Reflect and respond to one of the short stories you read by selecting one of the following prompts:
Imagine that you could become an omniscient character in any of the pieces you have read and could change the plot somehow. Describe the piece of literature in which the character belongs, and how that character would alter the plot. Use details from the piece to note how the plot might change.
Using a short story that you read in this unit, analyze a character who begins as a minor character, but evolves into a major character with an important role as the story progresses.
Using a short story with which you are familiar, examine how one character influences other characters to change.
Examine a character who embodies a dark mood.
Examine a character who goes through a complete mental breakdown as the story progresses.
Examine the attributes of a determined character.
You should work on answering the question as it relates to the story. How you answer the initial question in the introduction will help you to develop your thesis. There is no need to include a summary of the story, as your instructor has read the stories; instead, focus on writing a reader-response essay.
For each main point that you select, support that point with quotes from the story. Then, share your analysis of how and why the main point and evidence/quotes/examples fit together.
Remember that reader-response paragraphs are less formal than other types of academic writing. However, as we are working to master APA academic writing, do not use first-person point of view, so no I in these paragraphs or in the thesis. Instead, use objective third-person point of view.
For a successful critical thinking assignment, you must do the following:
Have a strong thesis statement that you craft after constructing your evidence-based paragraphs. View the following links for more information:
How to Write a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.)
The Perfect Paragraph (Links to an external site.)
Use specific textual support from the text in the body of your paper.
Apply literary terms from Modules 1 and 2 to provide analysis and rationale for your assertions.
Include quotations with your close reading. This is important so you can work to analyze the authors words and is an essential part of literary analysis.
Proofread for errors in spelling, grammar, and writing mechanics. Vary sentence structure and sentence length to add interest.