Weekly Essay Assignments

Basic format

Length: 750-1000 words, unless instructed otherwise. That's about 3-4 pages if you use 1-in. margins, double-spaced, 12-point proportional font).

Stylistically: Think of your essayas something like a short blogpost, brief review, or memo. There is no need for a title or a concluding paragraph; but it's usually a good idea to indicate in the first paragraph how you are going to approach the essay topic.

Include your name and the due date at the top of the first page.



Quotations must be attributed appropriately. References to quotations or other specific information from one of our assigned readings may be given simply by author and page number; no formal reference list is needed. No need to obsess about this; we're all reading the same material.

Any outside sources you use for any factual claim, paraphrase, or quotation should be cited fully. The reference format doesn't matter, but it should be possible for your reader to immediately locate exactly the material to which you are referring.


Turning in your essay

Your essay is due by the beginning of class on the due date assigned. Late papers will be penalized 2 points per weekday, up to a maximum of 10 points out of 20 possible.

Turn in your essay by posting it to the shared turn-in folder on Box as a MS Word or, preferably, PDF document. You should have received an email inviting you to share this folder; or you may find it convenient to use this direct link:


You should post your essay with its file name constructed as follows:

    Your_last_name Your_given_name date.pdf

You will only be able to post documents to the shared turn-in folder on Box, not read or modify the documents there. If you want to revise an essay after you turn it in, just post a new one.

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