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EnglishOrder DescriptionAssignment Background: We have studied a number of themes so far this semester, many tied to family and religion. It is essential that you are able to identify and analyze themes in literature because it is the first step in being able to critically analyze the purpose of the various documents you come into contact with every day, especially in academia. Beyond that, this skill will help you to identify motives in advertisements, as well as those consuming the people around you. In the end, once you master theme identification and examination, your analytical super-powers will help you fight crime and injustice around the globe.Writing Prompt: For this essay, you will choose two of the assigned selections (one from SECTION 1 and one from SECTION 2 of your syllabus) and identify one common theme that can be found in BOTH of your selections. Because we have not yet finished reading the novel, you may not choose that as part of this assignment. Your essay must analyze how the common theme is demonstrated in each story. This should be a cohesive essay that Compares and Contrasts the representation of the theme in the two readings.*Your essay must include quotes from the readings to demonstrate your assertions.Length Requirement: Essays must be at least 500 words, but may not exceed 1000.Citation and Formatting Requirements: The purpose of this assignment is to make a connection between the two pieces of literature, so you must include passages from the reading with proper MLA in-text citations. No Works Cited page is required. If you fail to make connections with the text and leave out quotes and/or citations, your essay will be incomplete. All essays must follow MLA formatting rules. If you need an MLA format instruction sheet, please let me know. Remember, in academic writing, you should not include first or second person pronouns (I, me, my, mine, we, us, our, ours, you, your, yours) or contractions. And, your essay should include a clear and focused thesis statement that names the theme and the titles of the stories included in your discussion.Due Date and Submission Requirements: Essays will be due as instructed on the Syllabus, and should be submitted (in Word doc/docx or RTF format) through the assignment link on Canvas by the due date, or as a hard-paper copy at the beginning of the week’s class meeting.Please see below for Syllabus (section 1/2)Weeks Assignments—To be completed BEFORE classSection 1: Human RelationshipsWeek 1Th 1/21 Intro to the Midwest—People, Income, LivelihoodIn Class: VideoIntroduction to 1950’s ChicagoWeek 2Th 1/28 Video, “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine HansberryWeek 3Th 2/4 Topic: African American Traditions in Middle AmericaDiscussion of “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine HansberryTopic: African American Traditions (and Obstacles) in Middle AmericaRead: “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, p. 47-49Read, “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, p. 38-41Read: “Accountability” by Paul Laurence DunbarIn Class: Video, “I Am Human” by Maya AngelouWeek 4Th 2/11 Topic: Race and ReligionRead: “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, p. 10-13Read: “The Mormon Experience” Supplemental Documents from CanvasDiscuss Movie Analysis Assignment and Assign Due DatesIntroduction to Candice Millard’s Destiny of the RepublicWeek 5Th 2/18Topic: Gender Expectations in the HeartlandRead: “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olson, p. 2-9Due: Topic Reflection Paragraph–Submit through Discussion Board on Canvas before classDue: 2 Movie Analysis Presentations and Written Movie ReviewsSection 2: The Land Ethic and Small Town AmericaWeek 6Th 2/25 Topic: The Land Ethic and FarmingRead: “Dust Bowl History and Stories”, p. 18-27In Class: Video, The Dust Bowl EraNovel Discussion: Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic.Read: Destiny of the Republic, Part 1Due: 2 Movie Analysis Presentations and Written Movie ReviewsWeek 7Th 3/3 Topic: Land EthicRead: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, p.14-17Topic: FarmingRead: “So God Made a Farmer” by Paul Harvey, p. 89Due: Millard Reading Analysis 1—Submit Online Before ClassDue: 3 Movie Analysis Presentations and Written Movie ReviewsWeek 8Th 3/10 Topic: Small Town AmericaRead: “A Clean Well-Lighted Place,” by Ernest Hemingway, p. 109-116Read: “Paper Pills” by Sherwood Anderson (from Winesburg, Ohio), p. 105-108Novel Discussion: Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic.Read: Destiny of the Republic, Part 2Due: Topic Reflection Paragraph–Submit through Discussion Board on Canvas before classDue: Response Essay 1–Submit online before Sunday (10/18) 11:55 p.m.Due: 2 Movie Analysis Presentations and Written Movie ReviewsSpring Break March 14-20: Be Safe. Be Smart. Enjoy the Break.The Professor will be off-line and the college will be closed.

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