Mosaic I: Humanities Seminar
Second Essay Assignment Guidelines
In this assignment you will integrate materials from three books of at least two units: Unit 1: Journeys,
Unit 2: Self and Others, or Unit 3: Community. The aim of this assignment is to reflect critically on the
relevance of these texts in light of a contemporary/creative image.
Submission and Format Instructions:
• Please prepare an essay of at least three double-spaced pages, using 12 point Times New Roman font,
and one inch margins. The scope excludes the image page and any footnotes/a Works Cited page.
Include your name and page number at the top of each page. Your final assignment should be written
in complete sentences, make an argument, use topic sentences/ a thesis, good grammar and
punctuation, and utilize citations. Make sure you use specific examples and citations from the
texts/class to support your argument.
• Title the document file in the following format: “Last Name-E2.” For example, “Smith-E2.”
• Submit your assignment as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats through Blackboard no later
than 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 27, 2014.
• Late Assignments will be marked down a full letter grade for every day they are late (first day late
from an A to a B etc.) no more than 3 days late.
• Intellectual Heritage Tutoring is held in the IH Lounge, Anderson 215. No appointment is
necessary. Click here for the fall 2014 tutoring schedule.
• Writing Center. Useful handouts and guides from Temple Writing Center:
• Plagiarism and academic cheating are prohibited by University policy. Your work must be your own,
and all sources must be cited (including books, articles, electronic resources on the internet, pictures,
or anything else you reference that has not been written or created by you). Anyone caught
plagiarizing will fail the assignment or the course. See more detailed instructions on Temple Student
Guidelines and Structure:
• Choose three books we have discussed in class from at least two units.
• Think about one theme that is common to them.
• Then, pick one image that relates to this theme. This image can be a photographic image from the
news (browse www.bbc.com or www.nytimes.com or www.america.aljazeera.com or www.cnn.com
or www.theguardian.com or do a keyword search for images) OR an artistic/creative image (browse
Google Art Project or Philadelphia Mural Arts Program for example).
• Provide three captions with commentary.
1. Image: In the first page attach the image (make sure to include information about the image in the
Work Cited page such as photographer/artist name, title, date).
2. First Caption: Your second page should start with a quote from the first chosen book. The remainder
of the page should explain why you think the quotation fits the image, and in what sense. Explain the
issue or problem in the quote and why you think this caption fits: How does the image illuminate,
supplement, or challenge the quote? What impression do you hope to make by captioning this image
this way? 2
3. Second Caption: Your third page should start with a quotation from the next book. Explain the quote
and why you chose it. The remainder of the page should accurately explain why this sentence or
passage fits the image and the overall themes.
4. Third Caption: Your fourth page should start with your a quotation from the third book you chose.
The remainder of the page should accurately explain why this sentence or passage fits the image and
the overall theme.
Extra Credit: Visit any local art venue in Philadelphia (such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art where
there is a student discount and Wednesdays after 5 p.m. are “pay what you wish,” or take a mural
walk/tour of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program) and pick one image for your essay. Take a photo of
the artwork/mural and attach it to the first page of your assignment (or attach any proof of entry). Extra
credit may count for up to 3 additional points.
Grading and Assessment:
This assignment counts for 20% of your final grade and will be assessed on the following:
Strong Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Provides a clear copy of
your chosen image in a
separate page. Provides a
list of the cited works.
Provides a copy of your
chosen image in a
separate page. Provides
a list of the cited works.
Does not provide a copy
of the chosen image.
Relation to the
Your essay successfully,
accurately explains how
your selected image
or challenges a
Your essay accurately
explains how your
from the books.
Your essay inaccurately
explains how your
or challenges a
Your essay explains and
assesses the quote you
discuss. It demonstrates
thoughtful and critical
analysis of the issue and
your argument is supported
with reasons and examples.
Your essay explains and
assesses the quote you
discuss. It analyzes the
issue and provide
reasons or examples to
support the discussion.
Your essay does not
explain or assess the
quote you discuss. Your
argument does not
provide reasons and
examples to support the
Writing Ideas are presented
cogently, in organized
fashion, in clear and
competent and ideas are
clearly and in
Ideas are presented in
and/or with lapses in
clarity and grammatical
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