Rodriguez Summary Assignment

Please write a 5 paragraph essay (2.5- 3 pages) on the following prompt:In “Aria,” Richard Rodriguez argues against bilingual schooling for minority students and suggests that English only education is the only way students can achieve a public voice that was previously denied to them. In this summary, show how Rodriguez uses personal anecdotes to back up his overarching argument supporting English only education.**In your thesis paragraph, focus ONLY on the arguments he’s making about bilingual or English only education. Save his personal anecdotes for body paragraphs to be used as support. In order to do this, only look at the paragraphs where Rodriguez voices an opinion about bilingual education or English only education. Look at the places where he refers to education theory (or pedagogy) and where he talks about how bilingualism can actually hold students back, rather than pushing them forward. You’ll want to string 3 main points together from these paragraphs. Make sure that they flow but don’t repeat. They need to be three related points, but not three of the same points.At the end of the essay, you can break away from the summary structure to state whether you agree or disagree with Rodriguez’s argument. But, don’t use “I agree with” or “I think that”. Stay away from I comment. Instead, you can say “Rodriguez’s argument in favor of English only education is flawed because……” or “Rodriguez’s argument in favor of English only education is valid because….”Thesis Paragraph Components:(must be in this order)Where: TitleWho: AuthorWhat: What = the main ideas in the text. What the text is about (summary of the key points). Provides the context for your argumentHow: the rhetorical strategy used to convey the main ideas (style/genre). For Rodriguez, the how would be personal experience or personal anecdote.Why= the purpose of the text. Why is the author writing this text? What is his/her agenda/purpose? Note: This is the main argument of YOUR essay—this is what you’re trying to prove.Thesis Paragraphs Should NOT:provide a hook or any personal information,be over-generalized or vague,provide support, examples or quotes because these should be saved for the body of the essay.Sample Structure:In “Aria,” (the where) Richard Rodriguez (the who) argues against bilingual schooling for minority students and suggests that English only education is the only way students can achieve a public voice that was previously denied to them (the what). Develop his main points for 3 more sentences. Using personal experiences and anecdotes (the how), Rodriguez reveals that although he lost a personal connection with his family when switching to speaking only English both in home and at school, he has gained a public voice. He is writing this this text in order to encourage schools and pedagogical policy makers to do away with bilingual education and support English only learning. (the why)Body Paragraph Structure:Topic sentence provides the argument for the paragraphSeveral sentences developing the argument and providing context (plot points or historical information when necessary)Introduction of an Example. Paraphrase the example (do not use quotes, or if you do, use tiny quotes, sparingly)At least 3 sentences of explanation of the supporting evidence you just provided.Conclusion: Corresponds to the WHY from your thesis paragraph. Develop the WHY for 3-4 sentences, then state whether or not you’re on Rodriguez’s side and explain why. Remember to do so without using I.Pay attention to GRAMMAR:Essay is free from major errors in mechanics, punctuation and spelling.This includes, but is not limited to:Comma Mistakes: Comma splices/misplaced commas, absent commasRun-onsIncorrect use of semicolonsFragmentsProblems with subject/verb agreementProblems with subject/pronoun agreementProblems with verb tense (switching verb tense)Dangling modifiers and incorrect placement of clausesExcessive use of passive voiceUse of I, me, you, your, we, ourWordy/needs tightening.Essay demonstrates use of clear syntax (sentence structure). Avoids the “huh?” response from your reader.Avoids repetitive sentences.Word choice is clear and comprehensible. You should not use a thesaurus without looking up how to use the word in the dictionary. You avoid slang, colloquialisms, text-message lingo and inappropriate language.Essays are free from major errors in spelling. You should proofread your work before turning it in.