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English III Spring Assignment
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Due Dates

Thesis and Proposal due

Blue: Monday, March 17th

Gold: Tuesday, March 18th

Draft of Introduction and Secondary Sources due

Blue: Monday, March 24th

Gold: Tuesday, March 25th

Two (2) copies of your rough draft due

**Complete with quotations, parenthetical citations, and a Works Cited page**

Blue: Wednesday, April 9th

Gold: Thursday, April 10th

Final Draft with accompanying materials

**Due at the beginning of class**

** even if you are physically absent, final draft must be turned in to Mr. Santos at beginning of class**

**papers cannot be turned in via email**

Blue: Tuesday, April 15th

Gold: Wednesday, April 16th


Paper Criteria

3 pages minumum, 5 pages maximum, not including Works Cited page

MLA format for page-set up, quotation use, citing, and the Works Cited page as delineated in MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

 Adherence to MLA format is worth 25% of total grade.



Modernism has been created, questioned, defined, and exemplified, throughout the 20th Century of American Literature in many ways.  Your research should focus on how American Literature has created, defined, exemplified, new ways of thought and writing.  Focus on the history and characteristics of modernism and how they are represented in American Literature.  Your work should include, as evidence, The Great Gatsby, two other literary works we have read in class and two additional critical analyses from the NDHS Library Databases



What do I need to do?

Choose 2 literary works from the list below:

  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  • True Grit by Charles Portis
  • “General History of Virginia” by John Smith
  • “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford
  •  “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards
  • “The Crisis” by Thomas Paine
  • “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
  • “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau
  • “Self-Reliance” by R. W. Emerson
  • “The Gettysburg Address” by A. Lincoln
  • “An Episode of War” by Stephen Crane
  • “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by A. Bierce
  •  “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman
  • “To Build a Fire” by Jack London

Find something IN COMMON among all three works so that they are linked together in your analysis.

Find two additional critical analyses to use for support. Use only the literary journals available to you through NDHS Library databases.

(TOTAL: 2 critical analyses+3 literary works in the Works Cited)


What Is Modernism?

"a general term applied retrospectively to the wide range of experimental and avant-garde trends in the literature (and other arts) of the early 20th century.... Modernist literature is characterized chiefly by a rejection of 19th-century traditions and of their consensus between author and reader: conventions of realism ... or traditional meter. Modernist writers tended to see themselves as an avant-garde disengaged from bourgeois values, and disturbed their readers by adopting complex and difficult new forms and styles. In fiction, the accepted continuity of chronological development was upset by Joseph Conrad, Marcel Proust, and William Faulkner, while James Joyce and Virginia Woolf attempted new ways of tracing the flow of characters' thoughts in their stream-of-consciousness styles. In poetry, Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot replaced the logical exposition of thoughts with collages of fragmentary images and complex allusions..... Modernist writing is predominantly cosmopolitan, and often expresses a sense of urban cultural dislocation, along with an awareness of new anthropological and psychological theories. Its favoured techniques of juxtaposition and multiple point of view challenge the reader to reestablish a coherence of meaning from fragmentary forms."

(Chris Baldick, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms [New York: Oxford University Press, 1991], s.v.)


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