Writing Assignment 1: Educational Journey

Writing prompt:

Both Malcolm X and Ivette Dubiel explore aspects of their educational experiences. Dubiel focuses on the effects of poverty, language, and culture on her educational journey, whereas Malcolm X talks about a specific experience on his path to literacy.

Reflect upon the ideas presented in “A Homemade Education,” by Malcolm X, “My Educational Experience,” by Ivette Dubiel, and your own educational experience. Write an essay in which you summarize each of the reading selections and explore a significant experience from your own educational journey.

Introduction paragraph:

Generally, introduce the topic of this essay: educational journeys. Why is this topic important and significant to so many? Why is this topic important and significant to you?
Write a thesis (umbrella statement) to express the overall point you are making in this essay. (Topic + a message for your entire paper.)What is your overall message about the topic of educational journeys, the two reading selections that we read, and your personal example of an educational journey?

Body paragraph 1: Summarize “Homemade Education,” by Malcolm X

In this paragraph, write a summary of the reading selection.
Focus on the information in the reading and DO NOT include your opinions.
FIRST, begin with a strong topic sentence for this paragraph. (Topic + a message for this paragraph.)
Be sure to name the article you are referring to and the author.
Be sure to provide enough information so that your reader, who may or not be in this class, gets an accurate picture of what the author is trying to communicate to us. Be sure to include at least one concrete example from each article.
In this paragraph, write a summary of the reading selection.
Focus on the information in the reading and DO NOT include your opinions.
FIRST, begin with a strong topic sentence for this paragraph. (Topic + a message for this paragraph.)
Be sure to name the article you are referring to and the author.
Be sure to provide enough information so that your reader, who may or not be in this class, gets an accurate picture of what the author is trying to communicate to us. Be sure to include at least one concrete example from each article.
state the ideas in your own words, except for occasionally quoted (and cited) phrases
use consistent third person point of view (no I, we, our, us, you, your)

Body paragraph 2: Summarize “My Educational Experience,” by Ivette Dubiel

state the ideas in your own words, except for occasionally quoted (and cited) phrases
use consistent third person point of view (no I, we, our, us, you, your)

Body paragraph 3: Explain an example or factor that influenced your educational journey.

FIRST, begin this paragraph with a strong topic for this paragraph. (Topic + a message for this paragraph.)
SECOND, describe the experience in full detail.
THIRD, explain the significance or effect on your education after that.
How did this one experience shape your attitudes or behaviors after that time? For example, did it prove that you could conquer a difficult task if you put in the time and effort? Did it come easily and set you up to fail later when other tasks were more difficult? Did it create a pattern that continued?
IN ADDITION, somewhere in the paragraph refer to one of the reading selections that you summarized in body paragraghs one and two. (See examples of how to do this below)
Ex: Like Malcolm X, discusses in his article, “Learning to Read,” I had to practice every day and memorize little bits at a time. Like him, I repeated the material over and over . . .
Ex: I relate to Dubiel’s article, “My Educational Journey,” because I also find that although speaking two languages is a strength for me now, but in my early education, not speaking English well kept me from . . .

Conclusion Paragraph

Restate your thesis statement in a different way and briefly summarize your main points.

also write an outline at the end of essay in a separate page which includes ( List of ideas to include , thesis statement , topic sentences , major details).

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