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Due: Tuesday, 3/5
Length: 2-3 pages
Format: MLA for in-text citations
No Works Cited page is necessary unless you cite an outside source. Prompt:
1) Choose two texts from the list below.
2) Identify the argument— implicit or explicit—that each text makes about the power or importance of storytelling. To narrow your focus, you might consider one or more of the following: a. The relationship between storytelling and ethics or morality b. The relationship between storytelling and history

c. The relationship between storytelling and identity
d. The relationship between storytelling and gender
e. The relationship between storytelling and community 3) Finally, compare and contrast your chosen texts’ respective argument via close reading to explain how you arrived at your own argumentative thesis. See the Some Notes on Constructing an Argument handout under Supplemental Readings and Materials. Again, to be successful here, you will need to construct an argumentative thesis, cite specific examples from the text, and analyze those examples, explaining how they support your claim. Kate Chopin “The Story of an Hour”

Robert Frost “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” or “The Road not Taken” The Hebrew Bible
Majorie Pickthall’s “Adam and Eve”
Emily Grosholz’s “Eden”
Susan Donnelly’s “Eve Names the Animals”
Ursula Le Guin’s “She Unnames Them”
Bruce Springsteen’s “Gave it a Name”
Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited”
Leonard Cohen’s “Story of Isaac”
Wilfred Owen’s “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young” The New Testament Aesop from Fables
The Thousand and One Nights
Sherman Alexie’s “Flight Patterns”
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