Re-introduction of the Mexican Gray Wolf
in the Southwest
Writing AssignmentSchedule for Fall 2017:
Plan of action:
- September 28: Start researching (reading, lots) and creating outline
- October 10: Outline due, hardcopy, in class
- October 17: Graded outlines turned back, start writing essay
- October 24: Final essay due, hardcopy, in class
- First, research (read material) on the background and the pros and cons of the re-introduction of the Mexican wolf to the American Southwest. This wolf web site is a good start. Take notes on what you read, and even discuss the issues with your classmates. Remember, however, that the essay you turn in must be your own work and writing.
- How many references to cite? A lot. Topic sentences often don't require a reference citation, but most all other sentences do.
- Don't overcite any one source. Expect to cite any given source just one time. Perhaps an exception to this can be the article by Schoenecker and Shaw, which might be cited twice.
- Second, develop a topic sentence outline, plus a Reference Cited section.
- This outline is worth 100 points, graded primarily on scholarship, i.e., amount of research.
- Third, write an essay on pros and cons of re-introduction of the Mexican wolf to the American Southwest, using complete sentences and well-developed paragraphs.
- Staple your graded wolf outline with your essay.
- Please italicize the topic sentence of each paragraph.
- Length of text: ~1000 words (~3 pages, typed, double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-pt font) plus a References Cited section, which doesn't count in the word count.
- This essay is worth 100 points, mostly for the writing (proper grammar, good paragraphs).
- Click here for an example essay on the topic of the US in the UN.
The Problem: Re-introduction of the Wolf
Can the re-introduction of the almost extinct Mexican gray wolf, a large carnivorous predator, back into protected wilderness areas of the Southwest succeed? Discuss the pros and the cons of this issue.
Summarize the status of the Mexican Gray wolf re-introduction in the Southwest. Identify (cite) arguments and types of evidence that support the wolf re-introduction or that challenge the wolf re-introduction. Give both sides. To conclude, how can common ground be achieved so that the wolf can exist without people being negatively affected?
There is no right or wrong answer here. Indeed, it would be academically useful to be able to argue both ways on this issue. The goal for this essay is lots of scholarship (reading) and clear and concise writing that expresses well-informed argumentation about the wolf re-introduction. Use the readings linked from this web site to develop specific arguments on the wolf re-introduction.
Before beginning writing, spend time reading science articles, web pages, and other reference materials (newsclips) related to the Mexican Gray wolf re-introduction.
Suggested Essay Roadmap
- Title: up to 10 words at most
- Introduction (~0.5 page): a short history and problem statement of the controversy
- Main body of essay (~2 pages): Discuss arguments for and against the re-introduction of the wolf. Use the readings, news clippings, and internet sites that are linked from these web pages to support your statements.
- Conclusion (~0.5 pages): Not a summary of your essay, but a conclusion about the wolf re-introduction program based on earlier arguments. Is common ground possible between the opposing sides? One thing that should NOT appear in the Conclusion is brand new material not yet mentioned in the essay.
- Citing Literature:
- In the main body of your essay, cite a nice mixture of:
- scientific readings
- web sites
- newspaper articles
- Do not quote references (ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO QUOTING, WITH OR WITHOUT THE "QUOTES," IN THIS CLASS, EVER). Instead, summarize points in your own words and then include a reference in parentheses
- Cite references this way:
Wild Mexican wolves possibly continue to survive in remote regions of Mexico (Parsons 1998).
- Don't cite references this way:
Parsons (1998) says that wild Mexican wolves possibly continue to survive in remote regions of Mexico.According to Parsons (1998), wild Mexican wolves possibly continue to survive in remote regions of Mexico.
- Then, make a "References Cited" section (put this section on a separate page, not to be counted in your 1000 words). Article titles from these web sites may be copied-and-pasted into the References Cited section.
- Follow this golden rule of academic attribution: Cite all that is listed, and list all that is cited.
Wolf Re-introduction Home Page
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Revised -- September 2017