Eng Essay 2 Alien Contact.
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Assignment: Ted Chiang’s short story, “Story of Your Life,” is about aliens from outer space visiting our
planet Earth. How likely is that? Making reference to the essays on alien contact and SETI by Cohen and
Stewart, Aldiss, Berg, and Trotman that we discussed in the past two units, write an essay on the plausibility
of alien contact and our current efforts to contact or hear from them. Consider such questions as: are we
alone in the universe or are there other intelligent beings out there? Why haven’t they visited us? How do we
contact them? Should we devote money and scientific resources to trying to find or hear space aliens?
This assignment is a test of your ability to use quotes, paraphrases, and summaries with proper parenthetical
citation style, as well as your ability to write a thesis and organize a scholarly argument. Thus, you must
include the following kinds of textual evidence in your essay:
1. Summaries of the secondary scholarly sources that you use, where necessary.
2. A minimum of four quotes from your scholarly sources.
3. A minimum of two paraphrases from your scholarly sources.
can also refer to Chiang’s short story, but keep in mind that Chiang’s story is a work of fiction, not a
project; the number of words in your essay; the name, number and time of your class; and your
developed paragraph is a minimum of five sentences long.
and spelling. Essays that exhibit a trend (3 instances) of a single serious grammar, mechanical, or
style error cannot receive a grade higher than a 70. Serious errors consist of errors such as fragments,
comma splices, run-ons, and poor sentence structure, as well as errors in verb tense, verb forms,
subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, pronoun case, diction, and parallelism.