It should be formatted and documented in mla style, including parenthetical citations and works cited followed by your annotations of your source material.

Write a thoughtful, detailed essay responding to and reflecting upon what Bassham et al. describe as barriers and impediments to critical thinking. It should be formatted and documented in MLA style, including parenthetical citations and works cited followed by your annotations of your source material. When done, upload your essay as either a Word, PDF file, or Google Doc with permission for me to access it. To prepare for Writing First, read pages 9-25 to review what they describe as barriers and impediments and their reasons for their conclusions about them. Include what you learned about mental shortcuts or heuristics, too. Annotate the key concepts and vocabulary involved in understanding those barriers and impediments described in pages 10-25. Include parenthetical citations in MLA format to document your notes. Respond and reflect upon your notes and save them to insert them at the end of your essay. For an example of these types of notes, see the Example Annotation for Reflection linked here. Use your notes to develop and write your essay, and if you find yourself struggling with how to start, read Exercise 1.5 for ideas to get you started. Grading You can earn up to 50 points for the quality of your writing based on the following: Accurate introduction to the subject matter, its sources, and your thesis statement about it – up to 10 Accurate and clear summarized or paraphrased background information about concepts and vocabulary necessary to understand the subject matter – up to 10 Precise, relevant, consistent, logical, and complete responses and reflections on the subject matter – up to 10 Precise and accurate MLA style parenthetical and bibliographic works cited citations of the sources evident in the essay – up to 10 Complete annotations of the source material – up to 10 Why do this work? To develop your ability to: analyze and evaluate college-level, predominantly nonfiction text from diverse sources and perspectives demonstrate the ability to communicate empathically and persuasively in both oral and written contexts, including reading and writing demonstrate the ability to synthesize college-level text from diverse sources and perspectives And to learn the foundational concepts that will your of the rest of the subject