American literature

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“A War Prayer”

Here is a link to the reading: http://www.people.vcu.edu/~toggel/prayer.pdf (Links to an external site.)

Or

 

“Captain My Captain”

Here is a link to Walt Whitman’s famous poem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45474/o-captain-my-captain  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Here is a link to a discussion of the poem as well: http://livinglincoln.web.unc.edu/2015/04/15/o-captain-my-captain-walt-Whitman/ (Links to an external site.)

Or 

“The Noiseless Patient Spider”

Here is the link to the poem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45473/a-noiseless-patient-spider (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Here is an academic essay about the poem as well: https://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=&httpsredir=1&article=1215&context=wwqr (Links to an external site.)

 

Essay #1: Formal Analysis

  • For your essay, you will write about one of the short stories or poems we have studied in class.
  • Your essay should be 3 or more typed pages with a works cited page.
  • The assignment requires 3 literary scholarly sources.
  • Additionally, you will need to use your textbook, so remember to cite it.

 American literature Assignment:

Create a research-based literary analysis that examines one of the short stories or poems we have read this semester. Choose at least one but no more than three elements of fiction or poetry and demonstrate how these elements are used to develop the theme.

Elements that work well are imagery, metaphor, structure, characters, plot, setting, conflict, symbolism, but you may use any of the elements we have discussed. Assume that your readers have read the specific texts you are discussing.

MLA Formatting: 

The paper should follow standard MLA formatting, which does not require section headings or subtitles. The paper should have 12-point font, 1 inch margins, no additional spaces between paragraphs and a proper in text citations and a works cited page.

Thesis structure:

Make sure that your thesis clearly identifies the author, the work, and the literary elements that you will be analyzing in your paper. For example:

The structure, language and title of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” suggest that the speaker is dissatisfied with his choice.

Structuring the Essay:

A suggested structure for this essay includes in the introduction providing a concise overview of the plot or theme with the thesis at the end of the first paragraph. The subsequent paragraphs will focus on the argument with a conclusion that restates the thesis and provides a reason why this is important. The essay should be at least 5 paragraphs in length.

Using and Integrating Sources:

The sources that you use are first to help you develop a greater understanding of the work and second to back up your interpretations. When incorporating sources, make sure to use each source at least once, and to balance your use of sources with the original text.

Therefore, each of your body paragraphs should have at least one quote from the text and one quote or paraphrase from an outside source. The quotes need to be integrated into the writing. They should be introduced, explicated, and related to your thesis. For example:

Frost begins his poem with the speaker’s lament that “two roads diverged” forcing him to choose between the two roads, which symbolically are two life paths(1-2).

American literature Assignment Rubric

Literary Analysis

Literary Analysis
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis and Synthesis

Exhibits a valid and in-depth understanding of the topic, audience, and purpose of writing task. Will offer clear, explicit, and insightful interpretations of text with analysis that is sophisticated.

20.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Development

Exhibits fully and clearly developed ideas while integrating and elaborating fully on correctly cited textual evidence.

20.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Organization

Effectively establishes and maintains consistent focus on a clear and compelling thesis. Exhibits logical and coherent structure with claims, evidence, and interpretations that convincingly support thesis. Make effective use of transition words and phrases.

20.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Language

Uses language that is fluent and original, with a clear awareness of audience and purpose. Word choice allows for a concise and clear message. Varied sentence patterns reveal an awareness of different syntactic structures and enhances the message of the paper.

20.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Conventions

Demonstrates consistent control of format and conventions with few errors and no errors that disrupt meaning. An almost flawless paper.

20.0 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

20.0 pts

 

Literature Exams

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