- Identify one or two topics, issues or problems at the center of Danticat’s novel
- Using Google or one of the Library databases, locate one popular source (article, video or image) on the topic(s) you’ve identified.
- Review the strategies suggested in the (optional text) on pp. 102-111 in Academic Research and Writing (especially, pp. 108-111)
- Review pp. 198-214 in Understanding Rhetoric (optional text)
- Write an essay based on your chosen article(s)
Writing the essay:
- Craft an essay (six- paragraph minimum) that summarizes the purpose, central claim and key evidence as well as analyzes the authors’ biases and assumptions; the effectiveness of the evidence, organization and conclusions; and, the intended audience of the articles you’ve chosen. Make sure to conclude the essay with a paragraph or two that states the impact of reading the articles on your understanding of the novel.
- The essay should include a minimum of two paraphrases and two quotes from the articles you’ve chosen.
- Provide a Works Cited or References entry for the article at the end of your post.
- Make sure to make connections between your responses and their own; your experiences and those revealed in the video; and, the general clarity of the ideas presented.
Respond to Peers
- Post your essay on Bb in Discussions.
- Then, provide feedback to at least two of your peers, using the questions below. Please provide examples from your peers’ posts to support your responses for some of the questions.
- Note: See the following video for some information about the process, importance and value of peer feedback on writing:
When choosing an article consider these questions:
- Who is the author, and what are his/her qualifications?
- What is the nature of the text (type, purpose, intended audience)?
- What is the author’s thesis?
- What are the underlying assumptions? Are they stated or do they lurk behind a stance of neutrality and objectivity?
- How do assumptions and biases affect the validity of the text?
- Are arguments/statements supported by evidence? Is the evidence relevant? Sufficient?
- What evidence or ideas has the author failed to consider?
- Are the author’s judgments and conclusions valid?
- What rhetorical strategies does the author use? Are they effective?
- Is there a controversy surrounding either the text or the subject which it concerns?
- What is the overall value of the text?
Finally, consider these questions:
- In ways are the two articles similar and dissimilar?
- Is one or the other more effective?
- How do these articles enhance your understanding of the novel by Danticat?
Writing Your Essay – Consider this process:
- Identify the author’s thesis and purpose
- Analyze the structure of the work by identifying all main ideas
- Consult a dictionary or encyclopedia to understand material that is unfamiliar to you
- Make an outline of the work or write a description of it
- Write a summary of the work
- Determine and evaluate the purpose which could be:
- To inform with factual material — has the material been presented clearly, accurately, with order and coherence?
- To persuade with appeal to reason or emotions — are evidence, logical reasoning, and counter-argument present and effective?
- To entertain (to affect people’s emotions) — does it make you laugh, cry, angry? To what end does it do this? How how does it achieve this impact?
- Determine how/if this text helps you understand the novel by Danticat.
Revision Strategy Suggestion
- What are two or three main revision suggestions that you have for the writer?