Week 1 Critical Analysis Syllabus

Assignment Instructions


1. Write a critical analysis of one of the assigned course syllabus readings from Weeks 1 or 2. An overview of approaches can be found here, but many are quite straightforward. Psychological, gender, sociological, biographical, and historical are all approaches that many use naturally in viewing a work. Whichever approach you choose, be sure to make the assigned readings your primary focus.

This is the reading :

  • Verse & Adverse

Citation: Heitman, Danny. “Verse & Adverse.” Humanities, vol. 35, no. 3, May/Jun2014, pp. 34-37. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=96376549&site=ehost-live&scope=site.


There is a 5-paragraph minimum requirement (an introduction w/ thesis, 3 or more body paragraphs, and a conclusion). Format in MLA style. Cite sources, both in-text and on the Works Cited page. The word count does not include formatting or Works Cited entries. Write in 3rd person. Avoid 1st person (I, we, our, etc.) and 2nd person (you, your).

In the upper left-hand corner, list your name, instructor’s name, course name and due date. Include a title. Double space lines and use one-inch margins around the paper. Use 12 Times New Roman font. Align left. Indent each paragraph 5 spaces. When quoting literature, research MLA citation standards for short stories, plays or poems.

All secondary sources must come from APUS library. Open web sources are not permitted. Do not create a “cut and paste” paper of information from various sources. Your ideas must be new and freshly constructed. Take great care not to plagiarize.

For all topics, create a debatable thesis (a thesis isn’t a fact, quote, or question). State your position on the topic. Present a new perspective on the assigned literature based on original observations.

Since the reader knows the story, avoid summary. Instead, focus on specific story elements that support your thesis.

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