EN 304 Literature and Diversity Assignment Essay
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EN 304: Literature & Diversity Anderson Spring 2020
Essay Assignment #2
Choose one of the options below and write a four-page essay (double-spaced, 1- to 1½-inch margins, twelve-point font) that addresses the topic. The essay is due in class on Wednesday, April 15th.
Take one of the forums or threads on our discussion board that you found particularly interesting and expand your response into a full-length paper by adding reasons and evidence for your position. Be sure that you indentify the discussion board topic or question in the heading of your paper.
The word and the idea of progress come up frequently in Colson Whitehead’s novel The Nickel Boys. For instance, the ranks Nickel students must achieve in order to “graduate” from the school would be viewed by some, and are presented to the boys, as a kind of progress (49). Likewise, the reforms enacted at Nickel after revelations of brutality and embezzlement (170, 191-2) would count as progress in some people’s eyes. Write an essay assessing the novel’s view of the United States’ progress toward racial equality and justice. Be sure that you identify Option 2 in the heading of your paper.
There is an ongoing debate between Elwood and Turner about the best way to respond to racial injustice that also draws in the ideas of Martin Luther King relating to non-violent resistance, unconditional love, and faith in the humanity of one’s fellow (white) citizens. Write an essay assessing the novel’s position in that debate. Does it endorse Elwood’s view, Turner’s strategy, or some third position, and why does it matter? Some chapters you might find especially useful in developing your discussion are 1, 2, 7, 8, 12 and 14. Be sure that you identify Option 3 in the heading of your paper.
Story telling is not just something Colson Whitehead’s novel does, but something it comments on and asks readers to think critically about. Write an essay that explains the novel’s view of stories and storytelling, reflecting on the different purposes they can serve and, especially, why it matters who authors or tells a story. Some pages you might consult in developing your discussion are the following: 2-7, 146, 149, 153, 165, 168, 204, 206, and 209. Be sure that you identify Option 4 in the heading of your paper.
Literary analysis essays are arguments for the validity of the writer’s interpretation, so make sure your essay has a clear and debatable thesis, is well reasoned and well organized, and contains sufficient evidence from the novel to develop and support your main point. Avoid the common mistake of simply retelling the story—what is called plot summary.
No Works Cited page is required, but be sure that you follow MLA guidelines for in-text citations. For example, you should introduce quotations by identifying the speaker and the narrative context: Late in the novel, disturbed by his own growing tendency to follow Nickel rules, Elwood feels compelled to stand up for what is right, telling Turner, ‘You can’t go around it [the system of racist injustice]—you have to go through it. Walk with your head up no matter what they throw at you’ (Whitehead 174). You should use quotation marks around language that comes directly from the novel and provide a page number in parentheses either directly after the quoted material or at the end of the sentence.
Quality of Response No Response Poor/Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Good Excellent Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. The can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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