There is gonna be a short essay I’m going to attach to this assignment. You will
There is gonna be a short essay I’m going to attach to this assignment. You will be working straight from the short story only. Only gathering things from the story and no other source at all. For this week’s Discussion Board, I am asking students compose a Critical Response to literature. This assignment, then, should be focused on ONE of the short stories on which you have been working in this class. Please focus this assignment on ONE story only.
Critical response writing does not simply summarize the text, rather, CRITICAL response works to CRITICALLY ANALYZE a piece of literature using CRITICAL THINKING in order to do so (remember all those videos from this week and last??). Critical Response does NOT evaluate whether or not a story is “good,” as that information is irrelevant a subjective.
What a CRITICAL RESPONSE does do is make an argument for a valid theme of the short story about which is begin written. Sound familiar? It should. Students can feel free to start with work they have already done in this class in order to build this graded piece!
Your Critical Response need be NO LESS THAN a 2 PAGE (they may be longer, but absolutely NO shorter than two FULL pages, to the VERY bottom of the last PAGE!) persuasive and analytical writing that argues for the validity of a theme for a short story read for class. Critical Responses should present students’ critical thinking about a text in order to prove a central theme of that text the most valid one in their estimation.
There are SIX REQUIRED parts to a critical response:
1) An argumentative thesis, which makes an argument for a single theme of the text.
2). No less than THREE REASONS for why the theme of the text is the most valid theme – these come from CRITICALLY READING the text and deciding how and why you, as a reader, find your theme to be most valid.
3) Evidence in the form of direct quotations from the text, which serve as evidence and support for the reasons for the theme of the text being discussed as the most valid. Quoted text offers the WHY for a theme being valid by directly “pointing” to evidence in the story, for example, if I tell you it’s raining, and you don’t believe me, you would go outside and check. If a student argues that Bob, in story 1, is angry, then the student must USE TEXT to SHOW when and where Bob is angry. The why for Bob being angry? That comes with…
4). Interpretation of that evidence in relation to the argument, meaning you, as the writer of the Critical Response, must EXPLAIN how the quoted text is supporting the reasoning as provided. 5). A strong concluding statement that stays on the topic and does not stray into opening new concepts.
6). The use of MLA format and styling, including proper punctuation.
Following the “How To Handout” for composing a Critical Response, as found in this week’s REQUIRED READING, as well as the “Quick MLA Guide” will fully support composing this assignment, which will be posted to Discussion Board this week. This assignment is due no later than 9 am Monday 9/27/21, and in order to earn a passing grade MUST illustrate thought, time, and effort, as well as be no less than TWO FULL pages.