On any possible topic there are many voices, each saying something slightly different. These voices are having a conversation, and in listening you have to find the common thread that ties them together. As an academic writer, it is your job to be able to synthesize othersâ€™ voices with your own in order to craft your position. In doing so, you both integrate several voices together, as well as analyze the overall position.
In the Phase 2 essay, youâ€™ll chose gather together at least 3 voices on one subject and integrate them into a cohesive essay that makes a clear point. Throughout the essay, you should analyze an issue within the general topic of Nutrition. Thus, the essay works two directions at the same time: gathering together authors and splitting an idea into parts. Throughout, youâ€™ll work on finding external sources, quoting sources correctly, responding to arguments altogether, and building significance.
Below, I have provided you with 6 starter-essays, 4 of which we will discuss in class. You should use one of these as your jumping off point as well as one of your 3 total sources. You are welcome to go another direction within nutrition, but you must speak to me about it first.
- Write a 750 â€“ 1000 word essay that analyzes one focused subject under the general topic â€œNutritionâ€
- Begin with one of these articles:
- How Americans Got Red Meat Wrongâ€ â€“ Nutrition and Meat
- â€œEat Food: Food Definedâ€ â€“ Nutrition and Processed Food
- â€œIs it Cereal or Candyâ€ â€“ Nutrition and Sugar
- â€œThe New Training Tableâ€ â€“ Nutrition for Athletes
- â€œLet Them Drink Chocolateâ€ â€“ Nutrition in School Lunches
- â€œThe Use of Nutritional Labels by College Students in a Food-Court Settingâ€ â€“ Nutrition for College Students
- Integrate the writing of at least 3 sources
- Find external sources in one of 2 databases: Academic Search Premier or Lexis-Nexis (Links to an external site.)
- Use at least one template each from Chapter 3, Chapter 4, and Chapter 7. Color the template text blue.
- Use MLA formatting for page formatting and citation
Suggestions for Success
- Choose a nutritional topic that you are interested in or that is relevant for you.
- Do your research early. Keep track of what ideas/quotes you get from what article. Only search in the specified databases.
- Write summaries of each article before you integrate them into your essay.
- Donâ€™t just react to issues and make your sources say what you already think. Instead, listen to the experts on your chosen essay and synthesize what is there.