The 2015 collection of student essays features a variety of topics and approaches to research writing. Ellen Lapointe’s journalistic approach shares the story of the murder of Mary Joe Frug. The tale of this still unsolved murder is very compelling. Claire Sauter discusses the challenge of encouraging younger readers to become active readers. She argues for a revision of the standard curriculum for literature in middle schools to make it more challenging, entertaining and engaging for today’s readers. Finally, Brian Verbickas takes a look at advertising for prescription medication that is aimed directly at consumers. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
These writers offer essays that show us the diversity of research writing in 199 as well as the passion and engagement of the students using writing to learn.