Rereading america essays on american literature

For this paper, I ask that you address issues raised in Rereading America, 10th ed., Section 2, “Learning Power: The Myth of Education and Empowerment.” As you read the articles, consider whether the ideals we associate with American education—as the foundation of democracy, the great equalizer between different social classes, the birthright of every child—are in fact being realized in our society today. What do you see as the role of education in our society, and how well are children and young adults in America being educated today? Cite at least four articles from this section as you make your argument.

• Block off a period of two hours, free from distractions and interruptions, to work on the final exam. You should be able to complete the exam well within two hours because I designed it for that amount of time. You may take longer if you wish.
• Read the entire exam and form a strategy for completing it.
• There are two parts to this exam:
o Part A consists of seven prompts from which you must choose and respond to any two.
o Part B consists of one prompt to which everyone must write a response.
• Your choices in Part A affect how you can respond to the prompt in Part B. Plan and use your time well.
• You may use your book, your own notes, and any form of dictionary and thesaurus you choose.
• You MUST identify which prompts you use so I can make sense of your answer.
• IGNORE whatever you think my own view might be. You won’t get far pandering to my position on an issue.
• In your responses, write strong, convincing arguments whether you agree or disagree.
• When you are finished, save your file using ONLY the .doc or .docx file format. If you use any other format, I may not be able to open the file or read it. If I cannot read it, I cannot grade it.
• Name the file using this protocol: <Lastname (or .docx)>. If you use another filename, the file may get lost.
• POST THE COMPLETED EXAM FILE TO ME VIA WEBCT BY 10:00 PM, THURSDAY, JULY 23. Anything submitted after this time will not be considered. I will not be returning the finals, as I will not be making notations on them.

These original essays on the natural environment by renowned conservationist Leopold (1887-1948) were first published posthumously in 1949. In this edition, more than 80 lush photographs shot by nature photographer Sewell on Leopold's former Wisconsin farm accompany the text. Following the seasons, Leopold, whose seminal work in the . Forest Service and in books and magazines helped shape the conservation movement in this country, shared his perceptive and carefully observed portraits of nature month by month. In April, he watched the "sky dance" of the woodcock, who flew upward in a series of spirals. As he hunted partridges in October, his way was lit by "red lanterns," the blackberry leaves that shone in the sun. A November rumination details how the products of tree diseases provide wooded shelters for woodpeckers, hives for wild bees and food for chickadees. Included also is an appreciative essay on wild marshland and several pieces stressing the importance of protecting the natural environment. Leopold sadly observed, "there is yet no ethic dealing with man's relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it." His hope that society would develop an "ecological conscience" by placing what should be preserved above what is economically expedient remains relevant today. These evocative essays about the farm Leopold loved will again be enjoyed by nature lovers and preservationists alike. Though the book has been continuously in print, this beautiful illustrated edition, with its introduction by nature writer Brower (The Starship and the Canoe) will attract fans and newcomers and will make a great gift book this holiday season.

Rereading america essays on american literature

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