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Write a 750-word essay that responds to one of the prompts below. Your essay must be thesis-driven, quote and explain the text, and incorporate (and build upon) a literary critic’s insights into a story. The essay must be constructed of paragraphs (at least six), and it must be formatted and documented in MLA style. You may build upon your Discussion Board responses, using material that you already wrote, as rough draft material for this essay.
William Faulkner said that, through Sarty Snopes in “Barn Burning,” he explored “The terrible handicap of being young, just heavy enough to keep him from soaring free of the world.” All the authors in this module explore something similar about the young: not only the terrible handicap of being a child, but also of being a child limited by social class standing and victims of absent or ineffective parents in certain times of conflict.
Choose one story and define the hardship that a main character faces because of youth and some version of powerlessness. How do cultural forces (parents or community) perpetuate a child’s impossible circumstances using a spoken or assumed code of behavior that might, in some cases, fail to serve a useful purpose. In other words, reflect the state of childhood in America during the middle of the 20th century, using one story of your own choosing as an extended example. Please consult background materials in Module 3 and outside sources, such as Short Stories for Students for context.
Am. Lit. Essays
Am. Lit. Essays
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesis
The thesis makes a clear, original point about a work of literature. It is original, nuanced, and insightful. Additionally, care was taken in presenting and contextualizing the thesis statement.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent
The essay discusses the literature and background sources to demonstrate and support the thesis. Material is gathered and used from the beginning, middle, and end of the story and/or poem. The context is fully developed.
18-20: Weak but close to satisfactory
0-17: Does not meet expectations
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContext
The student provides historical or social context, demonstrating an awareness of the story’s reflection of American culture.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization
Essay includes an introduction, body of supporting paragraphs (no fewer than three), and a conclusion. There is a connection between paragraphs, signaled by transitions. The conclusion makes a lasting impression and goes beyond echoing the thesis.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExpression
Sentences are complete ideas. Punctuation facilitates meaning and is correct. Words are well-chosen and spelled correctly.
14-15 Excellent, 12-13 Good, 11 Satisfactory, 10 Weak, 0-9 Difficult to read
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDocumentation
Student follows MLA-style for in-text and end-of-text citations.
Total Points: 100