A different assignment

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 isn’t really that nutty at all.

I’m just looking through them now, and they look good. They’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.

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