Literature Question

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  1. ————————–Week 1 AssignmentWrite a 500- to 700-word paper that details your reaction to one of the fiction stories we are reading in Week 1.–Do not write about a story not in this week’s readings.–Do not ask me if you can write about a story not in the readings.For your essay, follow the directions below closely:————–Title Should Reflect the Focus of the Paper
    Introduction: Name the story and its author and briefly say what the story is about–about two sentences. Then end the introduction with your thesis, in which you name a theme (just one) in the story, the intended audience, and briefly, your reaction to the story. Just name them. Do not expand here. You expand in the body of the paper.Do not put Introduction as a heading. APA does not allow it—See the APA Sample Paper, in the Center for Writing Excellence. Use two sentences for the introduction, three at the most. Learn to make your writing concise, meaning not unnecessarily wordy.
    Body of the Paper: Do not put Body for your heading. Use the three headings below, and yes, use level 1 headings only. A Level 2 heading, typically with long papers, is a level deeper expansion of the point of a level 1 heading, and this paper does not need a level 2 heading. See the headings of the APA Sample Paper. ————————————-ThemeUse Theme as the heading. Then in a paragraph, explain the theme/issue (just one) that you name in the thesis and say what you think the author is saying about that theme or issue—this is you making an inference. An inference is an idea not stated out right, but which you can logically figure from what you read. Making inferences or figuring what an author is saying is what we do in literature. We can also call it interpreting.Be specific. For example, you can say that a theme in Perkins’ “The Yellow Wallpaper” is gender voices in a marriage, and that Perkins seems to be saying that married women should be alert early on not to lose their voices, as no voice can lead to some psychological issues.In your discussion, explain what fiction strategies (conflict, narrator, character, setting, imagery, symbolism, figurative language) the author used to convey that theme. You do not have to use all the elements of fiction. Also, you do not have to choose “The Yellow Wallpaper.” I am using it as an example.
    ——————————–Intended AudienceUse Intended Audience for the heading. In your topic sentence, say for whom you think the author was writing this story. In other words, what group of people would learn something from the story, and what those people are meant to learn. Do not make broad, editorial comments; they typically say nothing. Instead, be specific and prove with details from the story.———————————–My ReactionUse My Reaction as the heading. Start the third body paragraph by clearly naming one reaction of yours. In the rest of the paragraph, explain your reaction–for example, do you agree with the author? Give specifics from the story for support.————————————ConclusionKeep to the focal points of the paper. Do not go away and make broad, vague statements. Also, keep it brief, and do not be repetitive. Wrap up with a brief comment. For example, you can say that you will look for other themes and also be mindful of other reactions you might have to the story.0000000Notes:

    1. When you write the title of a short story or poem or essay in APA, capitalize all the words except for the articles (a, an, the) and prepositions (in, over, outside, under, and so on). Do not italicize. Example: “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “A Rose for Emily.”
    2. In case you have not noticed, the bulk of the word count should go to the body of the paper, where the meaty discussion happens. The introduction and conclusion should be relatively brief.
    3. Include a title page. Follow the title page of the APA Sample Paper or the APA paper template for this course.
    4. Include a Reference page for the source of the story. Follow the References page of the APA Sample Paper.
    5. If you cite from the story, follow how direct quotes are written, in the APA Sample Paper.
    6. Do not cite big chunks; that will eat up your word count and not necessarily earn you big points. Cite only what helps your point at hand.
    7. Pay attention to the Grading rubric, attached below.

Format your paper according to the APA Sample Paper or the APA Paper Template: 100-299.

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