ENG 101 Critical Response Essay

The Task:
This critical response provides your reaction to a text, supporting your views with evidence from within the text, your own reasoning and experiences, and another source.

· Instructor-provided article which you will use for the critical response
· Additional source located by you in a library database or the Internet
· Your additional source must be approved by your instructor

To complete this project, you should complete/submit the following:
· Read and annotate the instructor-provided article
· Review principles of information literacy and APA formatting
· Locate a second source in a library database or the Internet with instructor approval
· Complete the prewriting as required by instructor:____________________________
· Submit the final Critical Response Essay in APA format

· Multi-paragraph essay
· APA format, including font, spacing, margins, title page, headers, embedded citations, and references page
· 825-1,375 words (must meet minimum word count, exclusive of title and references pages)
· Text evidence should be paraphrased. Direct quotes should be used appropriately. All information from a text must be properly documented in APA format.

Point of View:
· 1st and 3rd person points of view as appropriate
· 2nd person point of view is NOT appropriate for this assignment


Begin by identifying the text (author, title, date, and source) and the overall point of the text. Provide a BRIEF summary of the key supporting points of the article. Provide your overall thesis for your response. Support your thesis with information from the text, your own reasoning and experiences, and the additional source you located. Conclude the Critical Response by re-emphasizing your overall reaction to the text and providing closure. You should address the following questions in your Critical Response:

· What is the text’s purpose (e.g. persuade, entertain, inform)?
· Who is the intended audience?
· What is the text’s main idea?
· What are the key supporting points in the text?
· Do you agree or disagree with the author? Why or why not?
· What information from the text either supports your view or can be challenged?
· How do your life and experiences agree with or differ from the concepts in the text?
· What is the impact of the author’s worldviews, biases, and assumptions on the text?
· How do your personal worldviews, biases, and assumptions impact your reaction to the text?

Your Critical Response should include the following sections:
Introduction: Identify the text (author, title, date, source) and the overall thesis/main idea. Explain the author’s purpose and audience and, if appropriate here, author’s worldview. BRIEFLY summarize the key points in the article and end with your overall response/thesis.
· Body: Provide body paragraphs that clearly explain the points/content with which you agree or disagree. Provide specific references to the text and your ow

https://www.vox.com/2015/6/23/8823349/immigration-system-broken 1/8

I spent the last 15 years trying to become an
American. I’ve failed.
By William Han Jun 23, 2015, 8:00am EDT

I have lived in America for the past 15 years. I have two Ivy League degrees. And I am on the
verge of deportation.

Despite being an “honorary American,” as I have often jokingly introduced myself, I am in fact a
citizen of New Zealand. I was 18 years old when I first came to America. I still remember the
excitement I felt when, very late at night, my flight from Auckland touched down at JFK.
Americans may romanticize New Zealand for its natural beauty, for being Middle Earth, but we
from the small country often dreamed of the metropolis, longed for its culture, its opportunities,
its sense of being the center of the world. And I was about to be a part of all that.

I had come to America to attend Yale. Barbara Bush, President Bush’s daughter, turned out to be
in my class. I spent four dutiful years there and graduated with honors, initially majoring in math
and physics before switching to the humanities. (Later I would from time to time regret this
decision, as immigration rules are somewhat more lenient when you have a degree in “STEM” —
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — although even with STEM graduates the
immigration system is badly dysfunctional.)

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I then decided to go to law school at Columbia. I was lucky enough to get cushy jobs at
prestigious law firms despite the Great Recession, and to work on high-profile cases
representing Fortune 500 companies.

37 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants

Hillary Clinton has taken a stunningly aggressive stance on immigration reform

This is why it’s all but impossible for immigrants to “play by the rules”

All of these years I have spent in America, I have spent legally. I have been determined to do
everything on the up and up. From college to law school to professional life, from student visa to
work visa, I have scrupulously followed every immigration regulation, paid all my taxes, filed all
the papers I had to file, and have not so much as received a parking ticket.

But it turns out that following all the rules is not enough. A move into public interest work
unexpectedly fell through, leading to the imminent cancellation of my work visa. Come July, my
current visa will expire, and — again in the spirit of obeying the rules — I will get on a plane to


https://www.vox.com/2015/6/23/8823349/immigration-system-broken 3/8

somewhere else in the world, anywhere but America. Following all of Uncle Sam’s rules has led
me, 15 years down the road, to a plane ticket booked on short notice to anywhere but here.
Maybe at some point in the indefinite future I will be able to

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