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Beowulf Essay

955 words - 4 pages

Summer Assignment for AA Junior English 2009-10

Welcome to next year’s AA Junior English class! The class is as rigorous as it is enriching, in that it covers more than a thousand years of British literature and culture.

During the summer, you must read Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf and complete the assignments listed (including the 25 vocabulary words). Heaney’s translation is available at most bookstores, or you can order his version online (or ask a current AA Junior English student if you can buy his/her used copy). The ISBN is 0393320979. It has a black cover, with a picture of a head and shoulders covered in chain mail. No other version is acceptable!

DUE: Monday, ...view middle of the document...

You may use notes or text to help you and MUST include embedded quotes from the text to support/enhance your response.

DISCLAIMER: Remember while it is possible to misinterpret a piece of literature the good news is that there is more than one possible right answer. Your essay response is your view and understanding of the text as it relates to the prompt. The key is the use of the text as your evidence or proof that your response is correct. So while, in a sense, you are stating your opinion, you must state it authoritatively (so, NO use of “I think” or “I believe” or “In my opinion, etc.).

OUTSIDE RESEARCH: No outside research is required for this essay. However, if you feel the need to understand the era more thoroughly before you respond to a prompt, you may use the internet (or research a book at the library) and use it for background information. If you DO use outside research, make sure you properly document it and list it on the work cited page. NO SPARK NOTES SITES, CLIFF NOTES SITES, OR WIKI SITES!!!

GENERAL GUIDELINES:
• Your final draft MUST be typed, double-spaced with a standard 12 point font and proper MLA parenthetical citation and work cited page.
• Don’t forget the proper heading.
• Include a creative and relevant title.
• Do NOT use 1st person (I, me, we, us, our).
• Limit the use of passive voice (“is done by,” etc.).
• Include a clear thesis that states a distinct argument or stand addressing your chosen prompt.
• Include the Work Cited entry/entries on a separate page.
o For help on this: http://www2.mpsaz.org/rmhs/staff/rxkaminsky/aa_jr/mla_guide
(if you look carefully, you may find the actual Beowulf entries you need)
• Follow the standard expectations of the six-trait writing rubric.

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