Review the Strategy Questions for Organizing Your Argument Essay in “Creating an Informal Outline” section of Chapter 5, and then write a 1000-word argument for a claim of value connecting individual identity and family heritage. To help you develop your claim of value think through questions such as these:

  • How are people’s identities shaped by their surrounding familial and cultural traditions?
  • How uniform and valued/cherished is your family history?

In order to support your claim of value, you’ll need to include a variety of sources and perspectives. Incorporate the following into your paper:

  • your first-hand experiences
  • evidence gathered from stories in this module
  • researched scholarly insight into family and self-identity
  • our Core Values of Excellence and/or Integrity

Sum of these from the chapter are down below to help with the paper :

  • Introduction: Family and Identity
  • Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants”
  • Alice Walker “Everyday Use”
  • Nikki Giovanni, “Mothers”
  • Seamus Heaney, “Mid-term Break”
  • Peter Meinke “Advice to My Son”
  • Adrienne Rich “Delta”

The paper presents interesting, insightful ideas. It exhibits a mature level of thought (that is, exhibits the ability to draw inferences and make analogies which show insight into the topic). There is a clear focus (thesis, controlling idea) which is developed in an organized, concise, logical manner. Unified and coherent paragraphs include specific, relevant supporting evidence and examples. Sentences are varied and well constructed. Word choices are precise, fresh, and vivid. There are virtually no errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, or usage. Research, if used, is thorough, accurately documented, and effectively integrated.

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