writing It
- Your Talking Point is no longer a summary-and-response assignment. Now, it is your academic literary response to a writing prompt, which is based upon specific themes and passages from the reading. In other words, you’re writing short essays as preparation–a build-up–to a larger essay that you will write later–an essay about a theme you understand and interpret from the novel and discussions. Again, no summary paragraph is required as the first paragraph–just start off your Talking Point as an insightful essay of your own thoughts.
- Your Talking Point must be five paragraphs in length, and it must have an introduction with your thesis, a body of support paragraphs that explain your main ideas with descriptive details, and a conclusion that sums up your main ideas and insights about the prompt.
- You must cite a total of four (4) sources to support your ideas. You must cite at least two (2) passages from Born A Crime, and you must cite passages from two (2) essays from They Say, I Say or multimedia, such as online articles or videos, that you’ve studied this semester. Your source citations must be in proper MLA-style format.
- You must have a Works Cited section at the end of your Talking Point. Your Works Cited section must be in proper MLA-style format.
Note: There is no requirement for a summary paragraph of what you’ve read.
If you do not follow the writing requirements, you will receive a zero for only that part of the assignment.