EXTRA CREDIT PAPER
Choose a The Big Squeeze chapter listed below, which is not part of the assigned reading:
- Chapter 9 “Taking the High Road,” about corporations that treat employees well
- Chapter 10, “Overstressed and Overstretched,” about Americans working more hours per year than workers in any other industrial nation
- Chapter 14, “Starting Out Means a Steeper Climb,” about the situation of young workers
Find at least three newspaper or magazine articles on this topic that have been written in the last twenty-four months. Write a paper on your topic. In the first two-thirds of your paper summarize the readings. In the final one-third of your paper provide an analysis of what you’ve read.
You are required to write a double-spaced essay that is at least 6 pages but no more than 10 pages long. Papers under 6 pages will be severely graded down. Draw upon the extra reading in Greenhouse and additional news articles to write your paper. You will be graded solely on the depth of your knowledge of the material. You must demonstrate you have done the additional reading to get credit for your paper. A paper that is solely your opinions unsupported by facts drawn from the reading will not receive extra credit. Do not excessively use quotations from the reading. You must source your quotes and statistics. You must have a Works Cited page at the end of the paper to list your additional reading besides Greenhouse. Before writing your Extra Credit paper please re-read the section of the syllabus on plagiarism and cheating.
Use Times Roman 12 point font. Put your name and the course title at the top of the first page. Your exam should be double-spaced; have one inch margins; and be numbered at the bottom. Do not put an extra space between paragraphs. Please note that Microsoft Word may set margins at 1.5 inches so you must reset them under “file” and “page setup.” Edit your paper for spelling and grammar.
An extra credit paper cannot be used to boost a course grade to an A+. Too brief and poor quality papers will receive zero points.
Papers are due in Assignments by 11:30 p.m. on the deadline listed in the syllabus. There are no extensions. Email me through Compass email if you have any questions about this assignment.
CHECK LIST ON FORMATTING BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR PAPER
ü Is your paper at least six doublespaced pages? (Longer papers are encouraged.)
ü Is your paper saved in MS Word, either 2003, 2007, or 2010?
ü Is your paper written in Times Roman 12 point font?
ü Is your paper saved with the filename in capital letters “LAST NAME.FIRST NAME.LER 120 Extra Credit”?
ü At the top of your paper is there one line that says “Last name, first name, LER 120 Extra Credit Paper, date”?
ü Have you set the margins to 1 inch?
ü Have you gone to Format, Paragraph, Spacing, and set “before” and “after” to 0 pts, and spacing to “double”?
ü Have you made sure there are no extra spaces between paragraphs? And that your paper is doublespaced throughout?
ü Have you numbered pages at the bottom of each page?
ü Is there a Works Cited section at the end of your paper?
ü Did you run a spell check before submitting your paper?
ü Please remember what is written in the syllabus: Any student who submits a paper that includes any material that was written by someone else is guilty of plagiarism and will receive a reduced grade in the course.