The Soloist is our common reading selected to help you generate ideas for the discussions and research projects associated with the Town Hall Meeting. With this reading, you will complete two essays and post portions of each of those essays here. Your essays should help you define, rethink, and understand your research questions regarding the issues surrounding homelessness, mental illness, and joblessness.
The first essay is a direct response to The Soloist (complete assignment details on page twelve of the course packet). Once you complete this essay, you will, with the help of your instructor, choose a selection of your essay–about 250 words–to post to one of the topics listed below. Please post your responses under the topic heading that best fits the ideas represented in your essay. If you are having a hard time identifying where to post your essay, please consult with your instructor.
Your second essay will respond to and discuss the ideas submitted by other US 101 students on this blog. Good responses will directly address the ideas presented by your fellow peers. For more information about your second essay assignment, refer to page thirteen of the course packet.
**Some notes about the blog format**
All assignments should be typed in a traditional word processing program that offers a spelling and grammar check. Please treat all responses as academic work. This means that your writing should be structurally sound with no more than FIVE grammatical or mechanical errors.