Pollution Prevention

This unit has focused on pollution prevention (P2) strategies and best available technologies for the paint and coating manufacturing, pesticide formulating, and pulp and paper industries. For this assignment, write an essay that summarizes P2 through the use of best available technologies for one or more of the following industries:

  • paint and coating,
  • pesticide formulating, or
  • pulp and paper.

In addition to your textbook, you must utilize at least one peer-reviewed article from the CSU Online Library. In your paper, limit the number of direct quotations from references. The vast majority of your paper should contain paraphrased information from your sources and should include your own thoughts on source reduction and recycling.Your essay must be at least two full pages in length. A title page and references page must be included; however, these pages will not count toward meeting the minimum page requirement. Adhere to APA Style when constructing this assignment, including in-text citations and references for all sources that are used. Please note that no abstract is needed.

Human Ecology

Two-page paper along with cover page and references. Analyze current environment events written from the varied perspective on human impacts on the environment and identify the human ecology challenges present in possible resolutions to current environmental events.

annotated bibliography

Write an annotated bibliography of two theories and two conceptual framework models. Use your knowledge from Week 4 about writing an annotated bibliography. This week, you will keep the sources to only theories and conceptual frameworks. You may use any theories and conceptual frameworks you choose.

  1. Name the theory or conceptual framework in a heading.
  2. Write two or three paragraphs about the author, the concept of the theory or conceptual framework.
  3. Write at least one paragraph of the use in history and today or why it is not used today.
  4. Write a conclusion about your thoughts on the theory or conceptual framework.


Length:  4 pages

References:  Include a minimum of five (5) scholarly resources.


Your paper must be two to three pages in length, typed, double-spaced, and must be written about a concert attended this semester. The concert must be classical music, world music, or jazz. 


The paper should include the following:

1) The date and place of the concert attended and the name(s) of the performing group. A program from the concert must accompany your paper.

2) A description of the type of concert attended (opera, chamber music, symphony, jazz, etc.)

3) A description of the performance environment.

4) Significant historical facts about the performer, composer, and the compositions. (Select 1 or 2 works heard of particular interest)

5) A brief analysis of the musical elements – the instrumentation, the tempo, the structure or form of the composition (sonata form, rondo form, etc.) the harmonic texture, the meter, the tonality, the characteristics of the melody (stepwise melodic contour, large leaps, chromatic, sequential)

6) Your opinion about the quality of the performance.

7) A descriptive personal response.

informative speech

informative speech on global/speech. country of choice “TOGO”


summary of this article

A Shift in American Family Values Is Fueling Estrangement


Joshua Coleman  January 10, 2021                                                                         The Atlantic

As a psychologist specializing in family estrangement, my days are spent sitting with parents who are struggling with profound feelings of grief and uncertainty. “If I get sick during the pandemic, will my son break his four years of silence and contact me? Or will I just die alone?” “How am I supposed to live with this kind of pain if I never see my daughter again?” “My grandchildren and I were so close and this estrangement has nothing to do with them. Do they think I abandoned them?”

Since I wrote my book When Parents Hurt, my practice has filled with mothers and fathers who want help healing the distance with their adult children and learning how to cope with the pain of losing them. I also treat adult children who are estranged from their parents. Some of those adult children want no contact because their parents behaved in ways that were clearly abusive or rejecting. To make matters worse for their children and themselves, some parents are unable to repair with the damage they caused or continue to inflict. However, my recent research—and my clinical work over the past four decades—has shown me that you can be a conscientious parent and your kid may still want nothing to do with you when they’re older.

However they arrive at estrangement, parents and adult children seem to be looking at the past and present through very different eyes. Estranged parents often tell me that their adult child is rewriting the history of their childhood, accusing them of things they didn’t do, and/or failing to acknowledge the ways in which the parent demonstrated their love and commitment. Adult children frequently say the parent is dishonest for not acknowledging the harm they caused or are still causing, failing to respect their boundaries, and/or being unwilling to accept the adult child’s requirements for a healthy relationship.

Both sides often fail to recognize how profoundly the rules of family life have changed over the past half century. “Never before have family relationships been seen as so connected with the search for personal growth, the pursuit of happiness, and the need to confront and overcome psychological obstacles,” the historian Stephanie Coontz, the director of education and research for the Council on Contemporary Families, told me in an email. “For most of history, family relationships were based on mutual obligations rather than on mutual understanding. Parents or children might reproach the other for failing to honor/acknowledge their duty, but the idea that a relative could be faulted for failing to honor/acknowledge one’s ‘identity’ would have been incomprehensible.”

In The Marriage-Go-Round, the Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin wrote that starting in the late 19th century, traditional sources of identity such as class, religion, and community slowly began to be replaced with an emphasis on personal growth and happiness. By the second half of the

20th century, American families had gone through changes that, Cherlin said, were “unlike anything that previous generations of Americans have ever seen.”

Deciding which people to keep in or out of one’s life has become an important strategy to achieve that happiness. While there’s nothing especially modern about family conflict or a desire to feel insulated from it, conceptualizing the estrangement of a family member as an expression of personal growth as it is commonly done today is almost certainly new.

Of course, not all individuals base their ideas of family on these more individualized principles. “Most immigrant families, especially those in the first generation, still value interdependence and filial duty,” Mintz noted. “However, in recent decades the majority of American families have experienced weakening [extended] kin ties and high rates of mobility and dispersion. I would argue that these factors have made the opportunities for familial alienation greater than in the past.”

Estrangement seems to affect a small but significant portion of families in the United States, and it is happening today against a backdrop of record-high parental investment. During the past 50 years, people across the classes have been working harder than ever to be good parents. They have given up hobbies, sleep, and time with their friends in the hope of delivering their offspring into successful adulthood.

On the positive side, this increased investment of time and affection has meant that parents and adult children are in more consistent and positive contact than in prior generations. Due to the likelihood of divorce, many parents in the past half century have had reason to believe that the relationship with their child might be the one connection they can count on—the one most likely to be there in the future. Yet, in the same way that unrealistically high expectations of fulfillment from marriage sometimes increase the risk of divorce, unrealistically high expectations of families as providers of happiness and meaning might increase the risk of estrangement.

Studies on parental estrangement have grown rapidly in the past decade,. Most estrangements between a parent and an adult child are initiated by the child, according to a 2015 survey of more than 800 people. A survey of mothers from 65 to 75 years old with at least two living adult children found that about 11 percent were estranged from a child and 62 percent reported contact less than once a month with at least one child.

In these and other studies, common reasons given by the estranged adult children were emotional, physical, or sexual abuse in childhood by the parent, “toxic” behaviors such as disrespect or hurtfulness, feeling unsupported, and clashes in values. Parents are more likely to blame the estrangement on their divorce, their child’s spouse, or what they perceive as their child’s “entitlement.”

But in other cases, estrangement is born from love. One of the downsides of the careful, conscientious, anxious parenting that has become common in the United States is that our children sometimes get too much of us—not only our time and dedication, but our worry, our concern. Sometimes the steady current of our movement toward children creates a wave so powerful that it threatens them.  It leaves them unable who they are and what they want for themselves until they’re safely beyond the parent’s reach. Sometimes they need to leave the parent to find themselves.

And sometimes children feel too much responsibility for their parents’ happiness. I often hear estranged adult children request better boundaries from their parents as a condition of reconciliation. As Andrew Solomon wrote in Far From the Tree, “There is no contradiction between loving someone and feeling burdened by that person. Indeed, love tends to magnify the burden.”

Many fathers and mothers tell me they feel betrayed by their children’s lack of availability or responsivity, especially those who provided their children with a life they see as enviable compared with their own childhoods. As the University of Virginia sociologist Joseph E. Davis told me, parents expect a “reciprocal bond of kinship” in which their years of parenting will be repaid with later closeness..




  1. Read the article above.
  2. First, write a summary of the article.
  3. Then in at least one paragraph, respond to the central theme of the article. Make sure you give strong reasons to support your opinion.


  • Your summary has no required length. It should be thorough, as we have studied.
  • Your response paragraph(s) should be at least 500 words.


Provide the number of words of your response at the end of your composition (Do not include the number of words in the summary.)

Make sure that you space your composition appropriately.

Do not include the article in your upload.

Don’t write the word Summary; Don’t write the word Response

Due Date: Thurs., May 6

interpretative essay

You will write an interpretative essay comparing Medea by Euripides, Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, and Tracks by Louise Erdrich

You can choose one of these topics:

  • Human Struggles with the Gods
  • Fate and Free Will
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Guilt and Suffering
  • A topic of your own


Requirements of the assignment:

This paper requires that you do research about your topic involving these required texts Medea by Euripides, Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, and Tracks by Louise Erdrich.

This paper requires a minimum of 4 outside sources that you have located on the Delta College Library database.  These should be critical sources from peer reviewed academic journals or nonfiction books.  DO NOT USE ANY FICTIONAL TEXTS AS SUPPORT FOR YOUR ARGUMENT

This paper requires a minimum 5 page length with an additional Works Cited Page

This paper requires MLA format ONLY.  Use your Writer’s Reference to help you; this mean you will have to open the book and turn the pages to locate the information you need to conform to MLA guidelines.

This paper requires the use of the literary terminology you learned this semester.

Please use the Thesis Driven Essay Outline to get you started.

You must mention all sources in your introduction; this is a Review of Literature.  You must incorporate quotations from all of your sources in support of your thesis.  Failure to do so will adversely affect your grade.  You must use five outside critical sources.  These critical sources may be books or peer reviewed journals that you access on the Delta College Library database.

Internet sources are not acceptable for this paper.  Examples of internet sources are (but is not limited to) marxist.org, dictionary.com, and brainyquotes.com.  NO WEBSITES OR INTERNET SOURCES.

Make sure that you refer to the literary terms and devices we have studied during the semester.   This paper is a culmination of the literary criticism skills you have gain during the semester.  Think of it as your opportunity to exercise your interpretative powers, so have fun.

Technology And Education

Technology and Education

Analyze the impact of a particular trend in technology on education and take an argumentative approach to this issue.

You might analyze any one of the following.  These are just examples.  Many approaches are possible for this topic.

a)  The potential impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on higher education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.

b)  The impact of online courses on education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.

c)  The impact of digital media on online courses

d)  The impact of the computer on writing courses or courses in other disciplines

e)  The impact of certain forms of technology on reading skills or reading habits, for example the ubiquity of texting for communication and how that may affect academia.

Whether video games should be introduced into schools and used to help educate students

 ENGL 1010
Research-Supported Persuasive Argument Essay

This essay will be a thesis-driven, research-supported essay.  Your purpose is to make an original argument and support it with evidence. Your intended audience is an academic one; therefore, tone, language and style should be appropriate for an academic audience.

Length: Minimum length requirement is six full pages. Maximum length is 8 pages.  The Works Cited page does not count towards page count. You may go over this maximum if you feel it enriches your argument.


DUE: May 2.  No late work accepted.



*This is the most important essay you will draft and submit because it demonstrates all of the course outcomes. More important, it demonstrates your research and documentation skills which are required in order to advance to additional writing courses.


You have three categories listing possible essay topics. Please choose one topic that is of interest to you. Then, develop a thesis that clearly indicates your stance on this issue.

*NOTE: If you would like to come up with your own topic and subsequent thesis, you must email me for approval. You may also choose from the topics discussed in the “Discussing Persuasive Arguments” Discussion Board.



  1. Technology and Education


Analyze the impact of a particular trend in technology on education and take an argumentative approach to this issue.

You might analyze any one of the following.  These are just examples.  Many approaches are possible for this topic.


  1. The potential impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on higher education. You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.
  2. The impact of online courses on education. You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.
  3. The impact of digital media on online courses
  4. The impact of the computer on writing courses or courses in other disciplines
  5. The impact of certain forms of technology on reading skills or reading habits, for example the ubiquity of texting for communication and how that may affect academia.
  6. Whether video games should be introduced into schools and used to help educate students


  1. Technology and Your Field of Study


Analyze the impact of technology on a field of study of your choice. Take an argumentative approach to this issue.    


This option represents a more general approach to the essay.


Some examples might be the following. These are just examples.  Many approaches are possible for this topic.


  1. The impact of mobile devices on cybersecurity
  2. The impact of the Internet on the field of advertising
  3. The impact of cloud computing on a particular business field
  4. The impact of the Internet in an area of communication studies
  5. The impact of the Internet on global marketing strategies
  6. The impact of a particular type of technology on health care


3) Choose YOUR OWN ARGUMENTATIVE TOPIC.  For this option, please email me for approval.  This  is required.

Strategies for the essay

The essay should have the following elements:


  • an engaging introductory paragraph.  You might even want to cite a direct quote or paraphrase from an academic source in the opening paragraph to make your opening engaging to the reader.
  • an effective and clear thesis statement, either explicitly presented or implied. Avoid first person and the announcement tone.
  • if needed, a statement of definitions and background on the topic on which you are writing.
    • You will want to define any terms necessary for the reader that the reader may not be familiar with.
    • You may want to provide a historical background on your topic, if needed.
  • unified, supported, and coherent body paragraphs that defend the thesis
  • sources cited throughout the body paragraphs that support the arguments in the paper. A balance of paraphrases and direct quotes should be smoothly integrated within the essay. All paraphrases and quotes from sources should be followed with parenthetical citations according to MLA style of documentation.
  • an effective, satisfying conclusion
  • a Works Cited page that lists the sources cited.  The references should be listed in MLA format.



The sources and citation format for this essay

You are required to use at least five academic sources for this essay. 


At least three of the minimum five must be acquired through the databases subscribed to by PGCC’s Information and Library Services (print or electronic). A helpful database to start with is Opposing Viewpoints in Context. For a shortcut to the online library, click on Library Resources in our course menu.

You may not use the following sources: Wikipedia, Schmoop, Sparknotes,  GradeSaver, Bookrags, or any “essay assistance” websites.  We will discuss in class how to evaluate valid, scholarly sources.


Keep in mind that if the sources are scholarly, the argument you make in the paper will be more persuasive.  For this reason, feel free to use all scholarly sources from the library’s databases if you can.


In addition, please feel free to cite more than five sources.  You may find six sources are necessary to establish your argument and defend your thesis.



This essay is a persuasive essay, in which you try to persuade the reader of a particular position. You might not be able to persuade all readers but if your argument is a valid, well presented one, then you have achieved your goal. Here’s a brief example of a topic:

For a persuasive essay, you could take the position that video games should be integrated into school science curricula to teach middle school students.  You would cite articles that demonstrate research studies and other pieces of evidence to support the claim that video games can enhance instruction in science classes and will help middle school students learn science more effectively. You will acknowledge some of the opposition to this argument but again counter them with your critical ideas and research.




When you write a persuasive essay, please follow the following option for organization:


  • Classical (deductive) approach (this approach is the preferred method of organization). Please see Course Docs for organization model.

*However, you may look at other forms of organization if you wish:

Inductive and Deductive Reasoning, p. 524-526 in McWhorter.




observation essay

Write an observation essay that explains the unique significance of a community, place, or group. Describe the community, place, or group through vivid description, narration, dialogue and sensory details. Help others outside of your community understand the unique values of the community, place, or group.

CR Icon Pencil.png Assignment

Observation, as the CEL describes it, requires writers to “study their subjects and learn something by seeing them in a particular way” (93). Observation essays do more than just report facts: they also “find the hidden meaning, the significant issues, and the important aspects of a particular subject” (93).

Your purpose in this Observation Essay is to convey the significance of a particular community, place, or group through details that show how the subject “fits” within the community’s priorities and values. Your descriptions and details should make it easy for someone unfamiliar with your community, place, or group to understand why the community, place, or group you chose is relevant and significant to the community.

*Note: although this essay is intended to be based in recent, firsthand observations, you may write from recent memories instead if you are restricted in travel and mobility during the COVID pandemic. If you are writing from memories, try to recreate scenes and descriptions as though you are seeing them again for the first time.

As you look back over your observations and notes, remember that your essay should do more than simply relate details without any larger significance. Your observation of the community, place, or group should also draw out the unique, interesting, and special qualities of the community, place, or group.

Caution: Please keep in mind that writing in this class is public, and anything you write about may be shared with other students and instructors. Please only write about details that you are comfortable making public within our classroom community. You should know that your teacher is required by the State of Texas (Links to an external site.) to report any suspected incidents of discrimination, harassment, Title IX sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct to the UNT Title IX coordinators. If you have any questions about anything personal that you might want to disclose, email your teacher first or consult with one of the resources listed on this page: Information on Sexual Violence and Mandatory Reporting.

CR Icon Page.png Format and Length

  • Format: Typed, double-spaced, submitted as a word-processing document.
    12 point, text-weight font, 1-inch margins.
  • Length: 1000 – 1250 words (approx. 4-5 pages)
  • Value: This project will be graded out of 100 possible points, and will be part of the Unit 2 Project group, worth 20% of the grade for the course.
  • Overview: For this writing project, you will use firsthand observations and discoveries to write about a community, place, or group. Using details from your observations (or from recent memories), you will describe the community, place, or group their/its unique values and significance.

Persuasive Essay

Persuasive Essay (Due Week Four)

Chosen topic 

  • The persuasive essay requires you to argue a position on a debatable topic.
  • You will support your position by conducting research, evaluating evidence, and presenting it in a well-organized essay.
  • This assignment is based on research. It is not simply a preference or an expression of your opinion.
  • The goal is to persuade a reader to adopt a certain point of view by using reliable sources, statistics and facts, logic, examples, and expert opinions.
  • The essay should address an opposing view, and respectfully state why your position is stronger.
  • The final essay should include a thesis statement, clear position on chosen topic, acknowledgement of the opposing view, clear purpose and direction, and effective conclusion.
  • Revised essay should be error free and consistent in tone, point of view and verb tense.
  • Three reliable sources are required to support your position.
  • Reliable sources include Keiser Library, Google scholar, and others approved by your instructor.


Should the minimum wage be raised from its current $7.25 per hour?


  • 1000 words minimum
  • Must include three sources with in-text and reference citations
  • Microsoft Word document
  • APA Format with title page, introduction, body, conclusion, and reference page