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ENG 112 - Wedehase

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Textbook Proposal -- Essay 2

In the Textbook Proposal – Essay 1 assignment, you wrote a proposal for an additional chapter theme that you would like to see in our textbook. In this essay, you will propose a potential reading for our textbook that addresses your theme from the previous essay. In other words, suppose Gerald Graff and the other editors of our book like your idea for a new chapter at the end of the book. Now they want to see what an actual reading for your proposed theme might look like. Find a reading within the Wake Tech databases to offer them and explain why the reading should be included in They Say/I Say.

Hint: The Textbook Proposal – Essay 2 is both a proposal and a rhetorical analysis. When selecting your reading, keep in mind that it should make a claim and offer support in a sophisticated, thoughtful, convincing manner. Noting key rhetorical strategies in the reading, prove to the editors that your chosen reading would be a great model of persuasive writing for students in ENG 112.

Library Databases

Below are several library databases that contain essays and articles appropriate for your assignment.

Searching All Library Resources

Use the search box below to search across all the libraries' databases. After you type in your search terms, add AND editorial or AND "opinion piece" to make sure you get articles and essays suitable for the assignment.

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or search the classic book catalog

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Sample Books & Periodicals

Some books, magazines, and literary journals contain essays appropriate for this assignment. Below are just a few. Keep in mind that not all the essays and articles in these publications are appropriate for the assignment. Before selecting one, make sure it meets the assignment's requirements.

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  • Can't find the information you need? Visit the "Tutorials & Help" page for videos on how to search the databases. You can also reach out to the library staff using the chat box or the contact information found on the "Ask Us" page. We're always happy to help students find the information they need.