Argument: Does Spelling Matter?
Begin by reading:
Madders Matters" by Mikita Brottman
The writing assignment:
Madders Matters" presents two distinct viewpoints (though the author is a bit soft-edged on her own opinion):
- The idea that the candidate's clinical skills and other considerations (gender, race) outweigh such problems as a spelling error on her résumé. Pure academics are less important than finding the right person to get the task done.
- The idea that careful editing and academic precision really are part of the focus of a college or university, so a candidate who is unaware of small proofreading issues is truly unsuited for this clinical position. (The soft-edged part here is that the author admits that she does not enforce precise accuracy on some typesetting issues.)
Choose a side, present and defend your position, using data and logic.
- The final product will be typed and double-spaced according to MLA format.
- The essay will be at least 950 words long. (That's about 3 pages in standard format.)
- If the paper does not meet the minimum length requirement, it will be penalized. If you can't think up enough material for four pages, ask for help! Go to the Writing Center! Ask the instructor for advice!
- The final copy of the paper will be submitted through the Blackboard drop box. You will find the drop box link in the Blackboard folder for the week the essay is due.
- Analyzing your draft: Bring your rough draft of Essay #5 to class Monday, December 5, 2022
- Peer Editing: Bring two paper copies of your rough draft of Essay #5 to class Wednesday, December 7, 2022
- Final Copy Due: Friday, December 9, 2022
This essay is worth 75 points.