CAVEAT: You might want to give out only a generic explanation of Unit 2 (see Course Overview materials) at the beginning of the semester until you get to know your students and their strengths and weaknesses. As you think about ways to meet the goals for Unit 2--helping students learn how to find appropriate sources and integrate them appropriately into an academic paper--please remember that some papers will require more sophisticated writing and thinking skills than other types of papers.
There are almost certainly other possibilities for papers that would meet our overall goals for this part of the semester. The third approach we've worked out so far--the Position Paper--attempts to lay out one additional way of viewing the work of Unit 2.
Please give Kate any assignment sheets that fine-tune the essay tasks for Unit 2 (especially if you work out any other options for this part of the semester).