Papers (14% in total)
are seven Thought Papers worth 2% each)
- Thought papers
are certainly very simple and short assignments.
- They are two paragraphs
long, and the length of the paper in total should be between a minimum of
100 words to a maximum of 150 words.
- To make certain
your word count is correct (in MS Word) you can click on
“Tools” and then click on “word count.
- Use the formatting guidelines
established during class lectures.
- The assigned text will always be poems
from Reading Literature and Writing
- I simply want
your thoughts on the assigned reading, which might take the form of
addressing one or more of the following:
- How the setting
helps you to interpret the poem.
- Who the speaker
is, and how that helps you to interpret the poem.
- How the
language and word choices help to establish the tone of the poem.
- The above list
(1 through 3) is just an example of an approach to this assignment. If you
have other thoughts then feel free to take a different approach.
- The total number
of words in your two paragraphs must be 100 to 150 words.
- Use a document
header, as you should for all assignments.
- Use a two-part
title separated by a colon, neither part of which should contain the name
of the assignment, nor should it contain part or all of
the name of the poem.
- The formatting
guidelines on the syllabus/class lectures must be observed.
- The paper should
be two paragraphs long.
- Writing must be
free—or predominantly free—of typos, awkward/unclear phrasing,
and sentence level errors.
- Do not use
- Do not use first
person pronouns such as “I” “me” “my.”
- Do not use
second person pronouns such as “you” “your”
- Do not engage in
personal stories, meaning stories of your own life experiences, or the
experiences of friends, family, and so on.
- Do not begin
sentences with conjunctions: but, and, or, nor, for, so, yet.
- Do not pose any
questions in any assignments. This means, quite literally, not to use
questions. Make statements instead.
- Do not quote the
bible or make allusions to religion in any way.
- Avoid any form
of direct address to the reader, such as "think about the fact that .
- Avoid too casual
of a prose style, such as sentences that begin with words like "well,
sure, now, yes, no."
- Do not use the
phrase “a lot,” which can usually be replaced with one of the
following words: many, most, much.
- Because thought
papers are so short, do not quote more than a very brief line or two, if
anything at all, from of the poem.
- Remember that
part of this course involves working toward higher level writing
skills. To that end, your
writing should sound less like a verbal conversation between friends, and
more like an academic paper, which means it has a formal tone. Everyone should be attempting to
make his or her prose sound more scholarly.
- Engage the
Assignment Calendar section of the course syllabus for due dates and the
poems over which you will write these papers.