ENGLISH 1020

WRITING ASSIGNMENTS

 

Response Papers

These two short papers are intended to help you think critically about literature and foster classroom discussion. They must be turned in at the start of class on the day they are due.

 

Guidelines:

 

Due: 9/8

What is Julian’s mother’s opinion about African-Americans? What is Julian’s?

 

Due: 10/4

Explain the problem Antigone faces. How do her beliefs and values conflict with Creon’s? What arguments can be made for or against each character’s position?

 

Major Paper Assignments

 

Paper One

Rough draft due: At conferences on 9/13 – 9/16

Final draft due: 9/22

Length: 3-4 pages

Grade: This paper is worth 25% of your overall grade.

 

Assignment:

From one of the short stories on the syllabus, select a character to whom you had a strong reaction—positive or negative—and write a character analysis essay.

 

Audience: You are to assume that your reader has read the short story about which you are writing, so there is no need to provide a plot summary.

 

Format:

1) After your introduction, spend several paragraphs describing the character you selected and his/her worldview and personality.

2) In the rest of the essay, discuss your reaction to the character. You may want to consider the following:

Do you think your response was the “intended” response. Why or why not?

What personal experiences influenced your reaction?

Did the character challenge your view of life or confirm it?

Did this character make you rethink any of your previously held beliefs?

 

These questions are designed to get you thinking—they are not an outline for your paper. DO NOT organize your paper around these questions. Instead, answer the questions in your prewriting and then develop a thesis statement based on your observations.

 

 

Additional Information:

 

You must do prewriting before you begin drafting, and you must submit this prewriting with both the rough draft and the final draft. For this assignment, your prewriting should include answers to the above questions and an outline.

 

You must support all of your analysis with specific textual examples in the form of quotations, paraphrases, and summaries. All quotations must be properly incorporated into your own sentences. Please review the MLA section of our book for help with this.

 

You should type both drafts in Times New Roman, 12 pt font.

 

Your paper must include a “works cited page” and parenthetical citations, following MLA guidelines. For this assignment, there will be only one entry—the story about which you are writing.

 

Your paper must have a clearly defined thesis statement and topic sentences.

 

YOU MAY CONSULT NO OUTSIDE SOURCES, OTHER THAN THE SHORT STORY, DOING SO WILL BE CONSIDERED ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND WILL BE DEALT WITH ACCORDINGLY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Two

Rough Draft: Due at conferences 10/25 – 10/29

Final Draft: 11/3

Length: 3-4 pages

Grade: This paper is worth 25% of your overall grade.

 

 

Assignment:

Select one of the two options below.

 

Option One: Select two poems (written by two different authors) from our anthology that deal with the same topic/theme and write an essay discussing how the writers present the topic/theme similarly and/or differently. Only one of the two poems can be one that we read for class. Be sure to consider different aspects of the poem such as the speaker, imagery, symbolism, figures of speech, etc.

 

Option Two: Identify a key theme in the writings of a particular poet whose work appears in our text. Select at least two poems by this author and write a paper in which you discuss how this theme is treated in the different poems. Only one of the poems can be one that we read for class.

 

Audience: You are to assume that your reader has read the poems about which you are writing.

 

 

Additional Information:

You must do some prewriting before you begin drafting, and you must submit this prewriting with both the rough draft and the final draft. All of this material must be submitted in a two-pocket paper folder.

 

Prewriting consists of two parts—developing ideas and organizing ideas. To develop ideas you may free write, list, or taking notes. To organize your ideas, you must use some form of an outline (it does not have to be a formal, Roman-numeral outline, however).

 

You must support all of your analysis with specific textual examples in the form of quotations, paraphrases, and summaries. All quotations must be properly incorporated into your own sentences. Please review the MLA section of our book for help with this.

 

You should type both drafts in Times New Roman, 12 pt font.

 

Your paper must include a “works cited page” and parenthetical citations, following MLA guidelines.

 

Your paper must have a clearly defined thesis statement and topic sentences.

 

YOU MAY CONSULT NO OUTSIDE SOURCES, OTHER THAN THE SHORT STORY, DOING SO WILL BE CONSIDERED ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND WILL BE DEALT WITH ACCORDINGLY.

 

 

 

Final Researched Essay

Length: 5-6 pages

Topic Selection: 11/12

Rough Draft due at conferences on 12/6 or 12/8

Final Draft: 12/13

Grade: This paper is worth 30% of your overall class grade.

 

Assignment: For this assignment you will be selecting a work(s) we have read thus far in the semester and analyze it and its biographical, historical, or cultural context. I have provided a list of possible topics below.

 

Audience: You are to assume that your reader has read the literary work(s) about which you are writing but has done no extra research on the historical, cultural, or biographical contexts of the work(s).

 

Source Requirement: In addition to the literary work you are analyzing, you should use three to five outside sources appropriate for use in an academic essay. Only one of these sources can be a website. Items originally in print but accessed on the Internet (journal articles from databases, etc) do not count as websites.

 

Topics:

 

 

 

 


You will need to quote from the literary work about which you are writing in addition to your outside sources; don’t simply include one or the other.

 

This assignment will require looking at many different types of sources—if possible, you should try to find sources written in the time period in question as well as modern scholarship about the time period.

 

 

Additional Information:

 

Things to include in your final draft folder

Rough draft

Final draft

Photocopies of all sources

Evidence of prewriting and an outline or other organizational tool

 

Where to begin

Start at the library. You want to make use both of the library catalog and the online databases, looking at both journals and books.

 

 

The following are a list of online databases, available in the library and through remote access at your home, which you might find helpful.

 

American History Online

 

Expanded Academic ASAP Plus

 

Research Library

 

Literary Resource Center

 

Possible Book Sources for some topics: