Formatting: Double-spaced, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman 12 pt. font Bibliographic Documentation: At least 1 primary source, 3 secondary sources are required. We will discuss the difference in class. Parenthetic in-text, MLA citations with a works cited page are also necessary.
Option #1: Analytical Essay
Length: 6-8 pages
For the Analytical Essay, you will first choose an unfamiliar genre that you will research and study. Each essay must contain a brief and concise summary (no more than 2 pages) of what the genre is, what it does, how it came to be known, etc. Next, you will choose an issue, focus, or creative technique through which you will analyze at least one primary source, and you will make an argument regarding that focus. Your essay can, but is not limited to, addressing these issues: How does the genre of the work affect or influence the meaning of the work? How are issues we've discussed in class (race, literacy, gender) represented in the work? How is the author/creator using a specific craft technique throughout the work, and what does that do for the work's meaning? Example:
Genre- Beat Poetry
Focus- Political Propaganda
Primary Source- America by Allen Ginsberg
What to Consider- How is political propaganda treated/represented by Ginsberg in America? How many different ways does Ginsberg address politics, and what does his use of multiple examples mean?
Option #2: Creative Text & Accompanying Reflection
Length: Creative Text- at least 2 pages; Reflection- 4-6 pages The Task:
Like the first option, you will first choose an unfamiliar genre that you will research and study. Each reflection must contain a brief and concise summary (no more than 2 pages) of what the genre is, what it does, how it came to be known, etc. Next, you will choose an issue, focus, or creative technique to analyze in a primary source and replicate in your own work. Your reflection, then, will be an...