ENGL250 (20F-C-ON_BBA4G) – The
Workplace In Fiction
Assignment #1: Comparative Essay
Due no later than 11:00 p.m. on Sunday of Unit 2 or as directed by your professor Worth 15% of nal grade
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Upon successful completion of this assignment, students will be able to
Write personal responses in reading ction Move from response writing to writing a critical essay
Use analysis of themes in two stories about work to nd deeper meaning in each and Write academically using literary texts as primary sources
Students are to write a comparative, critical essay analyzing two short stories, based on their personal responses to the texts and their own questions as critical readers.
1. Read the four short stories listed below:
a. A & P by John Updike
b. ABC Antidote by Ishmael Beah
c. A Doctor’s Visit by Anton Chekhov
d. Some Women by Alice Munro
2. Write a formal essay (1000 words, +/- 100 words) comparing the themes of
entrapment in any two of the stories.
a. The essay should contain a title page, introduction (thesis
statement), a body with careful and logical organization of
arguments and observations, and a conclusion.
b. Use APA style in formatting your essay.
c. Support your observations with quotations from the stories. Do
not cite or incorporate secondary sources; this is YOUR analysis,
not a summary of someone else’s.
3. The essay is to be based on your careful reading of the stories, your
personal response and critical thinking about them, with the intent to
discover deeper meaning in exploring and comparing these themes in two
rather than in reading only one story.
Suggested ways to approach this assignment:
After reading all four stories, choose the two that appeal to you most, or about which you see an interesting possible comparison.
Use free writing or mind mapping or even brief notes to explore your responses and reactions to the stories.
Do not censor your rst responses; let your feelings and thoughts ow.
Compose a list of questions about each story.
Write a rst draft of the essay, answering your own questions, if possible, and indicate where you have diculty answering the questions. This is at the heart of your analysis.
Continue to revise, with at least two more drafts, adding quotations from the stories and details of characterization, plot, and theme.
Write a nal draft in which you mostly eliminate the pronoun I in your writing but make your own judgements about the stories clear.
Indicate in the conclusion to the essay which story you prefer and why. Also state why you would (or would not) recommend this story about workplace to another reader.
(Re)write your introduction last, as it needs to reect the body of your work.
As you reread your last draft, be sure the thesis statement or main controlling idea in the essay is clear.
The following rubric indicates those areas you should be focusing on in preparing your assignment, and how the instructor will weigh these components relative to one another.
Activity/Competencies Demonstrated % of Final
1 Thinking and analysis (55%)
a. Presents a carefully thought out thesis statement /15
b. Questions posed and answered /15
c. Personal involvement as reader discussed /10
d. Appropriate quotations chosen /5
e. Examples used as illustration for main ideas /10
2 Communication (25%)
a. Uses language clearly and eectively /10
b. Information organized intelligently and
holistically(i.e. not simply answers to questions)
c. Proper introduction and conclusion to paper /5
3 Attention to Detail (20%)
a. APA format (title page, reference page) /5
b. Paragraphing (each paragraph with topic
sentence) and correct sentencing
c. Appropriate balance of details and ideas /5
Assignment Value (%): 15%