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ENGL 111

short fiction analysis assignment

due: Friday, may 20th

600-750 words for each analysis

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tc “Ongoing Assignment — The Learning Journal”

We are training ourselves in this course to be critical readers and to delve below the surface of plot, character, setting and point of view using literary theory. In this assignment, you will closely examine two (2) of the short stories we studied this term through a specific critical lens. You may use any of the five theoretical questions outlined in Dr. Celena Kusch’s “A Guide to Basic Literary Theory: What Every English Major Should Know” as your guide. You can explore the same question more than once but make sure you try at least two different lenses in the assignment.

1- What does this story suggest about culture, society, and/or differences among groups of people?

2- What does this story suggest about the beauty of language, the imagination, authorship and originality, or the creation of word-based art? What does it suggest about status, elitism, high culture, and/or egalitarian self-expression?

3- What does the story reveal about the possibilities or failures of communication/representation through language?

4- What does the story reveal about the human psyche, identity, representation, or what it means to be human?

5- How does the story make, reflect, or re-shape history?

Make sure you edit your entries before submitting them for grading. These entries should be written in essay form with a central thesis statement for each and should include citations from the text in question. You do not need to include a references list for assigned texts, but if you are using secondary sources outside of the assigned stories to support your statements, be sure to include MLA citations and a references page.

The key message here is: Don’t just summarize what the author has said, and pick a central focus for your discussion based on what you learned in ENGL 110 (or equivalent). This assignment is designed to prompt you to actively engage with what you are reading, rather than to simply accept the author as an authority and absorb ‘facts’ from the text.

I look forward to reading your assignments.

ENGL 111 Short Fiction Analysis Assignment Rubric

16-20

(A range)

· The analyses offered on both are excellent, offering unique and well-supported perspectives on the readings using the terminology and theories covered in the short fiction unit.

· The perspectives offered are clear, focussed, and well supported.

· The analyses demonstrate advanced comprehension of course material and a sophisticated response to the text under consideration.

· The author skillfully integrates quotes and paraphrases source material throughout using MLA citation style.

· The writing has very few grammar, spelling, and mechanics errors.

13.5-15

(B range)

· The analyses offered on both stories are strong, offering unique and well-supported perspectives, though there may be some unnecessary plot summary.

· The perspectives offered are generally clear, focussed, and well supported.

· The analyses demonstrate a good comprehension of course material and respond well to the text under consideration.

· The author mostly integrates quotes and paraphrases source material throughout using MLA citation style.

· The writing may have minor grammar, spelling, and mechanics errors.

12-13

C range)

· The analyses offered on both stories are adequate, though there are issues ranging from struggles with reading comprehension to surface-level analysis (plot summary).

· The perspectives offered are not very clear, focussed, or well supported, but there’s evidence of analysis.

· The author may have integrated quotes, but there are likely issues with the citations.

· The writing likely has major grammar, spelling, and mechanics errors.

10-11.5

(P)

The difference between a P and F grade is that the instructor deems the writing and argumentation of a P grade assignment to reflect the minimum standards of a first year university level English course.

Below 10

(F)

· The analyses lacks focus and strays from assignment guidelines.

· The analyses don’t have a focused argument and switch topics in a jarring manner.

· Sentences are difficult to read and understand.

· The writing has major grammar, spelling, and mechanics errors.

· MLA citation style is not followed and/or the assignment may be plagiarized.

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