Literature Assignments

RWA 1

Professor Rodgers

Intro to Fiction

City Tech

 

Your first Reading and Writing Assignment is in five parts.  Please respond to each question separately.  If possible, in addition to bringing a printed copy of the assignment to class on Wednesday, please post your answers to our Course Blog on the course Open Lab site.  If you are not familiar enough with Open Lab to do that, that is fine.  However, please at a minimum visit the Open Lab Course Site and register with Open Lab.  Please type your responses to these questions, follow MLA formatting guidelines, and make sure to read over your responses at least once before handing in the assignment.  

 

1. Please Introduce Yourself!

 

Please introduce yourself by responding to the following questions.  If you would like to include any additional information about yourself, for instance, where you work, who you live with, what you do in your spare time, etc., we are always interested in knowing more about you! 

 

What is your name?

Which neighborhood/area do you live in?

What is your major?

What year are you at City Tech?

What have you been reading over the summer?

 

2.  Three Questions About Our Syllabus

Please read over the course syllabus and list three SPECIFIC questions that you have about it.  For instance, "Why are we reading x instead of y?"; "What does the term ‘rhetoric’ mean?"; etc.

 

3.  Three Questions To Help Us Get To Know One Another

Please post three questions that you would like your classmates to respond to and that you feel are good questions to ask when you are first getting to know a classmate or colleague.  Once the questions are posted, I'd like each one of you to respond to the questions in three separate posts.

           

4. Reviewing the Texts We Are Using For This Class

 

Please look over the course Web site and the texts that we will be using in this class and respond to the following questions:

 

a. What do you think of them?

b. Which stories in the Gwynn collection are most interesting to you?  Why?

c. Do you have any questions about these texts?

 

5.  In your opinion and based on your experience, what is fiction and why should we read it?

Please write one or more paragraphs reflecting on this question.



Reading and Writing Assignment 2: Introduction to Reading and Discussing Fiction
Introduction to Fiction
Professor Rodgers

Please read the introduction to Fiction: A Pocket Anthology (pp. 1-20).  After carefully reading and taking notes on this introduction, please do the following:

1.  Using what you know about the purpose of introductions, re-write the first paragraph of Gwynn's introduction.

2.  Relate a brief story that you know. 

3.  Based on what you've learned from reading the introduction apply the following terms to the story:  plot, theme, character, setting, story.

Please type your responses to these questions, follow MLA formatting guidelines, and make sure to read over your responses at least once before handing in the assignment.  




RWA3?
Herman Melville's short story "Bartleby the Scrivener," which is in our course reader and Barnet's "Elements of Fiction," which I handed out in class today.  Either in a notebook or in the margins of the reading, please keep track of any words or phrases that are unfamiliar to you, or questions that you have about the text.

On a separate sheet/sheets of paper, please respond to the following questions.  Please type this assignment and follow MLA formatting guidelines.


1/ Please describe as carefully and completely as you can the key events in Melville's story. 

2/ Choose one paragraph or passage from Melville's story that caught your attention or that you had questions about. Why did it particularly interest or confuse you? Why is it important to the story as a whole? 

3/ In one paragraph, explain what you liked about Melville's story. Locate at least one quote that reflects and illustrates what you liked about it.

4/ After reading Barnet, explain what you have learned about how to read and interpret fiction.

5/ Barnet introduces several key terms for reading fiction, including plot, character, narrative perspective, setting, and theme.  Please briefly write about each of these five terms in relation to Melville's story.  
 

College Writing
Professor Rodgers
Reading and Writing Assignment 2:  Melville and Barnet

 

Please read Herman Melville's short story "Bartleby the Scrivener," which is in our course reader and Barnet's "Elements of Fiction," which I handed out in class today.  Either in a notebook or in the margins of the reading, please keep track of any words or phrases that are unfamiliar to you, or questions that you have about the text.

On a separate sheet/sheets of paper, please respond to the following questions.  Please type this assignment and follow MLA formatting guidelines.


1/ Please describe as carefully and completely as you can the key events in Melville's story. 

2/ Choose one paragraph or passage from Melville's story that caught your attention or that you had questions about. Why did it particularly interest or confuse you? Why is it important to the story as a whole? 

3/ In one paragraph, explain what you liked about Melville's story. Locate at least one quote that reflects and illustrates what you liked about it.

4/ After reading Barnet, explain what you have learned about how to read and interpret fiction.

5/ Barnet introduces several key terms for reading fiction, including plot, character, narrative perspective, setting, and theme.  Please briefly write about each of these five terms in relation to Melville's story.  
 

College Writing
Professor Rodgers
Reading and Writing Assignment 2:  Melville and Barnet

 

Please read Herman Melville's short story "Bartleby the Scrivener," which is in our course reader and Barnet's "Elements of Fiction," which I handed out in class today.  Either in a notebook or in the margins of the reading, please keep track of any words or phrases that are unfamiliar to you, or questions that you have about the text.

On a separate sheet/sheets of paper, please respond to the following questions.  Please type this assignment and follow MLA formatting guidelines.


1/ Please describe as carefully and completely as you can the key events in Melville's story. 

2/ Choose one paragraph or passage from Melville's story that caught your attention or that you had questions about. Why did it particularly interest or confuse you? Why is it important to the story as a whole? 

3/ In one paragraph, explain what you liked about Melville's story. Locate at least one quote that reflects and illustrates what you liked about it.

4/ After reading Barnet, explain what you have learned about how to read and interpret fiction.

5/ Barnet introduces several key terms for reading fiction, including plot, character, narrative perspective, setting, and theme.  Please briefly write about each of these five terms in relation to Melville's story.  
 

 






 






 

 




 




 




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