Format: MLA typing style–look at student samples in Files and Rules For Writers.
Goals: Full essay–introduction paragraph that includes a thesis (the point you discovered), body paragraphs that prove the thesis, and a conclusion paragraph. Discuss the article following the MLA conventions for using outside sources.
Write as if the audience is not familiar with any of the articles.
Use at least 2 sources in your paper.
In our book Best American Science and Nature Essays 2017: “The Invisible Catastrophe” Nathaniel Rich New York Times Magazine (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.March 31 2016 [pp.151-166]
“The Invisible Catastrophe” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.YouTube directed by Adam Silverman
“The Invisible Catastrophe Sickening Families in California” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. NPR
“What I Saw in Porter Ranch” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Earthworks.org
Los Angeles Times Porter Ranch Gas Leak update (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Include a Works Cited: proper citation for each article you use.
Topic: Choose 1 of the following claims:
1. The Aliso Canyon Porter Ranch Gas Leak long term effects on the residents and the environment are hard to quantify.
2. Compare and contrast different residents of the Aliso Canyon Porter Ranch Gas Leak, those that got sick and those that didn’t, those that still live there and those that moved away.
3. How would you, as the Gas company or California [taxpayers], determine damages? If you lived in a community like Porter Ranch, is moving away the only solution?