Essay #2: Naturalism and Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

Description

The goal of this assignment is to analyze Maggie: A Girl of the Streets in the theoretical context of Naturalism.

Procedure

Required steps:

  1. Read the following theories of Naturalism:
  1. Frank Norris, “Zola as a Romantic Writer” and “A Plea for Romantic Fiction” (920-926).
  2. Theodore Dreiser, “True Art Speaks Plainly” (926-927).
  3. Jack London, “From What Life Means to Me” (928-930).
  1. Read Maggie: A Girl of the Streets.
  2. Analyze the novel in the context of the assigned theories.
  3. Formulate an interpretive thesis statement that arises from your analysis of the novel.
  4. Write your essay. Supporting your thesis with selected analysis of textual passages and referring to at least two of the theoretical works..

Requirements

The final paper should be about 600 words long (2-3 pages) in MLA format (typed, double-spaced, with 1” margins, and a 12-point Arial, Times, or Times New Roman font). Any use of sources must be documented in impeccable MLA format—parenthetical citation (author’s last name & page number) and works cited page. A printed copy of this essay is due in class on Wednesday, May 18.

Evaluation

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, are plagiarized, or are not a serious effort to meet the assignment earn an “F” in this class.

May 9, 2011. Tags: , .    Category: General.   No Comments.

Dances with Wolves

Watch Dances with Wolves (1990) for our Friday, March 25 class and post a reaction to the film on our Facebook page.

Here are some sources:

March 16, 2011.     Category: General.   No Comments.

Essay #1: Huckleberry Finn

Description

The goal of this assignment is to explore an aspect of Huckleberry Finn in depth, focused on:

Your essay should explore the idea throughout the novel, providing in-depth analysis of moments and passages that support your ideas. Remember that you are out to prove something about Huckleberry Finn, something not obvious to your audience, expressed most concisely as a thesis statement and proven through analysis and textual evidence throughout the essay.

Requirements

Evaluation

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

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, are plagiarized, or are not a serious effort to meet the assignment earn an “F” in this class.

March 16, 2011. Tags: , .    Category: General.   No Comments.

Facebook Page

My esteemed students:

I am discontinuing the use of the Forum and replacing it with a different tool: a Facebook Page for the class. This tool has several benefits:

Have fun with our new space!

And don’t forget to “like” the page, so you can receive its feeds and communication through that resource.

March 7, 2011.     Category: General.   No Comments.

Huckleberry Finn

If you’d rather read an e-book version of Huckleberry Finn, you can download it in a variety of formats at the following site: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/76

Project Gutenberg is an excellent source of quality electronic books.

The calendar has the reading schedule by page numbers and by chapters. For Monday, you need to read the first 16 chapters.

It’s a lot, I know, and it’s a busy time of the semester. If it’s any consolation, I am equally busy and have to read the material too. (Last time I read Huckleberry Finn was about 20 years ago!)

Also, a word of advice on the style and the narrative. Mark Twain seeks to capture the vernacular of the region and its people, particularly making fun of character types: uneducated low class types, african americans, grifters, upper class types, and so on. So don’t get too bogged down in trying to understand every word or sentence: press on and you’ll find that your brain will start to adjust to the language and it will become easier to comprehend as you go along.

Enjoy!

March 5, 2011. Tags: , .    Category: General.   No Comments.

The Preface to Leaves of Grass

Click image for link to assigned reading. Read the Preface.

Annotated Link

February 4, 2011. Tags: .    Category: General.   No Comments.

Google Apps for Education

For this course, we will be using our UPR Google Apps for Education extensively, particularly Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Documents. You can access these services through the Portal Colegial, but here are some direct shortcuts:

January 26, 2011. Tags: .    Category: General.   No Comments.

Clickers

This course will be using clickers every day, so it is essential for you to purchase your clicker as soon as possible. The model adopted by the UPRM is the Turning Technologies Response Card XR, which is available at the Campus Bookstore for $53 (tax included). There is a $10 mail-in rebate, so that helps. This clicker will serve you in all the classes which use them during your time at the Colegio, so this is a pricey, but important investment.

I expect you to have your clickers no later than Friday, February 4, and always bring them to class from that moment forward.

The moment you get your clicker, register it in my class:

  1. Register your clicker at  http://student.turningtechnologies.com.
  2. Register in my class. My e-mail is leonardo.flores@upr.edu

January 26, 2011. Tags: .    Category: General.   No Comments.

Welcome

Greetings and welcome to our course blog!

This will be our digital meeting space for the duration of the course on this fair Spring 2011 semester. In this course blog you’ll be able to access important course information, such as the syllabus, course calendar, and announcements made during the semester. The course forum will allow us to engage in discussions beyond the limits of our class meeting times. Feel free to post topics in the forum, have conversations, comment on postings, and take advantage of this online space.

I look forward to our conversation!

January 25, 2011. Tags: .    Category: General.   No Comments.