ESSAY #2 PROMPT: IN-CLASS POSITION PAPER
Liberty and Justice for the Poor?
PLEASE STAPLE THIS PROMPT/RUBRIC TO THE TOP OF YOUR ESSAY
UNIT 2 IMPORTANT
Monday, Oct 22: Essay
Wednesday, Oct. 24:
Wednesday, Nov. 07:
Rough Draft Due for
Monday, Nov. 12: No
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Final
Draft Due (Essay #3)—
--This assignment requires
Engl 099 writers to:
1. Read and respond to a
2. Compose college-level
3. Produce an academic
summary of a text or
--Unit 2 Class Texts Listed
on Separate Page
This assignment MUST satisfactorily complete the requirements
outlined in the rubric for credit.
You have one class compose an academic in-class essay that
demonstrates critical engagement with our class content. This
assignment asks you to analyze and respond to a complex topic
by using and referencing class readings and discussions. Your
essay should respond to the prompt in about 4-6 paragraphs in
You are invited to use any of your notes and annotated readings
as you write your essay. You may also come to class with an
outline of your essay prepared. You may not, however, prewrite ANY part of your essay prior to the scheduled in-class
Prompt Question [Summarize and Respond]
So far for this unit, we’ve looked at a collage of information
regarding the role and influence of money on the lives of
individuals. We’ve read articles and watched several videos,
each looking closely at a specific issue connecting to poverty
and/or social mobility or quality of life.
Please choose one specific topic connecting to the issue of
poverty (e.g. housing, taxes, school resources, race, etc).
Explain/Describe/Summarize the issue in an informed and
concrete/specific way. (Use at least ONE source)
THEN respond to the issue by explaining you feel it shows
how LIBERTY and JUSTICE are accessible or NOT
accessible to all or most people in the US.
(Use at least ONE source)
Make sure you are able to reference a total of at least TWO
class texts (yes, you can pick any from the previous unit) in this
Essay Grading Rubric
GRADING RUBRIC/ESSAY REQUIREMENTS
IN YOUR ESSAY, BE SURE TO:
Include an introductory paragraph that contains necessary background information AND
a clear and focused thesis that answers the essay prompt.
Write well-organized body paragraphs that clearly support your thesis using topic sentences
(aka subclaims), evidence and examples, and analysis of your support. [S-E-A-S]
Provide a concluding paragraph that connects to your thesis and points to a larger
significance of the conversation—remember to answer, “so what?”
Accurately summarize the issue in an informed and concrete/specific way by providing
sufficient background information.
Respond to your chosen issue by explaining you feel it shows how LIBERTY and
JUSTICE are accessible or NOT accessible to all or most people in the US.
Include specific and descriptive evidence from a total of TWO sources—one when you
describe the issue; the other when you respond to the issue.
When referencing a text, include necessary summary and context for people who are
unfamiliar with it.
➢ Additional Requirements
Meet the 4 to 6 paragraph requirement with paragraphs that stays focused and on topic.
Follow basic MLA formatting when using sources.
LIST OF UNIT 2 CLASS TEXTS
Ehrenreich, Barbara. “How the Poor Are Made to Pay for Their Poverty.” The Guardian, 18 may
Garcia-Navarro, Lulu. “'Entitled' Millennials Have It Harder Than the Previous Generation,
Writer Says.” NPR, 7 Jan 2018. https://www.npr.org/2018/01/07/576301190/millennialsand-the-economy
Kristof, Nicholas. “Prudence or Cruelty?” The New York Times, 16 Nov. 2013
Reich, Robert. “The Rise of the Working Poor and the Non-Working Rich.” HuffPost, 30 March
Strauss, Valerie. “Five Stereotypes about Poor Families and Education.” Washington Post, 28
Oct. 2013. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/28/fivestereotypes-about-poor-families-and-education/?utm_term=.f4804a68bda8
Wolfram, Gary. “A Case Against the Minimum Wage.” Forbes, 12 Sept. 2017.
Bell, Kamau. “The New KKK.” United Shades of America, season 1, episode 1, CNN,
Bell, Kamau. “Chicago Gangs.” United Shades of America, season 2, episode 2, CNN,
Conover, Adam. “Adam Ruins Housing.” Adam Ruins Everything, season 1, episode 17, TruTV,
Conover, Adam. “Adam Ruins Drugs.” Conover, season 1, episode 18, TruTV, 2018. Netflix.
Conover, Adam. “Adam Ruins Prison.” Adam Ruins Everything, season 1, episode 19, TruTV,
Oliver, John. “Wealth Gap.” YouTube, uploaded by LastWeekTonight,1 3 July 2014,
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