Will Writing Be More Important or Less Important in the 21st Century?


This is a 30 minute exam for my Standard WISE classes.  Please do not spend more than 30 minutes on it .  Turn it in to the “turninmypaper” gmail account.  Please call it “In Class Essay” in your e-mail.


Dr. K

In-Class Writing Assignment


Consider Malcom X’s essay about writing, the dedication he showed to learning to write, and the significance of writing and reading in his life.  In order to grow into such an influential person in American History, Malcom X needed to know how to express himself using the written word.  Looking ahead into the rest of the 21st century, do you think writing will be more important or less important for activists in your time?  Why?  Please support your position using specific examples.

Approaching the Argument

Your job is to take a position on the above a topic and write an argument.  You MUST support your position with evidence (from your textbook, the library databases, or scholarly websites).  Consider our in-class discussion of Malcom X’s essay.


Think of this argument made by a student regarding smoking in public areas:

Smoking in public places should be banned[FLC1] because the second-hand smoke that results from this act has adverse effects on the health of both smokers and non-smokers.[FLC2]

Your argument  should have a similar format (although in much more detail).  In effort to make an effective argument, the student in the example above must provide evidence proving second-hand smoke has an adverse effect on smokers and non-smokers.  This can be done by providing statistics and scientific evidence that supports this claim.  You should do the same with any premise you make regarding the importance of writing in the 21st Century.


Use appropriate MLA formatting for this assignment.  You can visit the Purdue OWL at: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ to review sample MLA styled papers.  This assignment is due at the end of class.

[FLC1]The student’s position

[FLC2]Premise or reason for the student’s position.


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