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Write a 3-5 paragraph “reflection” on the process of translating your academic essay into a public-facing web-narrative.

Your Webpage – Remediating Rumors of War Digitally:
Register for Adobe Spark Links to an external site.(unless you’re proficient in another web platform). ((WebPage))
1: Download 8 Large (at least 1024px wide) Images that narrate your essay. These will include (at least) 3 large images of Wiley’s “Willem,” “Rumors of War,” and MDP Circle (download one vertical image and one horizontal for each except the painting). The first two, follow the link (from my “resources” slide I showed you) to the VMFA to download hi-res jpgs.
Download each image to a folder on your hard drive – this is imperative that you gather your assets on your device. Get the citation information for each of your images. *If you do not get that, it would be “stealing” or “plagiarism” to republish on your public web page.
A good place to start for high-quality images:
https://richmond.com/news/local/2020-in-photos-a-challenging-heartbreaking-year/article_922b0794-f144-5836-9f56-89ee375aff50.htmlLinks to an external site.
2: Create your own Google Slide doc.
3: Place each image on its own page, cropped edge-to-edge. Play with the cropping until you think it’s best. Keep the original images on your hard drive. Order the slides in the order that you would like them to appear on your webpage. Save each slide as a jpg. You will now have two versions of each image.
4: Identify at least one video that you would like to include on your website to enhance your essay’s narrative.
5: Identify at least 8 short passages from your essay, that together, tell a narrative of your essay’s argument. Include at least one full quote and your thesis. Include these passages on a single Google Slide.
6: Create a title.
7: Write a 3-5 paragraph “reflection” on the process of translating your academic essay into a public-facing web-narrative. How is the narrative different? What changes did you make? How did you select the assets (images, video, color) that you chose?

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Compare or contrast two historical figures

A. Instructions
Begin by choosing a topic for your comparison/contrast essay. You are free to select your own topic, or you may use one of the sample topics listed below. However, you should choose a topic that you have knowledge of so that you have sufficient points of comparison or contrast to discuss in your essay. You will need to compare or contrast two or three primary points about the two subjects you choose to write about, resulting in an essay with either four or six body paragraphs, an introductory paragraph, and a conclusion.
Compare or contrast two cities you’ve visited or that you’ve lived in
Compare or contrast two members of your family
Compare or contrast two sources of news
Compare or contrast two singers in different music genres
Compare or contrast two historical figures
Compare or contrast two artists (for example, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso or Keith Haring and Andy Warhol)
Compare or contrast two eras in time
Compare or contrast two television series
Compare or contrast two types of technologies (for example, Android and Apple phones or PlayStation and Xbox)
Compare or contrast two medical topics (for example, traditional medicine and modern medicine or doctors and midwives)
Remember that the two subjects you choose should have a meaningful connection so that you can draw comparisons or contrasts between the two.
Your thesis should convey the main idea of the essay and clearly articulate what two topics you are comparing/contrasting. Because you are writing in the informative mode for this essay, you should use objective language. Remember that for this essay, you are not trying to persuade or convince the audience that one thing is better or worse than the other; you are instead informing the reader about the similarities or differences between the two subjects in an objective manner.
Please note that if you use information from any outside sources, you will need to cite them. Plagiarism is not acceptable in academic writing. The following resources will be helpful to you if you need to cite any sources:
Purdue Online Writing Lab’s APA Formatting and Style Guide
This site includes a comprehensive overview of APA style, as well as individual pages with guidelines for specific citation types.
Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style
This page on the official APA website addresses common questions related to APA formatting. The “References,” “Punctuation,” and “Grammar and Writing Style” sections will be the most useful to your work in this course.
APA Style: Quick Answers—References
This page on the official APA Style website provides numerous examples of reference list formatting for various source types.
B. Think About Your Writing
After you’ve drafted your essay, answer the following questions about your writing. Include answers to all of the questions below your essay.
1. Did you use the point-by-point or block method to organize your body paragraphs? What made you decide to organize your essay in this way (3-4 sentences)? Sophia says: Consider the ways a comparison/contrast essay can be organized. Which organization did you choose and why?
2. In what ways did writing a comparison/contrast essay differ from the Narrative essay you wrote in Touchstone 1? Give specific examples (3-4 sentences). Sophia says: Consider how the structure, point of view, and purpose of the two essays differ.
3. Remember that the writing process is a recursive process, and your first draft of an essay is rarely your last. What part of the draft did you struggle with (3-4 sentences)? Sophia says: Think about how you could improve the draft if you continued the writing process with revision and editing.
C. Comparison/Contrast Guidelines
Refer to the checklist below throughout the writing process. Do not submit your Touchstone until your draft meets all of the guidelines.
Elements of a Comparison/Contrast Essay
❒ Are there significant points of comparison or contrast between the two subjects you have selected?
❒ Do you make clear comparisons or contrasts between the two subjects within the body paragraphs of the essay?
❒ Are the body paragraphs organized either by point or by subject?
❒ Have you used transitional words or phrases to indicate points being compared or contrasted?
❒ Does the essay have a clear and consistent focus of comparing and contrasting two subjects?
Thesis Statement
❒ Have you included a clear, focused, and detailed thesis statement?
❒ Does your thesis state the subjects to be compared or contrasted and include the two or three points of comparison or contrast?
❒ Is your thesis a single sentence located in the introductory paragraph?
Organization
❒ Is there an introductory paragraph that contains your thesis statement?
❒ Are there four or six total body paragraphs, each with a clear topic sentence?
❒ Is there a conclusion paragraph with a concluding statement?
❒ Have you used transitions to connect ideas between sentences and paragraphs?
Style and Tone
❒ Is the tone of the essay objective and informative?
❒ Have you carefully considered your word choices?
❒ Is the purpose of your essay clearly to inform the reader about the similarities or differences between the two subjects?
Conventions
❒ Have you checked your essay for grammatical and mechanical errors?
❒ Have you used spell check or another method to check spelling?
Before you Submit
❒ Have you included your name, date, and course at the top left of the page?
❒ Have you completed the “Think About Your Writing” questions?
❒ Is your essay between 3-4 pages (approximately 700-1000 words)?

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How does the design of your research question avoid your own biases?

Instructions:
Submit a Research Proposal that outlines the topic you want to research and how you will go about completing your exploration of the topic. *Clearly state the best possible version of your research question at this point* and *argue why you wish to pursue the question*. You will show that you have established a significant and pragmatic research topic that will be your focus for the rest of the semester (a.k.a. once you choose your topic, you must stick with it). You will support your argument by describing how you came to your topic and refined your research question.
For this assignment, you are devising a research strategy. You should not have arrived at an answer to your research question yet, as you have not begun your research. Your objective in this assignment is to affirm that the design of your inquiry is sound, meaning that it follows the guides to a “good research question” that we discussed in class ( I attached that in the additional materials) .
Assignment Guidelines:
Your Research Proposal should:
Be a minimum of 500-750words (2-3 pages)
Your focus should be on defending your research question and planning for how you will research it. Your focus should not be on your topic as a whole.
You will do some preliminary research on your topic to determine whether or not your question has ample sources to support an academic argument
If you find any sources in your research that you wish to pursue further, include them in a reading list at the end of your proposal (the citations will not be included in your word count)
Assignment Specifics:
Your proposal should include:
A paragraph containing your personal investment in your research question. It should answer:
Why you chose your given topic
What you are specifically curious to learn going forward
The rest of your proposal should answer the following questions:
What is your working knowledge of the topic (what did you know before you began doing your preliminary research)?
How does the design of your research question avoid your own biases?
What are some of your strategies for researching your specific question?
How do you know if your research question is a manageable scope (not too broad or too narrow)?
What did your preliminary research reveal?
Why does your research question matter to others? What do you hope to gain by researching this specific question?
What challenges do you anticipate in your research to answer your question?
my notes:
– please follow carefully the instructions please.
– I have attached a file guiding you of the best way to choose a good research question.
– I have attached a word file of the questions that you may either choose one of them as a title or if you didn’t like any of them you can choose what ever you like as a title and it should be a question for the title in the google doc like: what or how or anything…………..? with question mark
– do please concentrate about the instructions about *Clearly state the best possible version of your research question at this point* and *argue why you wish to pursue the question* and choose a title that can be with me the rest of my semester so I can use it with other assignments.

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What are the authors arguing?

Read “How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Some Neighborhoods Sweltering,” then answer the following questions in at least 250 words:
What are the authors arguing?
What evidence are they using?
What is their reasoning?
Is the argument effective?
What is your response to it?

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Compare and Contrast “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “Araby” by James Joyce

Things to do on the 4 page paper
Compare and Contrast “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “Araby” by James Joyce
Include an essay summary on Araby
Find out what the “Joycean Trinity is” in Araby
All should be on same 4 page paper APA format citation included.
Link : :Araby: https://plato-philosophy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Araby.pdf
Link: “Trifles: https://www.doanestuart.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Trifles.pdf

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Identify the African retentions that survived the Middle Passage

prompt: identify the African retentions that survived the Middle Passage and are present in the Gullah community and in Carricaou.
word count: 250-500

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Describe what Hobbes calls “the state of nature,”

REQUIRED Assignment Submission:
Once you have completed the assigned readings & viewings, and once you’re satisfied that you can answer the Reading/Study Questions, then please respond to the following question, remaining strictly within the length guideline. Your response should be between 100-250 words.
(1) Describe what Hobbes calls “the state of nature,” and explain why it has the character it does have. [Hint: are people cooperative in a state of nature?]
Hobbes, Locke, and Berkeley
Materialism and the Beginnings of Empiricism
Essential Points
HOBBES
Aspects of the new science accepted by Hobbes
Resolution and composition: The two phases of method
The mechanistic analysis of mind is best seen when one considers that, for Hobbes, human life doesn’t differ in principle from the operations of a watch. With respect to the human mind and its relation to the body, Hobbes is what is known as a metaphysical “monist”, which means that it’s “all one”.
Materialist or epiphenomenalist?
Regulated thoughts, words, and definitions. For Hobbes, all thought originates in sensation—that is, in the effect upon our senses made by external objects. These impacts leave traces in us that, especially when structured by words, succeed one another according to rules. In unregulated thought such as idle daydreaming, the rules are those of customary associations. When regulated by desire seeking means to its satisfaction, thought becomes reasoning.
Voluntary motions in the service of vital motions; will as the last appetite in deliberation
Pleasure is our natural end, as humans. In the state of nature there is war because people seek to maximize their pleasure and power. Hobbes thinks that life in a state of nature is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” because humans are egoistic hedonists, each seeking to maximize his or her own pleasure, together with enough power to secure continued enjoyment. As a result, men are competitors, and the state of nature is a state of war—of “all against all.”
Seeking peace while defending ourselves. A “law” of nature is simply a description of how things proceed. So when Hobbes says that the first law of nature is to seek peace, he means that a prudent individual in the state of nature will naturally come to see that this is what is required to secure his or her life and happiness. A “right”of nature, correspondingly, would be whatever a prudent person would do to preserve and defend his or her own life.
The “contract” establishes a sovereign power. Hobbes thinks that a sovereign power is required to compel men to keep their agreements. Hobbes thinks that the establishment of a social contract demands a “coercive power”—or, a sovereign because individuals will have no good reason to trust each other to mutually limit their liberty unless there is a power to force them to keep their word. Since they are egoistic pleasure seekers, they will take an opportunity to break the contract when it is to their advantage, if it is not clear that it will be against their interest to do so. That’s what a sovereign can guarantee.
LOCKE
Aim: To understand our understanding—how it works, what materials it has to work with, and how far it can reach. When Locke says that he will use a “historical, plain method” in investigating human understanding, he means that he will try to trace our ideas to their origin.
Experience as the source of all our ideas
Ideas of sensation and ideas of reflection. All our ideas come from experience, Locke says; that is, from sensation and reflection. Basically, Locke says all our ideas originate in experience. There are no innate ideas. There are two sources: Sensation (the experience of external objects through our senses), and reflection (ideas obtained by reflecting on our own mental operations).
Simple and complex ideas
Operations on ideas
Our idea of substance, Locke says, is the idea of an unknown substratum that holds the qualities we experience. This substratum is unknown and unknowable, and inferable only by its necessity. We notice that in our experience some qualities regularly appear together. It seems implausible that this could be an accident, so we suppose there must be something that has these qualities. That substratum in which qualities have their being, we call substance. We never experience substances directly, and so have no proper idea of substances, nor knowledge of their natures.
The powers of substances
Our idea of the soul as clear as our idea of material substance
Our idea of personal identity is founded in consciousness, especially in memory. If Locke is right, the problem of personal identity arises because a person can have such different qualities at different times. Personal identity does not consist in sameness of substance, whether of body or soul. Rather, it is founded in consciousness, and in particular in memory. What makes me the same person as I was last year is my consciousness of the events in my life. Changes in body would not make a difference to my self-identity. I would be the same person were I to lose a limb or to undergo an organ transplant.
Words stand for ideas in the mind
Abstract terms present nominal essences, not real essences. A nominal essence is an abstract idea attached to a general name, like “tiger.” We create these nominal essences from our experiences of similarities in things. Nominal essences, then, since they are our creations, must not be assumed to match perfectly the real essences of things. Things, which are always particular, do have real essences, but they are unknown to us. So the idea of a nominal essence is important in Locke’s program of urging us to be modest in our claims to know.
Knowledge as agreement and disagreement among ideas
The kinds of agreement and disagreement
Real existence known by intuition in our own case, by demonstration in God’s case, and by sensation in the case of material things
Representative government– Locke’s views on representative government are formed in part by his views on what life is like in a state of nature.
The state of nature and the natural law
A “contract” is necessary to avoid people being judges in their own cases. The sort of government that a social contract would reasonably create would be a government of limited powers, designed to rectify the “inconveniences” in a state of nature. It would restrain the partiality and violence of men and guarantee people security in the enjoyment of their property. It would be responsible to the people who established it and incorporate a separation of legislative and executive powers. If it failed to provide for the safety and security of its citizens, they could rightly change or dissolve it.
Locke considers property a natural right, and forms the reason for government.
Limited government responsible to the people
Of toleration
The distinct spheres of church and state
Toleration as an essential means to civil peace
BERKELEY
Berkeley as a defender of common sense: What that means
How the philosophers have violated common sense, and thus furnished ammunition for skeptics and atheists.
Criticism of the doctrine of abstract ideas: They are incoherent. Berkeley thinks that the doctrine of abstract ideas is one of the confusions that lead to atheism. Berkeley says that it is his intention to turn ideas into things.
Positive account of how general words (or ideas) work
The existence of spirits; for the rest, esse est percipi
Primary qualities of objects are in the same boat with the secondary. For Berkeley, things really do have the qualities they seem to have.
Ideas into things
God’s perceiving of things as the guarantee of their objectivity from our point of view. In addition to the usual religious functions—Berkeley was a bishop, after all—God functions as the guarantee of independence for things perceived by us. They do have their being in being perceived, but in being perceived by God, not by us. So they are not dependent on human perception of them.

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Discuss constraints/ benefits of proposal

You are to write a proposal on the following:
Including the story of the Clotilde and AfricaTown in American History Books and taught specifically in the state of Alabama and Mobile.
There is a movie on Netflix called Descendant that is about the clotilda.
Paragraph 1: Introduction; last sentence your thesis
Paragraph 2: Short summary of the history of the Clotilda and AfricaTown.
Paragraphs 3 & 4: Present your reasons (argument)
Paragraph 5: Discuss constraints/ benefits of proposal
Paragraph 6: Conclusion

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What success have you achieved or obstacles have you faced?

I need a well-written college essay with at least 550 words for the following prompts from Rutgers below.
– Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
– What interests or excites you? How does it shape who you are now or who you might become in the future?
– Describe a time when you had a positive impact on others. What were the challenges? What were the rewards?
– Has there been a time when an idea or belief of yours was questioned? How did you respond? What did you learn?
– What success have you achieved or obstacles have you faced? What advice would you give a sibling or friend going through a similar experience?