This essay requires you to develop an argument based on close analysis of a passage or selection of no more than three passages from one of the short-stories that weve read for this week.
Raymond Carver Cathedral pp. 261-67
James Joyce Araby pp. 220-23
Katherine Mansfield Miss Brill pp. 135-37
Guy de Maupassant The Necklace
ZZ Packer Buffalo Soldiers 105-107
What this means is that you have to read a representative part of the text closely explicate the language (i.e. what is it saying and why it is important) and ultimately place it in the context of the story as a whole. Youll need to identity what the author is doing in this particular passage and why. The effectiveness of your argument will depend on the way in which you analyze interpret and discuss textual evidence to substantiate your claims. To ensure youre not merely summarizing the story consider the difference between the sets of questions below.
Refer to the document Questions for Close Reading a Literary Passage inUnit 2 Course Materialsfolder for more specific guidelines additional resources and examples of close reading. The same folder also includes a close reading of selected passages from The Empty Family a short-story by Colm Tibn.
You must includea minimum of five (5) short but significant carefully selected details(key words or phrasesnot long lines) from the primary source. Format the first page and in-text citations according to the MLA style. MLA formatting makes attribution easier. The References section should follow APA which is the desired format for your discipline. You are not required to do outside research for this assignment but if you choose to go for it and remember to cite all secondary sources appropriately. Use the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) for assistance with proper documentation. Also see resources in our Course Materials folder and useSmarthinking.
Your essay must be2+ pages (700+ words)and follow APA format. Submit your essay in Turnitin by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday November 27. See syllabus for our course ID and password.
REQUIRED: You need to submit your essay in two places: V-Camp Dropbox andTurnitin. In Turnitin paste a copy of thegrading rubricbelow at the end of your document (immediately following the References page/entries). Failure to do so will result in loss of points.
For ease of pasting the grading rubric a Word document of the Close Analysis Essay Criteria is located in theUnit 2 Course Materialsfolder. The grading rubric along with Turnitin tools will allow me to provide you with extensive detailed commentary on your writing.