“The Happy Prince” (Oscar Wilde), “Skin” (Roald Dahl), “Quitters” (Stephen King)

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“The Happy Prince” (Oscar Wilde), “Skin” (Roald Dahl), “Quitters” (Stephen King), “A Drama of Our Time” (Fernando Sorrentino) • Required: The only sources allowed in writing RR #1 are posted in Canvas. Using outside sources is an automatic zero on the assignment. • Required: quotations from the story AND in-text citations that support your ideas. Do not summarize or paraphrase. Citations should provide the correct page number of the story posted in Canvas. Without correct acknowledgment, the grade is zero. • ASSIGNMENT: Choose one of the following topics and discuss: T Topic 1: Choose two characters from one story above and discuss the nature of their relationship with each other, as you see it. Give at least one specific example from the story to prove your points. (You might consider how they relate to each other, who has “power” over the other, how they treat each other, and if the relationship is positive or negative for each of them.) Topic 2: Choose one story and find a point in which a decision is made. Why does the character make this decision, and what are the consequences of the decision? (If there are no consequences in the story, what do you predict the consequences will be?) • Please type the narrowed topic and word count (not counting quotes and in-text citations) at the top of your response. • Type an MLA heading on your paper. 1. I recommend that you type your response in Microsoft Word so that you can edit / revise your response before copying it to the Assignments tool in Canvas. Do NOT upload your response as an attachment. Follow the steps below, and when you are finished writing your response: • Click “Submit Assignment,” a bright gold link in the upper right corner of the screen that gives you an open message box. Copy what you have written offline directly into this box (or type directly to it). Be sure to include both an analysis and a confrontation. Please do not run them together in the same paragraph – separate the analysis from the confrontation. Each part should be at least one paragraph. • The required minimum word count is 300 – 350 words, not counting quotations and in-text citations. Responses that do not meet this minimum word length will receive an automatic zero on the assignment. 2 • To find the exact word count, omit all quotations and in-text citations and go to “Tools” on your computer and click on “Word Count.” • Type the total word count at the top of your paper (by the heading or next to the title) – do not include quotations and in-text citations in this count. Five points will be deducted from papers that do not provide the correct word count – or papers that provide no word count at all. • The only sources allowed in writing the response are posted in Canvas. Using sources outside Canvas is an automatic zero on the assignment. 2. NOTE: Once your reader response is posted, it cannot be rewritten at a later time. Post your response one time. Students who return to the Assignments tool and rewrite / resubmit the response after the paper has been graded will receive an automatic zero on the paper. Do not ask to rewrite the paper – please get it right the first time. 3. Help Writing the Reader Response: • “Tips for Writing Reader Responses and Essays (includes sample reader responses)” 4. The Reader Response • Begins with a thesis statement. This one sentence clearly answers the assignment topic and lets readers know right up front exactly what will be discussed in the analysis. o The thesis statement should never be in the form of a question. o The thesis sentence should never be a quotation. It’s fine to use a quotation to back up your idea – but never to take the place of your own idea. o Never use a flat announcement, such as § The purpose of this response is to . . . § In this response, . . . § I will show how . . . § This paper will prove . . . § Or any other flat statement. • Provide at least two paragraphs: o Analysis in which you answer the topic (50%) o Confrontation, a personalized statement of meaning – all about you. You also should provide an example from your own life’s experiences (or someone you know well) that shows readers what you mean. (50%) o Please identify each part so we can follow your discussion, or you might type a line to separate the two parts. • REQUIRED: Without quotations AND in-text citations, the assignment is an opinion – not an argument – and a zero will be recorded for the grade. • Include no more than 20% direct quotes and in-text citations. Using more than 20% shows too great a reliance on the author’s words, rather than your own ideas and will result in a zero on the assignment. • Quotation marks should be typed around the title of a short story. Example: “Skin” • A Work Cited is not required; the only files allowed are posted in Canvas. Using sources outside 3 Canvas is a zero on the assignment. • Choose your quotations judiciously. Avoid “dropping” them into your paper without going on to explain their significance. QUOTATIONS SHOULD NEVER BE SUBSTITUTES FOR YOUR OWN IDEAS. They, instead, provide evidence to support your ideas, but they do not take the place of your own ideas. Remember: the importance of quotations is not self-evident. You must show/explain why you are introducing them and what conclusion a reader should draw from them. • Avoid overloading your paper with quotations. Choose your quotes judiciously. Generally speaking, the recommended number of quotations for supporting evidence is about two for each body paragraph. Don’t think that the more quotations you offer, the better off you’ll be. • The Purpose of Quoting: o To back up and support your own opinion. o To show that the author supports your point. o To include especially moving or historically significant language. o To present a particularly well-stated passage whose meaning would be lost or changed if summarized. • Ask Yourself: How Important Is the Quotation? o Is the quote significant – do I need it? o Does the quote support (or weaken) my ideas in the paragraph? o Is the source credible? o Is there a better quite that I could use? 5. Review: Confrontation • The last part of the reader response is a conclusion – a confrontation, a discussion of meaning, at least a paragraph. This is the part of the assignment where you talk about yourself – it’s a personalized statement of meaning. Let us know how you relate to anything in the literature and go on to provide an example from your own life’s experiences (or someone you know well) to “show” us what you mean. In this paragraph, you’re free to say whether you like the play or not and to explain why. • The confrontation does not mean that you are “meeting” the author head on to argue, although you may. The conclusion, instead, is subjective; it’s discussing how you relate to anything in the literature; it’s your way of airing what you like, dislike, or what it means to your everyday life. In this second part, you also should provide an example from your own life’s experiences that show readers what you mean. • Again, don’t forget: the textual evidence in the confrontation should include an example from your own life’s experiences (or someone you know well) that “shows” readers what you mean. This section is about you and how you relate to anything or anyone in the text. • Ideas for writing the confrontation: o What does this remind me of in my life? What is this similar to in my life? How is this different from my life? Has something like this ever happened to me? How does this relate to my life? What were my feelings when I read this? o What does this remind me of in another story I’ve read? How is this text similar to other things I’ve read? How is this different from other stories I’ve read? Have I read about something like this before? 4 o What does this remind me of in the real world? How is this text similar to things that happen in the real world? How is this different from things that happen in the real world? How did that part relate to the world around me? 6. Writing the Peer Reviews • After you post your reader response each week (Sunday night, 11:55 pm), Canvas will randomly assign you two reader responses to comment on, ask questions, or offer suggestions. From this process, you may discover some ideas that may help you when you write your next paper. Peer reviews are due no later than Friday (11:55 pm). Please wait until Monday or later in the week when most students have posted their reader responses to write your peer reviews. • Please offer more than “I agree with you . . . ” or “I disagree with you…” Individualize your response. This is the opportunity for you to demonstrate your own critical thinking skills. Allow your own style to distinguish yourself. A good paragraph should do it (minimum of 200 – 250 words each). This isn’t long or formal. The purpose, again, is to ask questions and offer suggestions – to help and get help. While you’ll be discussing points about another student’s response, you’ll also be taking a closer look at your own writing. 7. Late Paper Policy: Reader Responses 1 – 3 days late will lose 10 points. Assignments 4 – 7 days late will be penalized 20 points. No work will be accepted after

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