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Assignment Instructions
Write a 500-750 word essay on one of the following topics.

1. Based on the
readings from weeks one and two, discuss the images of America the European
writers constructed to promote colonization and settlement. What kinds of
unique natural resources and environmental factors did they extol in their
accounts of the New World? Relate these images to natural resources and
environmental factors today.

2. Based on the
readings from weeks one and two, choose one passage written by one of the
authors we’ve read. Identify the author and the title of the work. Then analyze
the passage you chose in terms of its significance and historical impact. You
should explain why it was chosen, look at the details provided in the passage,
and explain in detail what the passage suggests about the work as a whole
including its value to American history as well as to American literature.
3. If there’s an aspect of the stories from these two weeks
that particularly interests you, you may choose your own topic, but you must
run it by me first to be sure it is headed in an analytical direction.
Your essay should be formatted in MLA style, including
double spacing throughout. All sources should be properly cited both in the
text and on a works cited page. As with most academic writing, this essay
should be written in third person. Please avoid both first person (I, we, our,
etc.) and second person (you, your).

In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name,
the professor’s name, the course name, and the due date for the assignment on
consecutive lines. Double space your information from your name onward, and
don’t forget a title. All papers should be in Times New Roman font with
12-point type with one-inch margins all the way around your paper. All
paragraph indentations should be indented five spaces (use the tab key) from
the left margin. All work is to be left justified. When quoting lines in
literature, please research the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or
poems.

You should use the online APUS library to look for scholarly
sources. Be careful that you don’t create a “cut and paste” paper of
information from your various sources. Your ideas are to be new and freshly
constructed. Also, take great care not to plagiarize.
Whatever topic you choose you will need a debatable thesis.
A thesis is not a fact, a quote, or a question. It is your position on the
topic. The reader already knows the story; you are to offer him a new
perspective based on your observations.
Since the reader is familiar with the story, summary is
unnecessary. Rather than tell him what happened, tell him what specific
portions of the story support your thesis.
The handout on “Literary Analysis” is a must for this aspect
of the paper.

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