Wired Thought Papers (10%
(There are a total of five Wired
Thought Papers worth 2% each)
- Thought papers are certainly very simple and short
- They are two paragraphs long, and the length of the
paper in total should be between a minimum of 100 words to a maximum of
- To make certain your word count is correct (in MS Word)
you can click on “Tools” and then click on “word count.
- Use the
formatting guidelines established during class
- I simply want your thoughts on the assigned reading,
which might take the form of addressing one or more of the following:
- Do you agree that the issue discussed in this article
is a worthwhile technological development?
- Do you believe the benefits outweigh the costs and/or
- What benefits might arise?
- What problems might arise?
- The above list (1 through 4) is just an example of an
approach to this assignment. If you have other thoughts then feel free to
take a different approach.
- The total number of words in your two paragraphs must
be 100 to 150 words.
- Use a document header, as you should for all
- The formatting guidelines on the syllabus must be
- The paper should be two paragraphs long.
- Writing must be free—or predominantly free—of typos,
awkward/unclear phrasing, and sentence level errors.
- Do not use first person pronouns such as “I” “me” and
- Do not use second person pronouns such as “you” “your”
- Do not use contractions.
- Do not use sentences that begin with conjunctions, such
as: and, but, for, so, yet, nor, so.
- Do not use personal stories of your own life
experience, or the experiences of friends, family, and so on.
- Do not pose any questions in your paper.
- Use a two part title, separated by a colon, but do not
use the words “wired thought paper” in your title.
- Because wired thought papers are so short, do not quote
from or paraphrase the primary text.
Some Important Points:
- Remember that part of this course involves working
toward higher level writing skills.
To that end, your writing should sound less like a verbal
conversation between friends, and more like an academic paper, which means
it has a formal tone. We are all
attempting to make our prose sound more scholarly.
- Engage the Assignment Calendar section of the course syllabus
for due dates and “click here” links to access the assigned wired.com
The Fun of These Assignments:
- The readings will come from wired.com magazine, so they
will not be typical English Composition texts.
- The readings will cover newly emerging technology that
is fun to read about, but because they are published in a magazine, as
opposed an academic journal, the writing will be in very informal prose.
As noted in the section above, you are not attempting to write in an
informal prose style, but rather a style that has a more academic tone.