Fairy Tales Myths And Retellings Homework
This essay will focus on
an argument of your choice that centered on fairy tales, myths, and retellings.
You will get a chance to explore something about the topic that you are most
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specific tale types and trace their transformations in various media from oral
storytelling through print to film, television and popular culture;
furthermore, consider potential strategies for the reinterpretation and
rewriting of fairy tales as well as the importance of why these stories are
retold and what is gained in the retelling. You may also consider watching a
version of a fairy tale, myth, or retelling and exploring what makes the
and Writing Skills
Over the course of this
assignment, we will be focusing on a couple key academic reading and writing
skills, which you will use throughout your career as a student and which
constitute the basis of most scholarly writing. The first skill we are focusing
on is summarizing and citing sources, as both a
reading a writing skill. The vast majority of writing you will do for school is
text-based composition, meaning that you first read something and then respond
to it in writing. Gone are the writing prompts such as “what did you do over
summer break?” In higher education, scholars read articles and then respond to
them with their own ideas. And when they respond, they do so by referring back
to their original sources directly. For example, an academic writer may begin
an essay by citing a few articles and summarizing the arguments in those text.
She would then respond to those arguments with an opinion of her own. Of
course, the first step in that process is fully understanding the argument
developed in an article and then knowing how to correctly cite those ideas.
That is what we will do in this assignment.
The other reading and
writing skill we will be focusing on with this assignment is responding
with your own argument. As I discussed in the paragraphs above, academic
scholars do not write in a vacuum—their arguments are typically in response to
other arguments about the same topic. You will be doing exactly that for this
Now that you briefly
understand what we are doing with this assignment and why we are doing it, I
will now introduce to some guiding questions that may help you focus your
argument. This are of course only options, and you may decide to focus your
argument else where. Remember to consider the discussion this week while
focused your argument.
Why do we recycle these
stories over and over again? In what ways do they shape our expectations about
how stories work and how our own lives should unfold? What messages do they
suggest regarding gender, heroism, societal structure, and ethics? What happens
when our expectations are subverted or reinforced and what questions are raised
when old stories are retold today?
Don’t forget about our
discussion earlier in the week: .
The section below
outlines the specific requirement of this assignment.
The purpose of this
assignment is to:
1. Read and respond to a college-level text.
2. Compose college-level writing.
3. Produce an academic summary of an article.
4. Respond to a topic with an original argument.
This assignment will help
students meet the following objectives:
1. Analyze college-level/academic texts by critically evaluating
information and applying it to students’ own arguments as evidence.
2. Synthesize material from multiple texts to create and support
an argument in response to a prompt.
3. Create writing that is clear and concise.
Compose an essay, between
3-5 pages in length, which presents an argument focused on the topic of fairy
tales, myths, and retellings (keep in mind the
prompt asks you to narrow this idea down to a specific argument you can cover
in a short essay).
Your essay must also
include your argument focused on fairy tales, retellings, and myth. That
means you need a thesis and topic sentences which state your claim and reasons. You
also need support for your argument in the form of cited
material. Personal experience is optional to include as support.
o You are required to cite the texts you use in support.
o Your argument should include at least one counter-argument, or
point your opposition could raise, to which you respond with a refutation.
More Specifically, the
paper should have four paragraphs:
§ The essay should include a minimum of 5 paragraphs: an
introduction that ends with a thesis, 3 body paragraphs in PIEIE and a
§ Introduction should include background to the issue and end with
your clear thesis (answer to the prompt question)
§ Three body paragraphs should provide clear sub-claims (points)
or reasons why you think one way or the other and evidence from the sources
(quotes and paraphrases that are cited) to support your claims. Each paragraph
should follow the PIEIE structure (meaning there would be two quotes per body
§ Body paragraphs should be begin with a Point, provide two
examples from the articles/sources and explain each example
§ One of the body paragraphs should start with a counter
argument (in one sentence) right before the Point.
§ Your conclusion should restate the thesis and give the essay a
sense of finality
§ You must use a minimum of 2 of the sources we have read or you
have found on your own for support (all should be cited in MLA style)
Since you are citing the article, and possibly your own sources, don’t forget
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