Friday, September 19, 2008

Essay #2 – Characterization

In case you need it, here's the assignment:

Your job here is to write a short (2-3 pages typed 1.5 space) assertive essay in which you explain how the author develops characterization to create meaning and support his/her purpose in one of the two short stories that you read, “The Red Carpet” or “Everyday Use.”

Here’s what you have to do:
  1. First, you have to really think about what the story is about. What idea does it communicate? What is the author’s purpose in writing this story?
  2. Then, think about how the characterization helps to create that meaning. How does the author use it? Find specific examples in the text that demonstrate this.
  3. Your thesis statement must be specific and argumentative. You must come up with an idea of HOW it is used and WHAT it is being used for. What is the effect of the particular approaches to characterization the author has chosen?
  4. Draft some ideas. It’s not a five paragraph essay per se, but it should have an introduction with thesis, supporting body paragraphs and a conclusion.
  5. Leave your ideas alone for a while. Then go back, revaluate them, and rewrite.

Try not to spend more than 2 hours on the actual writing. You can spend as much time as you want on the thinking!

2 comments:

Cynthia R said...

MR Gallagher!!!

Please help. For monday, we only have to read 1/3 of the book and write our essay. Correct?

Some students think that we have to do 5 dj's total by monday. I thought we jsut had to use our post it so we could reference them once you give us new dj topics on monday.

please help me out
cynthia

Mr. G said...

yes...and thanks for using this space to ask--so as I don't have to answer a bunch of separate questions by email.

you just have to read the first 1/3 of the book. We will begin d.j.s in class tomorrow. you are most correct.

of course, your paper on characterization is also do tomorrow.... not bad, for a weekend's worth of work