Objective Each scholarly article we have read this semester proposes different c
Each scholarly article we have read this semester proposes different critical lenses for scholarly research, and you will choose one to use for your semester-long research project. Therefore, the goal of the DBE is to thoroughly interpret your chosen lens through summary, analysis, and extension.
Of the writer’s choice, here are the readings from the semester that will be what the Document-Based Essay will be on.
– On Compassion and Brave Spaces – Academic Freedom
– Sklair & Murphy on the Anthropocene
– Stallybrass and Marxs Coat
– Foucault’s Panopticism
– González Hacking the Citizenry
– Du Bois’s Double Consciousness
– The Second Sex
(Text me which one you choose and if you aren’t familiar with any of these titles I will give the shortest and easy reading. I don’t think you can find them online)
Content and Composition
Introduction and Summary: (1 para.) This section should include:
Salient Information: full name(s) of author(s), full title, publication date, genre, and publisher
Context: historical, situational, and/or disciplinary context of the rhetorical situation
Author’s Thesis: either quoted or paraphrased in your own words
Your Thesis: one-sentence claim about the quality and/or value of the author’s argument
Analysis: (2-4 para.) Analyze how the author makes their argument and why that matters.
Use direct quotes from the text to evidence your claims.
Questions you might ask about the text to brainstorm for your paper:
What kind of appeals does the author use (emotion, credibility, logic)?
What rhetorical techniques do they use (e.g. repetition, anecdote, allusion)?
How has the author organized the argument? How does that organization help the reader understand their meaning?
What methodology does the author use? How/why is it useful? (e.g. approaches via history, sociology, economy, psychology, something else?)
What is the author’s tone and style? What is that helpful/appropriate?
Who is the publisher and what kind of audience do they target? Why might this publication have chosen to publish the author’s argument?
Who is the target audience for this text? How does the author appeal to the audience’s needs or wants?
Extension and Conclusion: (1 para.) What current events or issues might this critical lens help us understand? Be sure to explain to your audience:
What part of the author’s argument could be useful for evaluating a current issue/event? (e.g. theoretical concept, evaluation criteria, reasoning, methodology)
Name at least two current events or issues that could potentially be better understood by applying the author’s ideas.
Conclude with a one-sentence gesture to ongoing/future research.
Your essay should:
Be formatted in MLA Style (double-spaced, 1” margins, 12-point Times New Roman, etc.);
Be a minimum of 3 FULL pages and a maximum of 4 pages long, excluding the Works Cited;
Include a Works Cited with all sources included alphabetically and in MLA format;
Try to use only one source here: the article you chose for your paper, but
If you must consult another source to write your paper: always always always include quotation marks, cite it in text, and document it on the Works Cited. Correctly quote, cite, and document all content that is not your own in MLA format;
Be written in a clear, precise, and active prose style;
Include a title that reflects the spirit and scope of the essay (e.g. not “Rhetorical Analysis”);
Be uploaded to D2L as a Word or Adobe file (.doc, .docx, .pdf) by the deadline
MLA Resource – The Purdue Online Writing Lab (“Purdue OWL”)
Link to Purdue OWL on MLA Style
This website contains an always-current guide to MLA Style for:
Creating a Works Cited,
Generating MLA documentation for the Works Cited. (If you use a citation generator, be sure to double-check your entry against the Purdue OWL’s MLA guide),
Quoting and citing sources in-text.