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    Book Review on The Medium is the Message


    Book Review: The Medium is the Message by Marshall McLuhan

    First Part -Reading response and summary of the book

    Second part -Please write half page about the book’s aspects that you think are no longer relevant or applicable to today’s cultural and technological context and explain why it is irrelevant (Please look back to the 3rd question of my professor’s requirement). You need to provide examples to support your ideas.

    Third part –Please write half page about the visual design of the book in relation to its verbal arguments (Please look back to the 2nd question of my professor’s requirement).

    Summary -1/3 to half page

    Pages: 4, double spaced

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    Blackish Interpersonal Conflict


    Interpersonal Conflict in Television
    Before you complete this paper, you must do the following:

    Read this sample of a high quality paperPreview the document from a previous class.
    Do the How to Write Your Week Four Paper (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.training.
    Take the Week 4 Paper Quiz.
    Choose one television show from the list provided below:

    This television show can be found for no charge with closed captioning at ABC (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
    NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
    This television show can be found for no charge with closed captioning at CBS (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
    Modern Family
    This television show can be found for no charge with closed captioning at ABC (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
    The Big Bang Theory
    This television show can be found for no charge with closed captioning at CBS (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
    This television show can be found for no charge with closed captioning at ABC (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
    Watch one episode of one of the above television programs and identify and describe one interpersonal conflict that was not handled effectively. Remember, you should focus on one exchange, not the entire plot of the episode. Based on what you have learned in Chapters 8 and 9 of Bevan and Sole (2014), write a two-page paper explaining why the conflict was not handled effectively and describe the strategies that could have been used to resolve this conflict. Be sure to focus on one particular interpersonal conflict and not the television show as a whole. The television programs can be found in syndication, weekly on air, and through the links provided above.

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    Zootopia Screenplay Synopsis


    Zootopia Screenplay Synopsis

    Read a screenplay and do a synopsis (2 pages double-spaced).
    Sum up the synopsis by giving your assessment of the screenplay.
    What did the writer do to hold your attention, or did they fail to hold your attention, and why?
    Identify what the central conflict is in the story.
    State the protagonist’s main desire.

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    Emily Dickinson Review


    * How did this particular artist move beyond the norms of conventional society to establish an “eccentric” identity? In what ways might this artist be considered “mad”?

    * What personality traits contributed to this artist’s distinct brand of genius?

    * What key ideas do you associate with the work of this artist? Focus on one or two representative works that enable you to illustrate how these ideas animated the artist’s creative vision.

    * How might you relate this artist’s accomplishment to your own creative life?

    What did this artist’s life and work teach you about “Genius”?

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    Perspective Paper – Husak, “Four Points about Drug Decriminalization”


    PHIL 202: Ethics

    Perspective Paper: Requirements

    Topic: Decriminalization or legalization of drugs in the US. You will need to specify whether you’re writing about decriminalization or legalization, and specify which drugs you’re addressing.

    Readings:       Alexander, from The New Jim Crow

    Husak, “Four Points about Drug Decriminalization”

    Marneffe, “Against the Legalization of Heroin”

    Sher’s reply to Husak (recommended, not required)

    Shapiro’s reply to de Marneffe (recommended, not required)

    Requirements: Papers missing any of these elements will not receive credit.

    1. ****Most important**** Use one of the two paper structure outlines on the next page. Don’t skip anything—all 8 paragraphs are required in exactly the order given. Don’t skip any paragraphs and don’t add any.
    2. Formatting requirements:
      1. Do not include your name anywhere on the document or the file name.
      2. Minimum word count: 750. Maximum: ~900 words. Aim for this maximum, but don’t worry if it goes over a bit.
      3. Proofread for grammar and spelling (max. 5 mistakes).
      4. This paper should be a formal, professional piece of writing. You may use ‘I’, ‘me’, and ‘my’, but do not use slang.
      5. Indent the first line of each new paragraph. Do not include Roman numerals.
    3. Quotations:
      1. Required: Include at least 2 quotations from at least 2 of the readings listed above. The quotations should be relevant to your case and should not be taken out of context. DO NOT use any sources outside these 4 readings.
      2. Quotations should be followed by the author’s name and the page number in parentheses, like this (Husak 221).
      3. You don’t need a Works Cited page.
    4. In the introduction (first paragraph):
      1. Specify whether you will talk about legalization or decriminalization, and specify which drugs you’ll talk about.
      2. Have a clear thesis statement as the last sentence of the first paragraph. The thesis statement will state what you’re going to do or prove in the paper (ex: I will show that Husak’s arguments in favor of drug decriminalization fail.).
    5. Arguments must address the moral dimensions of this issue rather than merely the factual. What this means: every time you give a fact, you must connect it to a value. (For example, if you believe heroin shouldn’t be legal because it’s highly addictive, you need to explain why addiction is bad or wrong, and why our government ought to control it.)
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    American Literature Albert Einstein


    English 3 Research Paper

    Purpose: Research writing is a process in which the writer identifies a topic or question to be answered. The writer locates and evaluates information about the topic or question, and then organizes, summarizes, and synthesizes the information into a finished product. In this paper, you will discuss an American person from the 19th or 20th century who made a large impact on society.

    Assignment: Write a research product that:

    1. Uses evidence to support an argument (how your person made an impact)
    2. Integrates information and ideas from multiple sources
    3. Makes distinctions between the value of the information or evidence used
    4. Integrates direct quotes, paraphrases, and summaries
    5. Uses internal citations (parenthetical notations)
    6. Includes a works cited page
    7. Demonstrates proper usage of MLA format


    • The paper must be a minimum of 1000 words in length
    • The paper must conform to MLA format

    Proposal Argument: The research paper is going to be written as an Impact Proposal Argument.

    (your chosen topic) impacted society by (your argument).

    Argument Structure:

    1. Description of the topic
    2. Impact on society
    3. How that impact is significant today
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    Paper #1 on Katsu’s Musui’s Story


    Paper #1 on Katsu’s Musui’s Story

    Background.  During the late Tokugawa, Japanese society was starting to fall apart.  People were questioning their hierarchical society and that their rank and status were based on their family, not on their own accomplishments.  Peasants and outcastes were expressing their resistance and anger at being exploited and at having no legal recourse to improve their situation.  Samurai were also questioning Confucian morality vs. personal pleasure; obedience vs. personal expression; and their traditional role as fighters vs. a newer role as administrators.

    Prompt:  Using Katsu as an example, show how society, particularly class structure and rigid hierarchy, is changing and breaking down during the Late Tokugawa.

    HINT: Particularly look at honor, status, respect, and prestige (big concerns of Katsu’s).  How is his way of gaining these things different than a traditional samurai’s?

    The paper should include:

    A brief paragraph describing the four classes of society that make up the traditional Confucian class society: Samurai, Peasants, Artisans, and Merchants (i.e. provide a baseline for how it was before).

    Spend the majority of the paper exploring how and why these categories are being maintained and/or challenged during this era.  (If some classes are not talked about in the book, it is ok to mainly neglect them in the paper).

    This is NOT a research paper where you have to go find additional sources.  Your challenge is to mine THIS book, a primary source, to find specific examples and proof for the changes you describe.

    Writing a good first paragraph:  Make sure you identify the time and place under discussion (“Late Tokugawa era Japan”).  Identify the book you will analyze (Katsu’s Musui’s Story).  State your THESIS (your main argument), which should answer the questions in the prompt.  Set out the direction for rest of paper.

    Here’s an example of how the paper might start:       “Using Katsu’s Musui’s Story, this paper shows how class structure (or society) is breaking down in A, B, and C ways during the late Tokugawa.  Instead, samurai seem to be doing D, E, and F.”

    Then provide specific proof from the book to back up what you are saying.  Then speculate (briefly) on why this change is happening.

    Due date:  The paper is due Wednesday February 15th.  No late papers are accepted.  The paper must be handed in TWO ways.  1. It must be posted to the D2L drop box.  2. A hard copy must be handed in at the beginning of class on Feb. 15th.

    Formatting:  This paper should be 4 pages long, double-spaced, written in a 12 pt font, with one inch margins, with page numbers.  Papers that are clearly short will be marked down.  The paper must have a title.  The title and your name should be two lines only (i.e. don’t take up half a page with this)

    Referencing:  Any time you refer to a specific point from the story or you quote, it should be referenced.  Your reference should look like this: (Katsu, page #).  If you use the textbook or lecture, reference them like this (Ebrey, page #) or (lecture, date).  Please do NOT quote from the textbook.  If you use an outside source, use the last name of the first author listed and a page number.

    Bibliography:  All papers must have a bibliography on a separate (5th) page.  Make sure all items use proper bibliographic form.  For example:

    Katsu Kokichi. Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1988.

    If you use an internet source (which I do not advise), you must provide not only the address, but also the title, author, publishing information/institution, and the date that you checked it

    A note on Asian Names:  Please note that in East Asian countries, the surname (last name) is written first and the personal name is written second.  When referring to any of the characters, please use their last names.  For example, use Katsu, not Kokichi.

    A note on the textbook:  Please note that in terms of time period this text is most associated with Chapter 19 in the textbook.

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    Do cellphones and social media make us more or less connected and bonded


    Do cellphones and social media make us more or less connected and bonded?
    My argument is that they make us more connected but less bonded.
    Write the essay around this topic.
    You can use up to 3 sources.
    5 Pages

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    Writing 39C Advocacy Essay – Burnout


    An Advocacy Essay

    Like the HCP Project, the main assignment here is a multi-modal composition that uses various rhetorical positions and different types of evidence to make an argument. This one, however, is a bit different from the first in that over the course of these next few weeks, as you research and evaluate various sources, and as you draft, craft and organize your thoughts and evidence, you will at some point have to make a decision to become an advocate for a solution/policy to your central problem. Your argument for advocating a solution/policy in combination with the analytical reasons you provide for why you have chosen to focus on a particular solution/policy will after weeks and weeks of diligent engagement become a richly-textured thesis statement, one that deepens your articulation of the problem at hand and argues for a convincing way to move forward.

    Important notes about the Advocacy Project:

    1. Your solution must be apolicy that you find in your research  this is a requirement. A policy is a definite course of action.  For more information about policies, see UCI’s library webpage on Advocacy Project Sources.
    2. Your solution/policy may not be implemented where you have defined the problem – the solution/policy must either be proposed (i.e. not implemented yet) or the solution/policy may be implemented outside the location of your problem (i.e. advocate for a current policy in NY to be implemented in CA, if CA is where you have defined your problem).
    3. 3. While you will be advocating for a solution/policy in this paper, it is important to understand that your solution/policy will likely not solve the entire social/cultural/political problem – these are complex issues that are current problems because there is no simple singular “solution.” Thus, your task for the advocacy project is to find the best solution/policy to minimize your chosen social/cultural/political problem. What policy will minimize the problem the most?

    You should use at least 10 sources. Use the APA system for citing your sources.


    1. Causation Argument: What are the root causes of the problem? Does your policy address those causes more effectively than other solutions?
    2. Coverage/Comprehensiveness Argument: Does your policy satisfactorily address the problem for a significant number of those people most affected by the problem? (You will need to show how many people, or what groups of people, will be affected by your solution.)
    3. Cost/Benefit Argument: Do the policy’s benefits exceed its costs? (Remember that not all costs are financial– time/effort/inconvenience etc can also count as costs.)
    4. Feasibility Argument: Is your policy feasible? Is it more realistic than other solutions? Is it easy to implement? Does it have enough support from significant parties to make it likely to be implemented?
    5. Comparison Argument: Has a similar policy worked significantly well in another comparable context?
    6. Anticipating the Opposition: What arguments do opponents of your policy make? (They might argue directly against your policy, or they might advocate a different policy.) How can you answer those arguments? It’s best if you can find real arguments made by real people that you can quote and cite, but you can also imagine what an opponent might say if you must.


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