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Drawbonds English 101 Essay 1: Literary Analysis and Personal Reflection


Prompt: Choose one of the following two prompts. You may use information from The Gettin Place and your own life and observations. You are not required to use information/examples from The Gettin Place, but it is recommended. We are using themes in The Gettin Place as a jumping off point. 1. A recurring theme in the novel is that of double-consciousnesswe see characters such as Marcus and Enchantee struggle as they move between what they see as two different worlds: the worlds they grew up in and the worlds they live and work in as adults. Both characters have trouble feeling at home in either world. Describe a situation in which you have experienced the same kind of double-consciousnessa moving back and forth between two or more distinct worlds: culturally, economically, socially, etc. You may choose to bring in information from The Gettin Place or even compare your situation to a character in the novel. 2. Throughout The Gettin Place, we see the importance of music in peoples lives. We see people use music to connect with their culture, to communicate, to deal with traumatic events, and to express emotion. Write about the role or importance of music in how people deal with their circumstances, learn about themselves, and connect with others. You may use examples from The Gettin Place (again, you are not required to), your own personal experiences, and the experiences of people you know. 3. If you have another idea about a topic that involves themes from The Gettin Place and your own experiences, come talk to me! Make sure you get approval before writing. Guidelines for Writing: Make sure that you follow the essay format we discussed in class! This should be a full essay with multiple paragraphs, including an introductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph. You should also have at least two body paragraphs. Work on having a specific thesis statement that responds directly to the prompt and states your main idea. Your support for your thesis should be organized into body paragraphs with clear topic sentences. The rough drafts you bring for peer review and your final draft must be typedno handwritten papers will be accepted for full credit. Your essay should be between 500-750 words. Please write the word count at the end of your paper. The word count can be found at the bottom of the screen when you are typing in Microsoft Word. I will check to see that your composition is between 500-750 words. Your essay should be in correct MLA format, which includes using 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spacing, one-inch margins all around, and correct MLA format heading and page numbering. There is more information about MLA format on the class website. Do the best work you can! If you have questions or feel that you need help, you can see me during my office hours, which are listed on your syllabus. Rough Draft Due: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 ***bring 3 TYPED copies for Peer Review Workshop Final Draft Due: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

***turn in ALL prewriting, peer reviewed drafts, and rough drafts