My second semester first year writing students at the local community college are starting a new unit with me. They are going to be doing a literary analysis of a short story. They will be required to examine academic journal articles about the stories and or authors to respond to or to support their claims. I've broken this assignment down into chunks:
1. Read and annotate the short story.
2. Conduct research and write an annotated bibliography.
3. Re-Read and annotate the story- examine concepts discussed in the research.
4. Write the paper- revise, edit, submit
I have decided to do this entire sequence along with my students to better support them in their writing. We are finishing step one and starting step two tomorrow so yesterday I read and annotated "The Cask of Amontillado" which I will be showing them in class tomorrow.
Do you do assignments with your classes? How do you use your writing to help inform your students'?
As I progress I will keep you updated!
Thanks for reading,