About Wikipedia, SparkNotes, and Databases

DO NOT cite Wikipedia in academic essays. Since it is not edited by reputable experts, it often has errors and isn't reliable. It's okay to use it as a starting point for your own research, but go on and find other sources to verify the information, and cite those in your essay.

Also avoid SparkNotes, ENotes and similar sites. Teachers hate them since they provide only the most superficial analyses. Avoid citing them in academic papers; instead, go find analyses from more reputable academic sources: university and scholarly websites, peer-reviewed journals in library databases, and books.

How to submit your work

Your essays will be submitted to me via e-mail. Write your assignments in your word processing program. PLEASE SAVE YOUR FILE AS EITHER A WORD FILE OR AN RTF FILE. Then attach that file to your e-mail message. When sending assignments, your e-mail message should include your name, the class number (English 102), and the name of the assignment which is attached.

Use correct MLA format for the appearance of your essay and your documentation.

Eliminate spelling, grammar, and other mechanical errors from your writing.

Send your e-mail to me at annw708@earthlink.net.

NOTE: always keep copies of all of your assignments. If there is a problem with e-mail, you will need that copy to re-send for credit.

Writing Assignment 1--The Short Story

Choose one of the following topics and write a complete, considered answer. Your thesis statement must be clear, precise and explicit. Support your thesis with specific details, examples, and direct quotes from the stories. An essay which does not include direct quotes from the story cannot receive a grade higher than a C. Required length: 2-5 pages (500-1250 words). Be sure to include a Works Cited list. Use correct MLA format and citation techniques in your essay and your Works Cited list. Maximum points possible: 100.

This assignment is due Thursday, Sept. 29.

1. Choose one of the following stories. What is it saying about the power of stories?

2. Choose one of the following stories. What is it saying about the difference between reality and the perceptions of the characters?

3. Choose one of the following stories. What is it saying about tradition?

4. Choose one of the following stories. What social or political point(s) is it making?

5. Some critics argue that graphic fiction cannot be considered "literary" literature; that its purpose is only entertainment. Others disagree. Reread the first part of Lecture 1, on the differences between literature with a little "l", and Literature with a capital "L". Then choose one of the graphic stories we read (Maus, Persepolis, or Two Questions) and explain why it should be considered literature with a little "l", or Literature with a capital "L".

For help writing this assignment, see the models in your book, go to Writing About Literature, or contact me.


Writing Assignment 2--Drama

Choose one of the following topics and write a complete, considered answer. Be sure to support your statements with evidence from the plays. Required length: 2-5 pages (500-1250 words). Use correct MLA format and citation techniques in your essay and your Works Cited list.

This assignment is due Thursday, Dec. 1. Maximum points possible: 100.

1. In Hamlet, how does Shakespeare address the theme of the difference between appearance and reality? Explain.

2. In Almost, Maine, what theme connects all the scenes? Explain.

3. Write another scene for Almost, Maine. It should introduce new characters, but be consistent with the style and theme of the play. Specify where in the play you would add the scene. Write your scene in standard play format, as you see in the plays we've read. No Works Cited list is needed for this paper.

4. Write a short play (3-6 pages) which is a sequel to "Asteroid Belt," using the same characters. You may add up to 3 new characters, if you wish, but you may not eliminate any of the characters from the original play. Write your scene in standard play format, as you see in the plays we've read. No Works Cited list is needed for this paper.

5. How are the themes of betrayal and trust addressed in Proof?

6. The subject of Proof--high-level mathematics--is one that most people find incomprehensible and boring. How does Auburn make the play interesting?

7. Compare "Tape" and "Post-its." How are they similar? How are they different?

8. In Trying to Find Chinatown, how does each character's sense of identity affect his behavior?

9. Choose your own topic; clear it with me first.

For help writing this assignment, see the models in your book, go to Writing About Literature, or contact me.


Writing Assignment 3--The Research Project

Click here for full instructions on this assignment: The Station Eleven Project

~The Station Eleven Project Proposal is due on Thursday, Oct. 20.
~The Station Eleven Research Paper is due on Thursday, Nov. 10
~The Station Eleven Project is due on Thursday, Dec. 8.

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Final Exam

Directions:

This assignment is due Monday, Dec. 12.
NO LATE FINALS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!!

Of the works we have read this semester, which have you liked the least? Why? Which have you liked the best? Why?

For help writing this assignment, see the models in your book, go to Writing About Literature, or contact me.


How to submit your work

Your essays will be submitted to me via e-mail. Write your assignments in your word processing program. PLEASE SAVE YOUR FILE AS EITHER A WORD FILE OR AN RTF FILE. Then attach that file to your e-mail message. When sending assignments, your e-mail message should include your name, the class number (English 102), and the name of the assignment which is attached.

Use correct MLA format for the appearance of your essay and your documentation.

Eliminate spelling, grammar, and other mechanical errors from your writing.

Send your e-mail to me at annw708@earthlink.net.

NOTE: always keep copies of all of your assignments. If there is a problem with e-mail, you will need that copy to re-send for credit.