Week 3 Skill-Building Activity

Part of writing an effective analytical research paper (which you will begin working on a little later in the course) involves using evidence directly from your  primary texts (the literature itself) as well as the works of other critics and scholars ( secondary texts). Therefore, you will need to get comfortable with finding these types of sources, analyzing them, and accurately quoting or paraphrasing from these outside sources in your own writing. This activity helps build these research skills by writing a brief article analysis. 


For this activity, choose a critical article from one of the Library databases that  makes a clear argument about any one of the stories you’ve read for the class so far. The databases that would work best are Bloom’s Literature, JSTOR, Literary Reference Center, Literature Resource Center, or ProQuest. The article you choose must provide more than basic biographical information and plot summary to make an opinionated argument  about some aspect of the literary work you read in class.  Your response should be at least 300-500 words in length and sufficiently address all stated content requirements.






· In your analysis, you should clearly identify the article author’s thesis and main points by briefly  SUMMARIZING the article’s main ideas.  


· Next,  ANALYZE the article author’s argument. What is he or she trying to say about the literary material? What textual evidence does the author provide? What new point or idea is the author trying to introduce about the literature? Also make sure to consider what literary theory the author is using. How can you tell?


· Finally,  EVALUATE the article author’s argument. Is the article’s thesis relevant or convincing to you? Why or why not? What does the author do (or not do) that helps to convince readers of his or her viewpoints? Would you have used that literary theory in your own analysis of the text? Why or why not?


· At some point in your paper, you should include at least one QUOTE and/or one PARAPHRASE from the article, with appropriate in-text citations.


MLA Style


· Your paper must be formatted according to MLA format (this includes having a header, double spacing throughout the document, appropriate font, etc.)


· Use correct MLA in-text documentation as needed.


· You must include a Works Cited page at the end of your paper.


· For more information about MLA style, view the MLA Formatting and Citations page:  https://gmc.mrooms3.net/course/view.php?id=53340 . 


Mechanics, Grammar, and Punctuation


· All written assignments should be mechanically and grammatically correct, with proper punctuation. For more information on each of these, view Purdue OWL’s pages on the following: 


· Grammar:  https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/index.html


· Mechanics:  https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/mechanics/index.html


· Punctuation:  https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/punctuation/punctuation/index.html


· Skill-Building Activity submissions will be graded using the following criteria:

Week 3 Skill-Building Activity

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