We’ll discuss this in class for a few minutes tomorrow, but I wanted to give a quick sketch of things to keep in mind as you prepare your second post (due this Friday, 2/14). In order of importance:
- Ummm… Actually do the assignment, and do it on time.
- An alert student told me about a problem with posting from phone/pad, whereby post seems to be up but remains in draft. Two solutions: a) use a real computer to actually post and b) check the blog to see if your post shows up after you post.
- Analyze, don’t summarize:
- As in all literary criticism, assume your audience knows the plot and characters, so jump off from this point and show us something casual readers will have missed about the text.
- In other words, a good thesis says something a little “weird” about the text.
- Right-size your thesis: you have 400+ words, so find something small enough within the ocean of the novel to buoy yourself.
- Use evidence: the most brilliant argument will only convince us if you support it with a bit of citation/paraphrase. Most of you did this, but it bears repeating.
- Proofread: it’s an informal assignment, but in the spellcheck era, there should be good spelling and decently constructed sentences.