For this paper, you should do some research on Harry Potter
(or the other approved texts). There are several texts that take oppositional points on the text, like
Harry Potter and the Bible:
The Menace Behind the Magick
or Connie Neal's
What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter.
There are also sources available through the library, including
videotaped lectures by
and/or Sallee Beneke. You may want to do some research online or to see what issues--literary, social, or political--have
relevance to the Harry Potter novel and world, keeping in mind
that the most credible sources are academic journals which can be
accessed through the library's databases with your student ID.
Note: Research on
Harry Potter may be applicable to the other approved texts.
You will be assigned a position statement on a topic:
This section of English
increased your knowledge or
appreciation of a particular IVCC general education goal. You will be
able to pick your specific general education goal and argue either way on your paper,
but it is important that you
choose one side over the other, as you are writing an argumentative
paper and not a comparison paper. You may find that you can narrow your topic,
as well, depending upon how you phrase your thesis. You can find
the goals on your syllabus or on page 3, Figure 0.3, of the
IVCC Systems Portfolio.
this paper I expect and require you to
quote from the novel, other assigned readings, and perhaps your own work to make or support your points, and to cite them in
accordance with MLA style.
You can use your books during this exam, so you may find that the revision flow charts from the text will
help your essay's quality. I
also expect and require you to
use at least two academic sources to further
support your argument.
main difficulties you may have in this paper will be in presenting your claims logically and persuasively
while refuting the opposing views and interweaving primary and secondary
source material as support. Straying to emotional appeals
while disregarding rational arguments or adding irrelevant information
may also cause you some difficulty.
Format: You will
submit your paper hard-copy in class, so make every effort to abide by
style and formatting consistent with MLA requirements. This paper should be around 5-12 paragraphs long.
Note: You will need to define the criteria to be used to judge the argument.
For example, you'd need to define the general education goal before you
determine whether Harry Potter teaches it.