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Summer Reading Assignment 2016

Did You Know?

Since January 7th, 2016 14 individuals have been executed in the United States?

Did You Know?

California alone currently has 743 inmates on death row?

Did You Know?

Since 1973, over 150 people have been released from death row with evidence of
their innocence?
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption shares his “perspective as a young lawyer in this powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.” Source: Penguin Random House

Steps for Successfully Completing the Summer Reading Assignment
  • Purchase the book.
  • Read the Active Reading section prior to reading the book.
  • Review the assignment for your first year seminar course, BUS 101, LA 100, ENGR 100, ENGR 102, HONE 102.
  • Take notes, highlight, and formulate your thoughts and opinions for both the Summer Reading Assignment and the ENGL 130 or ENGL 132 in-class essay,which will be assigned once the semester starts.
  • Write the Summer Reading Assignment paper prior to Transitions weekend and turn it in on the first day of your First Year Seminar class.
  • Bring the book and your notes with you to be prepared for the ENGL 130 or ENGL 132 in-class essay and discussions.

All first year students are expected to read the summer reading book.
The book is the basis for the two assignments listed below.

Part 1: First Year Reflection Paper Assignment Directions

Students enrolled in First Year Seminar (i.e., BUS 101, LA 100, ENGR 100, ENGR 102, or HONE 102) will complete the First Year Reflection Paper Assignment. If you are a declared Pre-pharmacy major, you will not need to complete this paper as you will not be enrolled in a first year seminar course.

Select one of the writing prompts. Whichever prompt you select, do not hesitate to go beyond the parameters of the book. What is important is that you develop a carefully reasoned opinion supported by specific references from the reading. You can use your own experiences or outside sources to further document your response.

Use the grading rubric as you write your paper. Refer to the attached writing assignment grading rubric to determine expectations of quality. Keep in mind that faculty may elect to place varying degrees of emphasis on the elements within the rubric. Expect assignments to be graded according to individual instructor-determined weight for the assignment, i.e. calculated by the specific seminar instructor.

Turn your paper in on the first day of class to your First Year Seminar instructor. The summer reading assignment is due on the first day of class in all sections of First Year Seminar. Be sure to have both a paper version and an electronic version prepared. Some sections may require one or the other, or both.

  • All references are to be properly cited using either MLA or APA format.
  • The paper should be at least three pages but no more than four pages in length (not including the title page and works cited).
  • All papers are to be double-spaced using no larger than 12-point font, Times New Roman, and no larger than 1” margins.
  • Use standard word processing software, preferably Microsoft Word.
  • Spell-check and proofread.
  • Include a title page and a works cited page.
  • Copy and paste the specific prompt you are using as part of the title page.