You will compose a thesis-driven essay that makes use of at least two of the following four essays (all essays are in Chapter 17 of Greene and Lidinsky):
**Jim Tarter’s “Some Live More Downstream than Others: Cancer, Gender, and Environmental Justice,” pp. 822-835.
**Curtis White’s “A Good without Light: The Seamy Side of Sustainability,” pp. 836-844.
**Anna Lappe’s “The Climate Crisis at the End of our Fork,” pp. 852-865.
**Michael Pollan’s “Why Bother?,” pp. 871-876.
*** Titles: Include a descriptive title at the beginning of your essay that tips your readers off to your thesis.
**produce an academic essay—an essay anchored by an argumentative thesis, supported by creative and persuasive arguments gleaned from close reading, and polished for professional tone and accurate in-text citation. In the final exam, you will be asked to produce an essay with a clear thesis, persuasive supporting arguments, a logical organization, and writing that is free from major errors.
**In order to write your essay, you will need to identify a specific conversation that is common to at least three of the essays I assign. After reading rhetorically, you should craft your own working thesis that makes a contribution to that conversation, and begin to think about how you will structure your essay in the exam period. To earn a good grade on this final exam, your thesis must articulate your own contribution to the conversation, not simply reiterate arguments made in the readings, and your essay should be developed with clear references to the essays you have read.

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