Project #41250 - Seminar/Essay Assignment

 

1.    Choose a reading – look over the stories first and then make a selection that suits your interests.  Be sure to have more than one story in mind, as there will only be 5 spots per story/week.

 

2.    Sign up for a reading.  A sign-up sheet will be available in class next week, and then a copy will be posted on Blackboard, under “assignments. “

 

3.    Give your seminar a working title, one that reflects what you'll discuss.  Titles should be brief but suggestive (6-8 words).  Finalize your title after you’ve written the assignment.

 

4.    The seminar/essay presentation must be TWO pages double-spaced, and in MLA format.  There is no research required – simply focus your thoughts on the reading exclusively.  Include a Works Cited page for a total of three pages.  See the sample seminar for more info.

 

5.    In writing your seminar, focus more on analysis and argument.  I'm more interested in the strength of your analysis over summaries or description.  Plot summaries and repetition contribute nothing to the discussion – you need to move beyond the obvious.  Remember to quote directly from the reading to substantiate your argument.

 

6.    Choose a singular focus – one thing from the reading that you feel contributes something to the notion of the "zombie apocalypse" and its sub-categories, i.e., fear, horror, grotesque, darkness, evil, fallen humanity, broken social order, the importance of community, etc. 

 

7.    You then need to formulate an argument or thesis that provides a purpose for your focus – what does it do and so what?  Again, choose one thing, not two or three.  For example, if a character has destructive tendencies, what consequences do they or others face, and why?  How does the apocalyptic setting enhance the dangers?  One character; his/her actions; and the consequences of those actions – what does that reveal?  An argument holds it together.  Without one, it’s just descriptive.

 

8.    You are to read your seminar to the class, and then be prepared to field questions and provide clarification, where necessary.  It will be helpful to have other passages or scenes in mind in order to demonstrate that your argument/analysis is well-supported and not isolated.

 

9.    Power point and other visual aids are not required.  However, if you feel such aids will illustrate a key point in your seminar, then feel free to utilize the relevant technologies.

 

10.Be sure to edit your work for correct grammar or punctuation. 

 


Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/03/2014 08:55 am
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