Prior to writing your initial post, read Chapters 1 through 3 of Journey into Literature.

| March 31, 2017

Discussion 1
Prior to writing your initial post, read Chapters 1 through 3 of Journey into Literature.

Reflect: Chapter 1 of our text provides a number of reasons why people choose to explore literature. Clugston (2014) writes that there is “a powerful curiosity about human relationships and how to cope in the world in which we find ourselves” (Section 1.1, para. 2). The text gives a number of general motivations for reading, but it is helpful to put those motivations into context. Consider what your motivations are for reading.

Write: Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length, not including references. In your post, answer the following questions:

What does literature offer an individual?
How has the importance of reading changed from earlier eras (pre-digital/audio/visual media) to our present day? Do you think we read differently now than we did in prior generations?
Do you think Clugston’s quote is valid? How have perceptions regarding the value of literature changed, if at all?
What causes people’s perceptions regarding the value of literature to change?
Incorporate readings found in Chapters 1 through 3 to help illustrate the points you make.

Respond to Peers: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial posts. Each response should be at least 75 words in length and address two or more of the following points:

Do you agree with your classmates’ perspectives? Why, or why not? Be specific.
Ask a specific question to encourage further discussion on the topic.
Challenge your classmates’ interpretation of literature and/or point of view.
Do a small amount of research and share what you learn with your peers about the topic discussed in this post.

Discussionn 2
As we explored in the “Why Read Literature?” discussion, literature can provide us with a multitude of perspectives, ideas, and experiences. Additionally, there is a long tradition of critical reading and writing about literature (i.e., analyzing literature to seek a deeper understanding about various interests and concerns). Chapter 2 focuses on these ideas. Consider why people write and how that writing may benefit us.

Write: Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. The minimum word count does not include references. In your post, answer the following questions:

Why might a writer feel compelled to write about literature? How does it benefit us personally and/or professionally?
What kind of writing and thinking skills do you hope that you will develop in this course based on the description of writing about literature in Sections 1.1, 2.1, and 2.3 of the text?
Incorporate readings found in Chapters 1 through 3 to help illustrate the points you make.

Respond to Peers: Respond to at least two of your classmate’s initial posts. Each response should be at least 75 words in length and should address two or more of the following points:

Do you agree with your classmates’ perspectives? Why, or why not? Be specific.
Ask a specific question to encourage further discussion on the topic.
Challenge your classmates’ interpretation of literature and/or point of view.
Do a small amount of research and share what you learn with your peers about the topic discussed in this post.

Assignment

In Week Five of this course, you will submit a four- to five-page Literary Analysis in response to one of the topics from the approved List of Writing Prompts. This week, you will choose the topic you would like to explore, offer some information on what interests you about this topic, and supply a working thesis and key ideas you would like to develop. Though it might seem early to choose your topic, with only five weeks in the course, it is important to start early to best set yourself up for success.

After reviewing the list of prompts, choose one that you would like to explore. In addition, you should choose a literary work to discuss that relates to your topic of choice. The suggested literary works for each topic are listed beneath each prompt.

Once you have decided on a prompt and text, respond to the directives below using the Proposal for Final Paper Worksheet. Please make sure your document is double spaced. See the Sample Proposal for guidance.

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