This course develops reading, writing, and critical thinking skills beyond the level achieved in English 101 and requires the writing of a minimum of 10,000 words in essays and a research paper throughout the semester. It emphasizes logical reasoning, analysis, and strategies of argumentation using literature and literary criticism. Evaluations of texts reveal the multicultural/global aspects of our society, which include traditional and contemporary forms in fiction, poetry, essays, and drama.
This semester we have learned how and why literary devices are used. We have worked on ‘showing vs. telling,’ and the power of creating an image with words. This final assignment will provide the opportunity for you to write and apply literary devices to your own creative narrative. Reflect on the schooling narratives and poetics from this semester, which include Sherman Alexie, Langston Hughes, Gary Soto, Toni Morrison and others. Also, reflect on the various genres we read: autobiographical, fictional narratives, poems, vignettes, and testimonial.
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Type: Creative Writing and Acadenic Essay
Citation Format: MLA
Part I (Creative Response):
Length: 350 words or less
Literary Devices: 5 total uses of at least 3 different types
Part II (Research):
Length: 4-5 pages
Required Sources: At least 4 sources with 2 of those being academic sources
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