Students will write and submit a typed, titled, double-spaced essay analyzing any of the narratives or memoirs read in class.
Potential prompts (These are only suggestions & examples. You may come up with your own topics):
- Discuss the different “Englishes” in Amy Tan’s essay “Mother Tongue.” Also, examine how the “broken English” used by Tan’s mother influences her life and writing.
- Discuss David Sedaris’s use of exaggeration in his writing for comedic effect. Should he be allowed to label his work “nonfiction” with such exaggeration present?
- Looking at Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, discuss how we see life influencing the writer’s work, and how the writer’s work in turn influences his/her life.
What to know
- This essay must be typed (12-point Times New Roman font), double-spaced, with a correctly formatted MLA Works Cited Page.
- The text of the essay (not including the Works Cited Page) should fall between 800 and 1000 words.
- The essay should be grammatically correct, free of errors in mechanics, grammar, usage, spelling, and documentation.
- This essay must use a minimum of three (2) authoritative sources, including one primary source (the texts discussed) and at least one reputable critical or scholarly secondary sources (books or articles).
- Essays must contain at least three quotations, and must be properly documented (utilizing MLA-Style Citations for documentation).