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Rasnovski-Oct2020: Writing Prompt

"The Plot Against America" Assignment Writing Prompts

Assignment Prompt:

“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

"The Bridegroom” by Ha Jin

“This Is Not Who We Are: Arab Americans in a Post 9/11 World” by Naomi Shihab Nye

"For this essay you will need to use one short story and the essay above, as well as 1-2 outside sources of your choice to address the following prompt:

We have discussed the idea of “othering” in this class. Synthesize one essay and one short story in order to compare how both texts approach “othering.” Like in your last essay, you want to address: Who is “othered” in these texts? How are they “othered?” Also, how is the setting contributing to the way these characters are “othered?” Do these texts reference issues such as social class, sexual orientation, immigration, race, or social norms? You must also find 1-2 outside texts that also address the issues in your chosen texts.

The outside source(s) you use should meet the standards for academic writing. Keep in mind some basic questions as you search: what is the basic publication info (author, date, venue, etc.)? Does the author verify, or give readers the means to verify, the info provided? What was the publication process (Did it need to be approved by an editor? Was it peer-reviewed? Was it fact-checked?) We will be going over this in more detail in class.

Also keep in mind that the goal of the outside source(s) is to support the overall argument you are making about the texts. Focus first on determining what you plan to say about your chosen essay and story and build at least a tentative sense of your overall argument before you begin exploring outside sources. Your outside source(s) does not need to be utilized in every body paragraph of your essay—it/they may work to support just one of your specific claims, for instance. The expectation is that the outside source contributes meaningfully to your overall argument as a whole, whether that be through a single paragraph or multiple." 

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