Summer Reading Unit
Required Reading
DeVitis, J. L. (2013) Contemporary colleges and universities: A reader  (Adolescent cultures, school &
      society). New York: Peter Lang Publishing,
 
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Summer Reading Writing Projects
Writing Prompt 

Summer Essay 1 - "Life After High School"

What will you be doing a year from now? What are your hopes and aspirations? If you are headed to college, what factors do you need to consider as you apply? What are the realities you are facing as you begin the college application process? What is important to you as you continue your college search? Use at least 2 different sources (chapters Preface, 1-8) from the DeVitis book, the Harvard Report "Turning the Tide, " also two more sources from a newspaper,  magazine and/or journal published in this current year (print sources, no web sites). 10 citations minimum.  Use MLA. Use at least one source as a foil to argue against. Five PRINT sources minimum. If you exceed the minimum, you may use web or other sources.

NO Jane Shaffer 5-paragraph essays. (You still need transitions, topic sentences, concrete details, and commentaries - just not in the Shaffer formulaic order.)

Attributes of an excellent essay:

* Create a personal, yet academic essay (formal tone) that is independent of any of your sources.
* Evaluate your chosen sources. Do not just cite them. (Criticize, Discuss, Praise)
* Write in a good, academic, confident tone. 
 



Draft 1 due Thursday, Sept 7 (peer)
Draft 2 due Thursday, Sept 14 (100 pts)
Draft 3


Gen - MLA Video
MLA PowerPoint
In-text citing MLA video
Works Cited MLA video
MLA YouTube 1
 

Summer Essay 2 - "College Choices"

Five sources minimum.


Which specific colleges interest you? What is it that makes them attractive to you? What do they offer that you really like? What  majors interest you at these college? Be specific about the colleges and majors you are considering.  Use at least two references
(from chapters 1-8, 13, 15, 17, 29, 30) from the  DeVitis book (different from the chapters you used previously), also three more sources from current college web sites. You may substitute one of the above sources with the Brian Burnsed article or the Martha O'Connell article. 10 citations minimum.  Use at least one source as a foil to argue against. Five sources minimum.  If you exceed the minimum, you may use alternative web sources.
Use APA.

Requirements: NO Jane Shaffer 5-paragraph essays. (You still need transitions, topic sentences, concrete details, and commentaries - just not in the Shaffer formulaic order.)

Attributes of an excellent essay:

* Create an argument that is independent of any provided source.
* Evaluate your chosen sources. Do not just cite them. (Criticize, Discuss, Praise)
* Write in a good, academic, confident tone. 

Draft 1 due Thursday, Sept. 21  (self & peer review)
Draft 2 due Thursday, Sept. 28  (100 pts.)
Draft 3

Gen - APA Video
The Basics of Citing Sources (APA) video
Citing Electronic Sources (Massey University)
APA 6th edition video
In-text APA format video

APA Reference List video
CRAAP Test Video - Are your sources any good? CRAAP Website

CRAAP - Chico State - pdf


See Choosing a College Article by Martha O'Connell
See 5 Ways to Pick the Right College Major by Brian Burnsed



 


 

 
 
Nathan, R. (2006) My freshman year: What a professor learned by becoming student. New
      York, NY: Penguin Books.

Wallace, M. (2008) The way we will be 50 years from today: 60 of the world's greatest minds
        share their vision of the next half century. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.