Classic English Literature

This ​ ​assignment ​ ​helps ​ ​us ​ ​identify ​ ​the ​ ​ways ​ ​in ​ ​which ​ ​narratives, ​ ​expository ​ ​pieces, ​ ​and arguments ​ ​(including ​ ​literature ​ ​and ​ ​literary ​ ​analyses) ​ ​are ​ ​shaped ​ ​by ​ ​an ​ ​author’s ​ ​social, historical, ​ ​moral, ​ ​psychological, ​ ​and ​ ​philosophical ​ ​assumptions. ​ ​It ​ ​also ​ ​helps ​ ​students prepare ​ ​for ​ ​the ​ ​​Analysis ​ ​Essay ​.

Write ​ ​a ​ ​essay ​ ​with ​ ​MLA ​ ​in-text ​ ​citations ​ ​and ​ ​a ​ ​Works ​ ​Cited ​ ​page. ​ ​Answer ​ ​the ​ ​following question: ​ ​how ​ ​does ​ ​the ​ ​identity ​ ​(values, ​ ​experiences, ​ ​family, ​ ​beliefs, ​ ​etc.) ​ ​of ​ ​the artist ​ ​you’ve ​ ​chosen ​ ​influence ​ ​the ​ ​artists’ ​ ​work?

1. My ​ ​artist ​ ​is ​ ​​“Donald ​ ​Trump”
2. Research ​ ​the ​ ​artist, ​ ​with ​ ​a ​ ​focus ​ ​on ​ ​the ​ ​question ​ ​above.
1. Post ​ ​a ​ ​1000-word ​ ​essay ​ ​with ​ ​MLA ​ ​in-text ​ ​citations ​ ​and ​ ​a ​ ​Works ​ ​Cited ​ ​page ​ ​to the ​ ​​Artist ​ ​Summary ​ ​Posting ​ ​​Board ​ ​space ​ ​before ​ ​the ​ ​Friday ​ ​that ​ ​your posting ​ ​is ​ ​due ​ ​

​ ​Analyze ​ ​​ALL ​ ​of ​ ​the ​ ​following ​ ​to ​ ​answer ​ ​the ​ ​question:
● Relevance ​ ​of ​ ​life ​ ​experiences ​ ​and ​ ​circumstances ​ ​​such ​ ​as ​ ​date/place ​ ​of
birth, ​ ​family ​ ​information, ​ ​education ​ ​or ​ ​service ​ ​record, ​ ​employment, ​ ​places
lived, ​ ​etc. ​ ​ONLY ​ ​include ​ ​information ​ ​that ​ ​is ​ ​relevant ​ ​to ​ ​the ​ ​time ​ ​period ​ ​and/or
the ​ ​author’s ​ ​work/influence ​ ​and ​ ​explain ​ ​why ​ ​it’s ​ ​significant ​ ​to ​ ​the ​ ​artist’s ​ ​work.
● Key ​ ​Works ​. ​ ​List ​ ​and ​ ​summarize ​ ​(or ​ ​show ​ ​us) ​ ​a ​ ​few ​ ​key ​ ​texts/pieces ​ ​by ​ ​this
author ​ ​to ​ ​illustrate ​ ​their ​ ​style ​ ​and ​ ​the ​ ​points ​ ​that ​ ​you ​ ​make ​ ​about ​ ​their
relevant ​ ​biographical ​ ​information.
● Cultural ​ ​Context ​. ​ ​How ​ ​does ​ ​this ​ ​artist ​ ​relate ​ ​to ​ ​the ​ ​framework(s), ​ ​cultural
movements, ​ ​historical ​ ​events, ​ ​and ​ ​other ​ ​artists/authors ​ ​we’ve ​ ​been ​ ​studying?
● Influences ​ ​and ​ ​influence. ​ ​​What ​ ​other ​ ​authors, ​ ​ideas, ​ ​and ​ ​artists ​ ​influence
their ​ ​style? ​ ​What ​ ​is ​ ​their ​ ​influence ​ ​on ​ ​other ​ ​artists ​ ​or ​ ​the ​ ​movement? ​ ​Why ​ ​is
this ​ ​author/artist ​ ​important?
● Your ​ ​response ​. ​ ​Explain ​ ​how ​ ​your ​ ​experiences, ​ ​values, ​ ​and ​ ​belief ​ ​affect ​ ​the
way ​ ​you ​ ​respond ​ ​to ​ ​this ​ ​artist ​ ​and ​ ​their ​ ​work. ​ ​(e.g. ​ ​don’t ​ ​just ​ ​say ​ ​“I ​ ​don’t ​ ​like
his/her ​ ​work” ​ ​- ​ ​tell ​ ​us ​ ​why, ​ ​citing ​ ​your ​ ​experiences, ​ ​values, ​ ​and ​ ​beliefs.)
For ​ ​an ​ ​example ​ ​of ​ ​a ​ ​submission ​ ​with ​ ​feedback, ​ ​​click ​ ​here .
For ​ ​the ​ ​rubric, ​ ​​click ​ ​here .
Grading ​ ​Criteria
Criterion EvidenceContent · ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​relevant ​ ​biographical ​ ​information
· ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​key ​ ​works
· ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​cultural ​ ​context
· ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​influences ​ ​and ​ ​influence
· ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​your ​ ​response ​ ​(based ​ ​on ​ ​identity)
Scholarship · ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​all ​ ​claims ​ ​and ​ ​facts ​ ​supported ​ ​with ​ ​evidence, ​ ​examples, ​ ​and
references
· ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​MLA ​ ​in-text ​ ​citations ​ ​and ​ ​Works ​ ​Cited ​ ​page
Composition · ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​clear ​ ​focus ​ ​on ​ ​thesis
· ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​transitions ​ ​and ​ ​explanation ​ ​of ​ ​relationships ​ ​between ​ ​ideas
· ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​paragraphs ​ ​that ​ ​focus ​ ​on ​ ​one ​ ​idea, ​ ​offer ​ ​evidence, ​ ​and ​ ​relate ​ ​to
the ​ ​thesis
· ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​correct ​ ​grammar, ​ ​spelling, ​ ​and ​ ​punctuation
Presentation · ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​MLA ​ ​headers ​ ​and ​ ​document ​ ​format ​ ​used

Last Updated on March 12, 2020