-Analyze literature for a purpose
-Distinguish digital or print materials through annotation to demonstrate reading and summary skills
-Identify a literary element–such as plot, setting, character, diction, or theme–in a short story
-Identify one to three examples in the story that support the thesis
-Write a thesis that clearly states your interpretation of the “meaning” (significance) the story based upon evidence related to the literary element you have selected to examine in the story
-Write clear topic sentences for paragraphs that let the reader know what each paragraph of the body of the paper will discuss
-Write paragraphs that explain how the examples from the story support the thesis
-Arrange a paper by presenting paragraphs in a coherent, purposeful manner
-Write sentences in standard American English that clearly express ideas
-Demonstrate the MLA style of formatting in the layout of a paper
-Demonstrate the MLA style of formatting by documenting material from the story within the paper and on a Works Cited page
-Explain in a clear and logical fashion what you have learned about your writing
Overview of the Workshop Format for Paper 1
Writing this paper will follow a process that allows you to practice and develop your writing skills in the discussions. During weeks 1 through 4, you will work on your paper in the classroom, receive feedback from your instructor, and build your paper, part by part, into its final version. This process will allow you time over the four-week period to get to know and develop the writing process through a workshop format as you will be able to revise and edit the various sections as you go along, thereby demonstrating the writing skills needed for that particular each section of the paper.
To be successful in this process, you must be active and engaged in the discussions and post in a timely fashion so as to demonstrate the skills presented weekly required to compose your paper.
Week 1: Critical Reading Strategies and Selection of Topic. During Week 1, you will cover strategies to help you with critical reading, including techniques for reading and annotating digital materials. To prepare you for working with your topic for the paper, you will work on these strategies in Week 1 (and throughout the course). During Week 1, you will study the concept of literary elements and the genre of the short story. You will choose a short story from the list provided by your instructor and identify a literary element through which to analyze the story in order to ascertain its significance.
Week 2: Thesis. Your thesis statement should reveal your interpretation of the meaning of the story (its value or significance). You will workshop the thesis of your paper during Week 2 in the discussions. Outlining and organizational strategies will also be covered. (Note: Paper 1 assignment requires a complete alphanumeric outline be submitted with the paper in a single document.)
Week 3: Development. The development or body of the paper will focus on finding evidence in the story that illustrates and supports the thesis and explaining in your paper how the evidence does so. During Week 3, you will workshop strategies in the discussion for developing body paragraphs. Except for evidence within the story itself, you will be developing this material through your own observations; you are not to use outside sources to develop paragraphs of the body of the paper.
Week 4: Sentence Level and MLA. Your writing should be carefully proofread for sentence-level concerns. Your final paper should be formatted and documented according to MLA style, including parenthetical citations and a Works Cited page, which must list the short story as a source. During Week 4, you will study resources for accomplishing these tasks. In the discussion, you will workshop Standard English writing and MLA protocols. You will submit the final paper at the end of Week 4, which must include (within a single document) paragraphs of Reflection upon your writing process (see below).
Hints: Remember that your reader has read the story and is familiar with it; extensive summary is not useful. Rather, explain and analyze how “meaning” is derived from the story by the author’s implementation of a literary element. Note that the paper is to be about the story, not the author, so repeated references to the author are unnecessary and ill advised.
Special Hint about Plot: Be aware that a paper analyzing a piece of literature is NOT a plot summary. Summary, if you must have it, should provide only details necessary to identify parts of the story required to develop the paper, no longer than three to four sentences.
Reflection on your Writing Process: Following the Work Cited list of the paper, provide two or three paragraphs explaining what you are learning about the writing process. Also note two features that you would like feedback on, such as the thesis statement and topic sentences.
When you are satisfied that your paper and Reflection are complete, submit the paper to turnitin (if required by your instructor), and upload the paper along with its outline and Reflection paragraphs (in a single document) to the Assignments Folder within the link “Paper 1” by the deadline.