Writing Work

I find that it’s helpful to hand out sample body paragraphs to students every so often to get them thinking about what works and doesn’t work about literary analysis. The two paragraphs below came from research papers on Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night. Most students know which sample is more effective. The next steps are two-fold: uncovering and articulating WHY it’s more effective and HOW students can replicate its strengths.

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Writing Work

Intro to Lit: A Library Workshop Day

My intro to lit students wrote their research paper about Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night. We spent three weeks (or six classes) covering the novel and its companion research paper. In class four, we all met in the library’s tech classroom to review the resources at students’ disposal there for their paper.

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Intro to Lit: A Library Workshop Day