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This discussion should build your critical reading and analysis skills, as well as help prepare you for your essays later in the course.

Purpose: Practice discovering the epic themes of the warrior hero, good and evil, and mortality by considering a major epic, Shahnameh or the Epic of Kings. This discussion should build your critical reading and analysis skills, as well as help prepare you for your essays later in the course. Keep in mind that, your central concern is to understand what the evidence about these themes reveals about the relationship between the epic heroes and their own cultures as well as the relationship between epic heroes and heroic elements common to human society in all times.
Tasks: Use the steps below to write a 500+ word response connected to the purpose and overarching themes in the readings for this unit. Pick Option 1, 2, or 3 below, and follow the steps outlined.
Option 2: Human mortality: Rustem is helpless against circumstances that cause the deaths of those whom he cares for. What do the betrayals of Rustem and Saiawush and the deaths of Sorab and Saiawush indicate about the Persian culture, or how do they express Zoroastrian beliefs? Choose a passage that speaks to these questions. Then, consider these questions in relation to your passage: How does your passage illustrate a conclusion about the view of death within this culture or more generally?
Once you have done this, structure and revise your initial thoughts into 2-3 robust, well-developed paragraphs of at least 500 words, using the passage you have selected as evidence to support your ideas, and post them in the discussion.

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Use at least 3 sources to analyze.

First Major Paper: Analytical Essay
Write a 6 page analysis on the topic of the American Dream using all the materials we have covered in class to good effect in construting your arguments.
Suggested topics are
1. Is the American Dream dead?
2. The American Dream has evolved over the past 100 or so years we have been using the term.
3. Republicans approach the American Dream differently in their campaigns than do the Democrats. Who has the better claim?
4, The American Dream: Alive and well, changed over time, or nonger attainable?
5. The American Dream is alive and well and attainable by anyone through hard work.
6,. Or a topic of your choosing on the American Dream, just run it by me first. It must be an analytical essay, though..
Use at least 3 sources to analyze. Extra points if you use more appropriately.
We wiill go over thesis and topic sentences and create an outline for your papers during future classes. This will count as an interim assignment and will be graded.
Due October 16. Times New Roman 12 pt, double spaced, submitted as a .doc, pdf, or jpeg (I strongly discourage the last). Submit as an attachment. Do not paste to the text or comment boxes. I will not accept it.
Worth 15 points of your final grade.

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After analyzing and researching the writings of douglass, jacobs, lincoln, and stowe, form a thesis that enables you to address douglass’ and jacobs’ lives as slaves and lincoln’s and stowe’s influences in bringing the institution of slavery to an end.

Both Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe were influential writers of the Civil War era; and this turbulent time in American history also gave rise to the slave narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ann Jacobs. After analyzing and researching the writings of Douglass, Jacobs, Lincoln, and Stowe, form a thesis that enables you to address Douglass’ and Jacobs’ lives as slaves and Lincoln’s and Stowe’s influences in bringing the institution of slavery to an end.

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Write a 3- to 5-page paper about the changing reception of passing based on your reading of barwick’s article.

Clark Barwick writes in his article, “A History of Passing,” that “each successive generation [of readers] has actively and even literally projected its own needs, desires, and anxieties” on the novel, such that the “record of publication and reading provides us with critical insight not just into the shifting interpretation of an important novel but also into how America has understood—and continues to understand, and will continue to understand—race, gender, sexuality, and ultimately, those who do not easily fit into its prescriptive categories” (24–25). Write a 3- to 5-page paper about the changing reception of Passing based on your reading of Barwick’s article. Your essay should include a brief summary (two paragraphs or less) of Barwick’s article but should devote most of its length to a discussion of two main questions: Is any one moment of the novel’s reputation more valid or authentic than the others? Is there a past moment of the novel’s reputation that today’s readers (including yourself) would be most likely to connect with? When answering each question, make sure to develop your reasoning clearly and with explicit reference to both Larsen’s text and Barwick’s article.

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The novel also invokes class, gender, and sexuality as components of their dynamic—and some might say volatile—sense of self.

Race is an obvious determinant of both Clare’s and Irene’s respective identities in Nella Larsen’s Passing. The novel also invokes class, gender, and sexuality as components of their dynamic—and some might say volatile—sense of self. Choose one of these modes of identity (class, gender, or sexuality), and discuss a passage or incident from the novel in which it is linked to race. Make sure to analyze specific language from the text as part of your post. Remember that you’re required to respond to two of your peers’ posts. When responding to your peers, extend the conversation by returning to assigned texts for additional evidence, analysis, and/or commentary, with the purpose of bringing fresh insight to the work of your peers.

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Your partial publish should be at least 3 full pages in length.

Write a rhetorical analysis of Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience.” Please, use the following format:
Introduction: Introduce the reading, the author’s background, the historical relevance of the passage, and a reference to the intended audience as it is also important. As you do this, you would paraphrase the author’s main idea of the work and why it is still relevant today. You would also identify the kinds of rhetoric the author uses well and the kinds of rhetoric he misuses–as long as it is rhetoric that you plan to discuss in your paper. Finally, you would need to state whether, overall, the work is successful based on the rhetoric, not whether you agree or disagree with the main idea or other ideas.
Body: Assess Thoreau’s rhetoric. In the body of your essay, you will need to focus on one aspect of the author’s rhetoric at a time. For example, you might have a section about how the author’s ethos is sound or not. For example, why is it trustworthy or not? Does the author present information fairly and accurately? Are important and complicated or ambiguous terms clearly defined? (If not, this might lead a reader to mistrust the ideas because the reader might not understand the unfamiliar terms.) You might also discuss sound logic for some of the work and fallacies for other portions. Where is the author being logical? How does it help? Where is the author being illogical? How does it do harm to the work? It is important to focus on one aspect of rhetoric in a section. Save the other aspects of rhetoric for other sections. Don’t discuss too many rhetorical concepts at once. If you include too much in one section, it becomes confusing and difficult for your reader to follow.
Conclusion: State your conclusions about the overall validity of the piece–your assessment of the author’s success at achieving his or her aims. Remind the reader of the areas of weakness and strength of the passage.
Do not use any supplemental sources. The only sources you may use are Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” and your personal experience and knowledge. If you use additional sources for this essay, you will lose an automatic 25%.
Bring 2 printed copies of a partial publish to class on _____________. Your partial publish should be at least 3 full pages in length.
Submit your finished essay to Canvas before class on or before ______________. Your final publish needs to be at least 4 full pages. Be sure that it is formatted in MLA style and that the font is 12 point Times New Roman.

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The point is to give you more time to work on that final project, so it can be worthwhile.

Decide on your final project. It can be an expansion of your TED talk with audio, music and audio effects. This would make it an audio project. Think of a podcast like Radio Lab, but with a theme with a personal story in it. If you chose to make an audio project look at Module 5 before Module 4 and start working on your project.
You can also create an audio project that is not your TED talk. This would be more like a traditional podcast, again consider Radio Lab the model.
You can create either of the above as a slideshow if you wish to use images over your audio.
You can also use video to tell your final project story. If you wish to make a video, go to Module 4 – Video storytelling and start working on your video.
Included in this “interim” final project module are the instructions for both the video assignment and the audio assignment. You DO NOT complete these assignments. You use these instructions to guide you in your final project. The point is to give you more time to work on that final project, so it can be worthwhile.
The rough publish/first cut of your project is due 9/25, and will be a peer-graded assignment. Your final publish, which I will grade, is due October 14.
What is due in this assignment is which type of project you will be doing – audio or slideshow or video or long-format written with audio/video inserts, and what the topic will be.

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In other words, how much faith (no pun intended) does hawthorne seem to have regarding organized religion or religious leaders specifically?

Hawthorne’s short stories “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minister’s Black Veil” deal with both the religion of his Puritan ancestors and his own view of this religion.
Prompt:
In a well-organized FORMAL essay (meaning you must have clear intro, body, and concluding paragraphs), address the following questions regarding BOTH of these stories:
How do these stories reflect Hawthorne’s views on Puritanism or religion in general? In other words, how much faith (no pun intended) does Hawthorne seem to have regarding organized religion or religious leaders specifically? If there is a difference in how he depicts religious leaders in these stories, what is the reason for the difference?
Again, your answer to these questions should be a well-organized, FORMAL essay of AT LEAST 500 words.
Submission Guidelines:
Submit this response in the text box provided.
The attached rubric will be used to grade your submission.
Any submission that does not hit the minimum word count will have the % missing deducted from the overall score.
Review your Turnitin report!
Remember, any similarity that is not blue will need to be reviewed and possibly revised and re-submitted to avoid any hint of plagiarism.
This is especially important for this assignment as it is a “major” assignment, meaning that if plagiarism is present, you could receive a “0” for this assignment AND be removed from the course with a final grade of an “F.”
Also, the best way to avoid plagiarism is to submit your own analysis of the text. This should be your answer to the prompt using the text itself and the information on this page and in this module, not what you can find on Google or on homework “helper” sites (Just say NO to Course Hero, Chegg, Study.com, Lit Charts, StudyCorgi, Bartleby, Sparknotes, etc.)
In other words, the ONLY information you should use in your response are the texts themselves and the information from the module. No additional secondary sources are allowed because, again, this should be your analysis of the texts. If your response contains any use of an additional secondary source, it is likely to be given a “0.”

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Your secondary source (something written about the story) does not need to be scholarly, but it may.

Essay 1. These are the stories for Essay 1: Write an analytical essay in which you develop an argumentative thesis making reference to at least two of these elements: language, point of view, setting, plot, characterization, and conflict. You can find a thesis by Isolating one of the themes (comment about the human condition) and answering the question it raises.
Your primary source is the story. Your secondary source (something written about the story) does not need to be scholarly, but it may. Use MLA guidelines to govern the appearance of your essay. The essay should be 3-5 pages exclusive of the works cited page.

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Cite 3 passages from the text to support your ideas.

Compare and contrast the different conflicts in the poem. What do we learn about human nature and the human condition as we compare/contrast these conflicts?
3 quotes from the book that have to do with the topic
Make it sound like a 16 year old boy
Cite 3 passages from the text to support your ideas. DO NOT use informal or general ideas from daily life; stick closely to the poem only.