ENG 102: Writing Through Literature

T 8:00-9:00am, Th 8:00-10:15am, E265

Professor Jay Polish


Assignment # 3 — Narrative Essay on Ms. Marvel

For your third assignment, you will craft a narrative essay — in other words, a nonfiction story — that demonstrates your close reading and analysis of Ms. Marvel: Volume 1. Included in your narrative essay should be a close reading of one scene (or several related scenes) from Ms. Marvel. This close reading should demonstrate not only an understanding of what happens in the text: it should probe deeply into the text’s form (for example: how do the images and the fonts interact with the words that are written to create meaning?), its implications, and its nuances.

You will present this analysis in the form of a personalized (please do use “I” statements!), narrative essay. We will talk more about narrative essays in class, but for now, the Purdue OWL site has some good, concise information on the form: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/04/

Thursday, May 24th — Please post to the blog and bring a hard copy of your fan fic rough draft (you will be peer reviewing them with your classmates). Include not only your fan fic draft, but also please answer each of the following: What three things do you want to ask your peers about your work? What three things are your favorite about your fan fic? What three things are you unsure of?

Tuesday, May 29th —Leave comments for two of your classmates on their blog post draft: in these comments, please address the questions your classmates included about what they want to ask their peers, as well as addressing three things your peers are unsure of.

Thursday, May 31 — In addition to the final draft of your narrative essay, please also post your reflective artist’s statement. This statement must include thorough, thoughtful answers to the following questions:

Throughout this project, what did you learn? What you didn’t learn? How you can use what you learned in future classes or life experiences? Why did you choose the assignment format that you did and how do you think this helped you analyze the comic? How do you think you could have pushed your analysis even further? What rhetorical choices did you make in your analysis and how did these choices advance your analysis? How did the process of peer review push your analysis forward? If it didn’t, why not? What fresh rhetorical insights might you bring from this assignment into future classes or life experiences?

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