3 pages MLA format essay.

Background Readings

Davis, Sampson, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt. The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream. New York: Riverhead, 2002. Print.

Dweck, Carol S. “Brainology: Transforming Students’ Motivation to Learn.”

Tyler, Aisha. “The Hundredth Time I Did Standup.” Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation.

Writing Task 

In an essay of at least three pages, choose one of the strategies for success that Davis, Jenkins, and Hunt discuss in The Pact to use in answering the following questions:

How effective is this strategy? In particular, how does it (or how would it) help college students to succeed?

You must use the book by Davis, Jenkins, and Hunt as one of the sources in your final draft of the essay. We have spent an entire week reading and discussing the book, so it needs to be a significant part of your essay’s discussion. You may, of course, use the essays by Dweck and Tyler in your paper, but you must also use at least one other source in your essay besides the readings listed above.

You should consider including a comparison and/or contrast of the different readings that we have done with respect to this strategy. You could explain, for example, how Davis, Jenkins, and Hunt’s approach would be more or less effective than Dweck’s or Tyler’s in helping students to achieve success or avoiding failure. 

As a part of your discussion, you must include a personal story of anecdote that illustrates the application of this strategy in your life. You might include a discussion of a time in your life when you used this strategy, or you might choose instead to describe a time in your life when you should have used this strategy but didn’t. This story should not be longer than a paragraph in your final draft, though. It is not the main focus of the paper, nor should it receive a great deal of emphasis in your final draft. 

You will need to attempt a Works Cited entry for the outside source you choose. If possible, you can include it at the bottom of the last page of your essay rather than creating a separate page. You do not need to worry about doing the entries for Dweck, Tyler, and Davis, Jenkins, and Hunt. You will, of course, need to introduce and cite all of your sources, including those listed above, properly throughout the essay. 


– One of the paragraphs has to be an example about yourself how you succeeded in college. Personal story.

The strategy has to be from the book (Davis, Sampson, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt. 
The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream. New York: Riverhead, 2002. Print.)