Assignment: Write a Sonnet

Write a sonnet (any type on any topic) and post it in the Forum space created for it by Monday, November 2.

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Course Continuity

Greetings, my esteemed students.

We are going through difficult times, particularly for the continuity of the work we are doing in class. It is less than ideal for us to not meet and continue building upon our knowledge and gained analytical skills. It is therefore important for us to continue thinking about our class material. For this reason, here are the following assignments and rescheduled work.

1. When we meet next, we will continue discussing the Flannery O’Connor stories as originally planned, including an accelerated drafting process for the essay.

2. I suggest you finish reading the stories and accompanying materials and start thinking about (a.k.a. “writing”) your essay.

3. For inspiration and reference I recommend the following films about the South:
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The Color Purple
Driving Miss Daisy
Gone with the Wind
Fried Green Tomatoes
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Hope to see you all soon.


Essay #2: Engaging Flannery O’Connor


The goal of this assignment is to write a work that engages Flannery O’Connor’s work as a Southern writer. To achieve this, you have two options:

  1. Write an academic essay in which you prove something about Flannery O’Connor’s work as a writer. Your essay should be based on detailed analysis of at least two of O’Connor’s stories and should be informed by research on O’Connor and the South.
  2. Write a short story that arises from your understanding of Flannery O’Connor’s style, themes, use of setting, characterization, and so on, accompanying it with a short essay (250 words) that points out your understanding of O’Connor and the South.

Your audience is members of this class, whom you can safely assume are familiar with the stories, O’Connor, and the South. At least two secondary sources are required for this assignment, but if used, they should be biographical, historical, and other contextual information, not other analyses.


This essay (or story+essay) must be about 1000 words in length, typed, double-spaced, with 1” margins, and in a conservative font (about 4 pages). You must have a title page with the following information: Your Name, Date, Course and Section Number, the Assignment (Essay #2), and the Title of Your Essay. Underneath the final draft, include all the previous drafts and available prewriting. The final draft is due Friday, October 16.


Your essay will be evaluated in the following areas, with areas 1-3 carrying most of the weight of the grade:

  1. Assignment (fulfilling requirements, quality of thesis, and depth of analysis),
  2. Organization (clarity of thesis, thorough paragraphing, overall organization),
  3. Development (relevance of claims, adequacy of support, and textual evidence),
  4. Sentence Structure, Word Choice, and Grammar (weaknesses will be identified in these areas, but they will not affect grade significantly unless they get in the way of understanding the essay).

An essay that satisfies all the requirements of the assignment with a clear sense of organization and adequate development earns a “C” in this class. An essay that achieves the goals at an above average level of proficiency, with only minor problems in one or two areas earns a “B.”  The “A” is reserved for nearly flawless, elegant essays that excel in all the criteria described above. Essays that do not fulfill the minimum requirements for the assignment earn a “D.”  Only essays that are not turned in or are plagiarized earn an “F” in this class, and may result in a failing grade in the course.