English 1B – Essay 3

English 1B – Essay 3 – Spring 2017

Here are some handouts and materials to help you organize and write the third essay:

Here are some related articles / sources to help kickstart your research; you may use any of them in your essay:

Try these library databases to find other articles for this essay:

  • Academic Search Complete
  • SocIndex
  • JSTOR
  • CQ Researcher

Try these credible newspapers/magazines to find articles for this essay:


Critical Reading Tips & Tricks for English 1B, White Noise, and other courses:

  1. Preview
    • Judge a book by its cover
    • Check how it is divided, organized
    • Find your purpose for reading
  2. Activate prior knowledge
    • What do you already know?
    • What do you need to know?
  3. Read out loud
    • Imagine you are the narrator of the book (Jack Gladney)
    • Hear the voices of the characters
    • Act out important moments or dialogue
  4. Annotate & take notes
    • What is important?
    • Write questions
    • Define new vocabulary
    • Make connections
  5. Discuss
    • Converse or argue with each character
    • Write back to the narrator or author
    • Teach yourself (teach others)
    • Debate the topics
  6. Research
    • Compare & contrast the 1980s with now
    • Use multimedia (audio, video, etc) to enhance understanding
    • Essay 3 will require some research