I Know What I Know has an interesting twist on a freshman final paper. I like it a lot. I might even let them bring in notes if it were this interesting.
For about the last two months of class, I would bring in the local paper and read them a couple of letters to the editor (there are some interesting political issues going on here). For their last essay, I told them, they could choose a letter to the editor that might seem nutty and make the case that the issue isnâ€™t really that nutty at all.
Iâ€™m just looking through them now, and they look good. Theyâ€™re backtracking through letters, checking them against op-ed pieces, sourcing things through local websites, and generally digging through local issues in their local paper.
It would certainly be worth a try.