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EA300B TMACOVER FORM (2013/2014)



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for content : a max of 20 marks

marks deducted for lang.  & communication errors:   a maximum of  6 marks

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Notes on plagiarism:

A.      According to the Arab Open University   By-laws, “the following acts represent cases of cheating and plagiarism:

§  Verbatim copying of printed material and submitting them as part of TMAs without proper academic acknowledgement and documentation.

§  Verbatim copying of material from the Internet, including tables and graphics.

§  Copying other students’ notes or reports.

§  Using paid or unpaid material prepared for the student by individuals or firms.

B.      Penalties for plagiarism ranges from failure in the TMA to expulsion from the university.


Declaration: I hereby declare that the submitted TMA is my own work and I have not copied any other person’s work or plagiarized in any other form as specified above.

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EA300B:  Children’s Literature (II)

TMA: Semester 2, 2013 - 2014


TMA: 20 points

Cut-off date: week 11

Length:  2000 words



Discuss how children are  educated to take on the role of agents of change with reference to Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry or The Other Side of Truth.



Student Notes:

These notes suggest some possible approaches you might want to take in response to the TMA question, and are intended to help you get started. They are not designed to be used as an essay plan, and you may well want to take a different approach. Regardless of the approach you take, you should present a well-developed argument backed up with evidence from children's books and the critical literature.


The following critical essays, some of which you should refer to in your development, provide the starting point for preparing this assignment:

·         Cicely Denean Cobb, ‘The role of education in Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder’

·         Hamida Bosmajian, ‘A search for law and justice in a racist society’

·         Kelly McDowell, ‘Child agency in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry’  

·         Beverley Naidoo, ‘A writer’s journey: retracing The Other Side of Truth

·         Jana Giles, ‘What is The Other Side of Truth?

·         R.S. Trites, Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature.

·         K. Reynolds, Radical children’s Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction.

·         Patricia, Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and Politics of Empowerment.


In addition to these articles, you may want to refer to some critical essays you studied last semester, and look back at your notes for DVD2 no.8 'New directions in publishing1: working partners'. You may also want to look at the end of each article for more bibliographical references. 


Students can address the following issues:

1.      How do children characters become agents of change?  

2.      How do the main character in these novels go through their coming of age experience?

3.      What factors helped them to go through this change?

4.      What has empowered them to reach their goals?

5.      What is it that they are trying to question and subvert?

6.      How do they assert their activism?

7.      Do these novels follow the classic model of Bildungsroman novels? How so?

8.      Do you find any of the bildungsroman techniques used in these novels?




Many of the articles you studied in the course deal with this issue. Consider how far you agree or disagree with these critics. You do not need to address all the questions raised above but you should ensure that your essay addresses the TMA question thoroughly.



A thesis statement and a proper logical presentation of ideas are necessary.

To do this TMA, you will need to do the following steps:


1.      Plan your essay ahead of time by writing a plan highlighting the main points you intend to cover.

2.      Write a thesis statement stating your argument to be included in the first page of your essay.

3.      Refer to the novel and select some excerpts that relate to your argument. State what these passages say and add your own comments and interpretation.

4.      Make sure your essay makes reference to some quotations from the novel.

5.      Your analytical comments should follow every time you quote from the text under discussion or the critical material you refer to.

6.      Reference to critical material related to this topic is a must. (You should refer to at least 3 articles from the course).

7.      You should refer and quote from the course’s audiovisual material whenever possible. The audiovisual material should be well integrated in your essay. 

8.      At this stage, you are expected to know how to paraphrase and synthesize the material you read, using your own words as much as possible. You still have to quote and use quotation marks in the right annotation methods you learned from your tutors.

9.      Make sure you ask your tutors in class and during their office hours for further clarifications.


Using the e-library on campus:

Students are requested to visit the e-library on campus and use it to do their TMAs properly. They are also requested to show their tutor that they used the e-library in doing the TMA by referring to at least 2 articles they have read. Students who fail to use and refer to material from the e-library will subsequently lose some marks.


The following are guidelines on plagiarism:

If you submit an assignment that contains work other than yours without acknowledging your sources, you are committing plagiarism. This might occur when:


·         Using a sentence or phrase that you have come across

·         Copying word-for-word directly from a text

·         Paraphrasing the words from the text very closely

·         Using text downloaded from the Internet

·         Borrowing statistics or assembled fact from another person or source

·         Copying or downloading figures, photographs, pictures or diagrams without acknowledging your sources

·         Copying from the notes or essays of a fellow student


(Slightly adapted from OU document on quoting versus plagiarism)


It is important to remember that plagiarism is strictly barred and would be subject to punitive action by the Arab Open University.


Marking Descriptor







Excellent answers showing confident and wide-ranging knowledge of core material, good understanding of any relevant theory, and a capacity to address the question in a structural, direct and effective way, thoughtfully and with insight. Originality of thought or ideas from outside the course are an added asset. Examples are to the point.

- Has an introduction defining plan of essay.

- Body divided into several paragraphs

- Conclusion which directly relates arguments to topic.

- Evidence that essay has been edited.

- Error-free grammar & register.

- Wide range of specialized terminology.

B to B+


Very good answers showing secure knowledge of course materials. Adopting an analytical approach and providing relevant discussion covering most of the key issues. Distinguished from A answers by being less insightful or by showing less comprehensive knowledge of the course.

 - First four criteria above maintained

- Demonstrates extensive grammar control.

- Terminology specialized but   less varied.

C to C+


Competent answers reflecting adequate knowledge of the more directly relevant course material and concepts, with reasonable structure and adequate coherence related to the question set.

- Introduction and/or conclusion  short but still satisfactory.

- Evidence of editing.

- Less grammar control than above.

- Good range of specialized terminology.




Answers which omit some concepts /evidence and/or lack coherence /structure, and/or make minor errors while still demonstrating basic understanding. Or Bare pass answers which show awareness of some relevant material and attempt to relate it to the question.

- Introduction and/or conclusion short but acceptable.

- no evidence of editing.

- Few grammatical errors that impede communication.

- Above average range of specialized terminology.

- Slightly confused introduction and/or conclusion, but body still fair.

- No evidence of editing.

- Some error types that impede communication.

- Fair range of specialized terminology.



Bare fail answers which attempt to draw upon relevant material but do not reflect sufficient knowledge of the course and/or neglect the focus required by the question, and/or are incomplete in some important aspects whilst being acceptable in others.

- No introduction and /or no conclusion.

- Body badly organized or irrelevant.

- Poor grammar control (extremely limited range of grammar & register).

- Limited or not specialized range of terminology.



Mark-Deduction Descriptor


The following grid is used in deducting marks, when grading TMAs, MTAs, and FEs, on the basis of language use and organisation




6th level courses

4th & 5th level courses

-          Has an introduction defining plan of essay.

-          Body divided into several paragraphs.

-          Conclusion which directly relates arguments to topic.

-          Evidence that essay has been edited.

-          Wide range of specialized terminology.

-          Error-free grammar & register, mechanics, etc.

- No deduction

- No deduction

-          Clear organization, with good introduction and conclusion.

-          Body divided into several paragraphs

-          Demonstrates extensive grammar control and mechanics: correct spelling, proper punctuation, correct sentences, with occasional/sporadic grammar mistakes (e.g., phrasal verbs, relative clauses).

-          Evidence of editing

-    Terminology specialized but less varied.

- Deduct 30% of deduction allowed:


TMA: 2

MTA: 3




        TMA: 1.5

         MTA: 2

-          Introduction and/or conclusion short but still satisfactory.

-          Some evidence of editing.

-          Less grammar control than above: (e.g., wrong use of prepositions, verb tenses).

-          Some non-recurrent problems in mechanics of writing

-          Average range of specialized terminology.

- Deduct 50% of deduction allowed







        TMA: 2

         MTA: 3

-          Introduction and/or conclusion short and slightly confused, but acceptable, with body still fair.

-          No evidence of editing: some grammatical and other recurrent types of errors that impede communication (e.g., verb forms, auxiliary verbs, passive structures, subject-verb agreement).

-          Recurrent errors of spelling and punctuation

-          Poor formatting

-          Below average range of specialized terminology.

- Deduct 80% of deduction allowed




          TMA: 5

          MTA: 7






       TMA: 3.5

        MTA: 5

-          No introduction and /or conclusion.

-          Body badly organized or irrelevant.

-          No editing whatsoever

-          Poor grammar control (extremely limited range of grammar & register, very basic, recurrent, and varied grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors of all types).

-          No formatting

-          Limited or not specialized range of terminology.

- Deduct 100% of deduction allowed


          TMA: 6

          MTA: 9




      TMA: 6

       MTA: 9






Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/07/2014 12:00 am
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