Essay Assignment 2: Comparison as a Means for Developing Insight
Assigned: Thursday, October 15th
Due: Thursday, October 29th (by Midnight)
Length: 850 – 1000 words (please include a word count at the end of
Format Requirements: All assignments should be double spaced and in 12
point font please! I expect that all assignments will be carefully and
professionally prepared. The writing should be clean, correct, and should
follow the rules of Standard English grammar. Excessive mistakes, grammatical errors, and misspellings are sufficient
grounds for a significant reduction in the grade. Remember that it is important that you reach the length requirements!
essay should include at least two and
no more than three properly formatted and integrated MLA format
parenthetical citations taken from the two articles we have read for this
essay should include a meaningful title
“Every Nook and Cranny: The
Dangerous Spread of Commercialized Culture” by Gary Ruskin and Juliet Schor (p.
487 in our textbook)
“What Isn’t for Sale” by Michael
J. Sandel (p. 492 in our textbook)
Comparison: Finding Connections
As we discussed in class, for
this assignment we will be using two articles devoted to different, yet
related, topics. Utilizing a process of comparison – identifying similarities
and differences – between the two articles, we will be attempting to locate and
identify points of interest or insight that might form the basis for an essay length
Developing a Topic:
While the two essays that you
have been assigned to read for this assignment provide a fairly narrow field in
which to develop your topic, there are obviously a variety of specific topics
or approaches that we might develop for our essay. To help in the initial
process of analysis and topic development, there are a few tried and true approaches
that we can utilize to get the ball rolling.
Cause, Operation, and Effect
Looking for key similarities and
differences in terms of how phenomena such as commercialization and
marketization have come to be, how they operate, and what effects they have can
provide a simple means of narrowing your focus.
The thesis and content of your
essay should provide an answer to the following question:
comparison of the information and themes presented in the two articles assigned
for this essay, what insight can you provide concerning the joint phenomena of
commercialization and marketization?