Election Reflection Essay
Background: Regardless of your feelings about the results, you can all agree that you have witnessed an historic election, historic not only in outcome, but also in the involvement by younger citizens. Fortunately, the campaigns considered Colorado a battleground state; therefore, we reaped considerable attention by the candidates. Due to the level of contention, teenagers – usually known for their complacency surrounding public discourse issues – grew interested at an unprecedented level, a level I have not witnessed in my lifetime. Although unable to vote, many students expressed their enthusiasm and support by volunteering for campaigns and get-out-the-vote efforts. Many went to campaign rallies to hear the candidates firsthand, relishing in the excitement. The level of engagement by students in the AP 11 classes, indicative of the level of engagement by young people nationwide, certainly bodes well for the future of our country. Preserving your thoughts concerning the election on paper should produce an interesting essay, a valuable record of your experience.
The Assignment: You are to compose an essay expressing your thoughts regarding the election. The genre and topic is up to you; however, the essay must convey a point with a thesis statement, not simply tell a story. As with any open genre assignment, choose the genre and voice that will convey your ideas to your audience most effectively. For example, you may decide on a personal reflective paper describing the elation or disappointment you experienced after Senator Obama was announced as our president-elect and explaining why. You may decide on a personal narrative describing your feelings while attending one of the rallies or working on a campaign. You may decide on a personal narrative relating the nature of your perception of the future under an Obama administration and explaining why. You may decide to compose an expository paper elucidating an aspect of the election process that impressed you. You may decide to compose an argumentative paper on an issue that concerned you while observing the election process. These are only suggestions; you are not limited to them.
Requirements: There is no page requirement; however, the essay must effectively convey your assertions with adequate support and depth. Your MLA formatted paper is due on Tuesday, November 18. You will share the most interesting and illuminating papers (as determined by the TAs) with the class, so consider your audience.