Writer’s choice

**Whatever option you decide to go with, I can provide the book pages (images) and the documents of the theories
You can choose to write this assignment on either Hanna’s article (Reader Response) or Howard’s article (Structuralism). Just pick ONE.
Option A: Hanna (Reader Response applied to Sir Gawain)
This journal entry is based on Ralph Hanna’s article on the interpretations of the girdle in SGGK that we read as our example of Reader Response theory in action (it’s pp. 116-31 in the Norton and we discussed this on Sep 2).
In this journal entry, you need to do three things:
1. Identify and explain ONE theoretical concept from Reader Response theory. You can use Iser (eg “expectations,” “gaps,” “alien associations,” “memory”) or Fish (“interpretive communities”, or “experience as meaning”). You should quote from the theorist and briefly explain and unpack the concept you’ve chosen.
2. Then, explain how a specific portion of Hanna’s analysis is informed by this concept. For instance, if I write about Version 4 of the girdle (the girdle proclaimed by Arthur and Camelot as a mark of honor and fellowship), I could use Fish’s idea of interpretive communities (and how the interpretive assumptions of the community produces ‘the meaning’ of the girdle). Another example, when discussing Version 1 of the girdle (It’s Magic!) Hanna argues that the way we’ve experienced the text (our expectations about what’s important) jostle against this interpretation. Of course, you need to elaborate to explain how Hanna’s argument is grounded in the particular concept you’ve chosen.
In this section, I suggest that you pick one version of the girdle that Hanna discusses and see if you can find the connections between a theoretical concept in Reader Response and how Hanna makes his point.
3. Finally, take that very concept that you’ve been working with and apply it to another section/ detail/ episode/ character / symbol in the text. Here, you would see if you can work your own analysis of another textual element through the same conceptual lens that you’ve already identified in Hanna’s reading of the girdle.
More Notes on Hanna’s Article
If you paid attention in class, I suspect that this assignment should be rather easy at the level of generating content. However, it might still be challenging to write about a critic’s arguments and theoretical assumptions in a cogent way. So, stick to this three-part structure that I’ve given you.
Ideally, you should read over at least one or two of Hanna’s “Versions of the girdle” sections before deciding which is a. the best version to discuss and b. the theoretical concept from Iser or Fish to use.
Always keep in view the fact that Hanna’s “big argument” isn’t about ratifying one particular version of the girdle. Instead, it’s about re-framing the various “meanings” imputed to the girdle such that the difficult issue of interpretation itself is the subject at hand.
Option B: Howard (Structuralism applied to Sir Gawain)
This journal entry is based on Donald Howard’s article on the binary between the shield and the girdle in SGGK that we read as our example of structuralism in action (it’s pp. 106-116 in the Norton and we discussed this on Sep 2).
In this journal entry, you need to do three things:
1. Identify and explain ONE theoretical concept from structuralism. You can use Saussure (eg what are the two components that make up the sign? “The sign is arbitrary”; “The linear dimension of the sign” ) or Jakobson (“the substitutive” and the “combinative”; the binary categories that structure analysis). You should quote from the theorist and briefly explain and unpack the concept / feature of structuralism you’ve chosen. You could use Parker here to supplement some of the theory, especially if you’re focusing on the procedure of coding, finding categories, and the binary logic that governs structuralist frameworks.
2. Then, explain how a specific portion of Howard’s analysis is informed by this concept. For instance, if you’re interested in the “arbitrary” nature of of the sign, you might focus on how Howard (near his opening) argues for the relational significance between the girdle and shield. Or, if you’re interested in the way structuralism splits the sign into the “signifier” and “signified,” you can identify how Howard uses this logic in attributing “signifieds” to the girdle and shield that he then uses to analyze the narrative structure of the corresponding episodes.
3. Finally, try to apply the analytical approach that you’ve been commenting on to another episode or character that Howard hasn’t really touched on. For instance, do the binaries also apply to some of the characters like Queen Guinevere, Lady B., and Morgan le Fay? Are there other episodes that Howard hasn’t analyzed too deeply (eg correspondences between the seduction and the hunts) that could benefit from the binary structure between honor and dishonor that Howard sets-up?
Length Requirement
The entry needs to be at least 600-words long. (It’s an electronic submission so words can be counted easily. Plus, I have the superpower of knowing when a scriipt is short …). There’s no upper limit, so write on, if you wish: everything you write will be considered.
Short responses will be penalized by taking a percentage of the projected grade. EG, a 500 word entry that might have earned a 90 would earn (500/600 x 90) = 75. This is meant to be a deterrent, so meet the minimum!

Speech argumentative

See instructions.
Its very imortant that the speech follows the given order and is easy to understand for a 13 yeaars old. No hard words and meanings.

close reading Chapter 1 from The Handmaid’s Tale

Some hints on things to look for:
Setting (both place and time)
Order of ideas…begins in vivid detail; ends in darkness.
Desire, sex, youth and freedom (excitement and possibility).
Irony (yearning; out of reach)
Remember to consider language, narrative (who’s telling the story and how it is being told), syntax (order of words), and literary devices and features.

Zoraida’s Flight: A Bid for Freedom or Betrayal? Discussion Topic

The author of The Law and Cervantes likens Zoraida to Marcela: “Like Marcela, Zoraida is a very independent and strong-willed young woman–she too wants her freedom. Her conversion to Christianity and flight with the captive has led her to betray her own father, Agi Morato.” Do you agree with Zoraida’s decisions with regard to her father? Use specific evidence from the novel, and include an analysis of specific words and or lines. Also be sure to include a rebuttal of the opposing view.

Chapter 8

Please write your reflections for Chapter 8, and what you have learned from the reading. The book where chapter come from is How to write a Master’s Thesis by Yvonne N. Bul

Poem ‘Out, Out—’ By Robert Frost

Purpose:
This is a response writing assignment, where you will analyze and reflect on one of the poems that we’ve read so far this semester. Remember that this is your own interpretation of the poem, and any interpretation is fine as long as it’s backed up by the text. Outside sources aren’t necessary for this essay but you may use them to help in your analysis. Below are assignment details to guide you.

Goals:
Produce a clearly organized essay that interprets and analyzes a poem for meaning and at least one poetic element (diction, tone, form, narrative, imagery, metaphor, theme, motif, etc.).
Generate a clear thesis statement about the poem’s meaning and/or poetic elements.
Use textual evidence from the poem to back up your points.
Revise and edit to achieve a clear rhetorical purpose and to meet audience needs.
Learn the standards of MLA formatting.

Assignment: Overview
Introduction: First, choose a poem that we’ve read so far that you want to respond to. You will introduce the poem and author to the audience and give them enough context to set up your analysis. You can include relevant background information about the author, when the poem was published, and the major theme(s) of the poem. Assume that your audience hasn’t read the poem you are analyzing. Your introduction should also include a clear thesis statement about what your interpretation of the poem’s meaning is.

Analyzation: What is your interpretation of the poem? What meaning do you draw from it? Remember to use textual evidence by quoting lines from the text. Moreover, examine how the author conveys that meaning in the poem. Maybe it’s how they use language, maybe it’s the form the poem takes, maybe it’s the images, etc. List and explain at least one poetic element of the poem (ex: diction, imagery, narrative, tone, form, etc.) that enhance the meaning.

Purpose: Next, analyze why the author wrote this poem. Put yourself in the author’s shoes. What do you think the author’s purpose in writing the poem was? Was it to inform, inspire, teach? Is there a moral, philosophical, social, or political issue they are trying to tackle? Does the time-period that the author wrote the poem inform the content? You can pick more than one of these to tackle. Explain why you think this.

Conclusion: Lastly, conclude your essay by summarizing your main points and then take it a step further by answering some of the following questions: is this poem relevant to us today? How so? What might a reader learn from this poem? And lastly, how do you connect with it?

Length: ~750 words

Formatting: This essay should be formatted as a formal essay according to MLA standards. Include a Works Cited page with a citation for the poem and any outside sources you used.
Grading Rubric:
The introduction gives proper context to the poem, includes a thesis statement, and forecasts the direction of the essay (10 points)
The thesis statement is clear and talks the poems meaning and/or poetic elements (10 points)
The author includes thorough analyzation and interpretation of the poem’s meaning (20 points)
The author uses evidence from the text to support their analyzation (10 points)
The author talks about the author’s purpose for writing the poem (10 points)
The conclusion brings closure to the essay and takes it one step further (10 points)
The essay is coherent and well organized (10 points)
The essay shows evidence of proofreading for spelling, grammar, and syntax (10 points)
The author uses MLA formatting and includes a Works Cited page (10 points)

Writer’s Choice

After reviewing the lesson on Folktales, write a paragraph about a particular folktale you remember from your childhood. What was the premise of the folktale? DO you believe that there is any truth to folktales? Why or why not? Why do you believe that folktale continue to be passed down from one generation to the next?

Reflection

1. Read the “A wife for my son” article on page 55.
2. write two paragraphs:
A. the first paragraph write what the story is about
B. the second paragraph write what you think about the story

Reflection

1. Read the “A wife for my son” article on page 55.
2. write two paragraphs:
A. the first paragraph write what the story is about
B. the second paragraph write what you think about the story