The majority of your grade in this course comes from a sequence of papers based on the assigned literature. Your essay must be in standard essay format and based on your own ideas; research is not necessary for this particular assignment, but you should use quotes from the literature to support your thesis. Not using quotes from the text will result in points deducted from your grade.
Write a short essay (750 words) that defends a thesis you developed through a close critical reading/analysis of one (or two) works listed in the Week 2 and 3 modules. The “critical response” essay relies on textual support from the primary text (secondary sources are not required) – not plot summary to develop the student’s argument. Do not confuse “critical analysis” with “plot summary”; the goal is to develop, sustain, and advance a thesis based on a critique of the primary text. Some potential topics are listed below:
Format. In an academic community that communicates effectively, proper formatting is a mark both of one’s ability to follow instructions and of one’s willingness to interact with one’s colleagues in an accepted, mutually understandable manner. Therefore, it is important that you follow proper MLA format in producing your texts, particularly as you cite your sources. Failure to do so will lower your grade.
Grading Criteria. I’ll be looking for a clearly defined, arguable thesis and a logical organization of paragraph structures in each paper. Your essay should provide a comprehensive analysis of the work, which should eventually lead to an explanation of the theme of the work. I’ll also look at grammar, usage, mechanics, and so forth, as well as at your use of secondary material.