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Selected Assigned Readings in 50 ESSAYS: A PORTABLE ANTHOLOGY

Assignment Due: First draft of Writing Project #2-Compare and Contrast Essay
So far, we have covered a series of paired readings; Langston Hughes, Salvation and Stephanie Ericsson The Ways We Lie in Module 6,  The Fourth of July by Audre Lorde and Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me  in Module 7, James Baldwin Notes of a Native Son and Bharati Mukherjee Two Ways to Belong in America in Module 8, Maya Angelou Graduation and Mike Rose I Just Wanna Be Average in Module 9 and  Jen Gann Wrongful Birth and George Orwell Shooting an Elephant in Module 10.

As you can see in each paired reading, two stories can have the same theme, but authors can approach that theme in totally different ways. For your Compare and Contrast essay, you will identify how the author varies their approach to similar themes; How are the messages similar and/or how are they different?  Think about how authors reacted to conflict.

A successful compare/contrast essay for this prompt will constantly be looking at the works of literature together, moving back and forth between them and using the tools of literary analysis to point out significant similarities and differences. This means that using a point-by-point compare/contrast structure is more effective for this prompt. The point-by-point structure calls for you to choose several points of comparison between your works of literature, and for each body paragraph to discuss paired reading and how those works deal with the topic of that paragraph

Write a Four to Six (4-6) page essay where you identify how the author varies their approach to similar themes; Compare and contrast the treatment of a similar theme in your chosen paired reading.

Guidelines for Essay Format in MLA:

Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with beginning with Arabic numerals (1), one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin.

In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor’s name, the course, and the date (16 September 2020). Again, be sure to use double-space throughout your essay

Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman. The font size should be 12 pt.)

Make sure that your first draft is in your project 1 folder in your Google drive, then

Type your (4-6) page paper and share your first draft with two-three of your peers(Your peers’ contact information is on slide 3 on the class Google slides) using the share feature in Google docs

For a sample MLA (Modern Language Association) Format paper, please go to Purdue Owl by clicking this link: MLA General Format

Also, access the Google slides to use the information and links to help in writing your essay. Google Slides

Below is the Essay Rubric which can also be found in the course menu.

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