Assignment 1

Write a reflective essay in which you explore a personal experience or an event and reflect on its deeper meaning. The essay should be 1 typed page in length. Please save your essay as a Word (.doc) document and submit as an attachment.

I understand if I use outside sources, I must properly give my source(s) credit using the APA format and my paper should not include more than 20% of direct quotes from other sources. I understand if I do not provide proper credit to outside sources, I will be documented for plagiarism and be required to resubmit a new assignment.


Assignment 2

Write an essay in which you analyze and evaluate the development of a fiction story from the Part 1 readings. Poetry or nonfiction will not work for this assignment.  The essay should contain an introduction, body, and conclusion, be 1-2 pages in length, typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font, size 12. Please save as a Word document and submit as an attachment to be graded.• Explain which story you chose and briefly summarize the plot.• Identify key choices the author made in writing the story. For example, consider where the story is set, how the action is ordered, or how the characters are introduced and developed.• Analyze the impact of the author’s choices, discussing how these decisions affect both the story’s meaning and the reader’s experience.• Organize your ideas so that each new idea builds on the one it follows to create a unified whole.

Analysis is the practice of looking closely at small parts to see how they affect the whole. Literary analysis focuses on how plot, character, setting, and many other techniques are used by the author to create meaning. Always be sure to discuss the significance of your observations to the theme(s).

Read the story several times.  Take notes on its themes, characters, setting, plot, and so on.   Be sure the notes include looking beyond the surface to the deeper meaning the author is trying to relay.  Include how the author’s message and the story’s themes then impact setting, characters, plot, and so on.  Analysis also looks at why the meaning is important.

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Grading Rubric CATEGORY 1-0 Topic (content) Focuses on a specific event/experience, reflecting on its deeper meaning, uses specific detail and dialogue. Focuses mainly on a specific event/experience, reflecting on its deeper meaning, uses detail and dialogue. Somewhat focuses on a specific event/experience, somewhat reflecting on its deeper meaning, uses some detail or dialogue. Struggles to focus on a specific event/experience, does reflect on its deeper meaning, uses little detail or dialogue. Sequencing (Organization) The paper follows a clear and logical train of thought and effectively uses transitions. The paper follows a train of thought and uses transitions. The paper follows a train of thought with some transitions. The paper does not follow train of thought and fails to use transitions. Voice/Style Fully engages the reader, uses colorful language, strong tone, voice, point of view. Engages the reader, uses colorful language, good tone, voice, point of view. Somewhat engages the reader, sometimes uses colorful language, inconsistent tone, voice, point of view. Rarely engages the reader, rarely uses colorful language, weak tone, voice, point of view. Conclusion (Organization) The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader with a feeling that they understand the writer’s focus. Conclusion very effective and wraps up the narrative. The conclusion is recognizable and ties up almost all the loose ends. Conclusion is somewhat effective to wrap up the narrative. The conclusion is recognizable, but does not tie up several loose ends. There is no clear conclusion, the paper just ends. Grammar & Spelling (Conventions) Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content. Grammarly report and academic integrity statement are submitted. Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Grammarly report and academic integrity statement are submitted. Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Grammarly report OR academic integrity statement are submitted Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distracts the reader from the content. Neither Grammarly report nor academic integrity statement are submitted.
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Grading Rubric Category 5 4-3 3-2 1-0 Organization Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs, strong topic sentences, and clear transitions.   Information is organized with well-constructed paragraphs. Information is organized, but paragraphs are not well-constructed.  The information appears to be disorganized.  Content The student has chosen a fictional story from the readings for this class and written an essay of sufficient length (at least 3 paragraphs). The student has chosen a fictional story from the readings for this class, but the essay is a little too short to fully develop an analysis. The student has chosen a fictional story from the readings for this class, but the essay is much too short. The analysis feels incomplete. The student has not chosen a fictional story from the readings for this class or has failed to respond to the prompt.   Analysis The student clearly identifies at least two choices the author made and analyzes the effect that those choices have on the development of the story. The student clearly identifies at least two choices the author made but may not fully analyze the effect those choices have on the development of the story. The student identifies one or two choices the author made and doesn’t analyze the effect those choices have on the development of the at all.  The student fails to identify any choices the author made. Either the essay is a book report or the student fails to respond to the prompt. Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation The essay contains 0-2 errors. The student has a strong command of the English language.  Grammarly report and academic integrity statement are submitted. The essay contains 3-4 errors. The student understands language usage but may need to be reminded to proofread before submission. Grammarly report and academic integrity statement are submitted. The essay contains 5-6 errors. The student may need to brush up on key grammatical concepts. Grammarly report or academic integrity statement are submitted. The essay contains more than 6 errors. The student may need additional tutoring in grammar and usage. Neither Grammarly report or academic integrity statement are submitted.
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from The Navajo Origin Legend On the morning of the twelfth day the people washed themselves well. The women dried themselves with yellow cornmeal; the men with white cornmeal. Soon after the ablutions were completed they heard the distant call of the approaching gods.1 It was shouted, as before, four times—nearer and louder at each repetition—and, after the fourth call, the gods appeared. Blue Body and Black Body each carried a sacred buckskin. White Body carried two ears of corn, one yellow, one white, each covered at the end completely with grains. The gods laid one buckskin on the ground with the head to the west: on this they placed the two ears of corn, with their tips to the east, and over the corn they spread the other buckskin with its head to the east; under the white ear they put the feather of a white eagle, under the yellow ear the feather of a yellow eagle. Then they told the people to stand at a distance and allow the wind to enter. The white wind blew from the east, and the yellow wind blew from the west, between the skins. While the wind was blowing, eight of the Mirage People2 came and walked around the objects on the ground four times, and as they walked the eagle feathers, whose tips protruded from between the buckskins, were seen to move. When the Mirage People had finished their walk the upper buckskin was lifted; the ears of corn had disappeared, a man and a woman lay there in their stead. The white ear of corn had been changed into a man, the yellow ear into a woman. It was the wind that gave them life. It is the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow we die. In the skin at the tips of our fingers we see the trail of the wind; it shows us where the wind blew when our ancestors were created. The pair thus created were First Man and First Woman (Atsé Hastin and Atsé Estsán). The gods directed the people to build an enclosure of brushwood for the pair. When the enclosure was finished, First Man and First Woman entered it, and the gods said to the “Live together now as husband and wife.”