Assignment 4: Writing Across Disciplines

This assignment should be completed during Lesson 10. You should submit the final version of your assignment prior to starting Lesson 11.

Description
As you continue to work on your writing assignment, please submit your work to the Writing Center in Smarthinking for feedback. This will help you refine and revise your assignment for final submission. REMINDER: Each submission is considered one half hour of your 10 hours of tutoring.

Objectives
Describe how to narrow the focus of a topic in the humanities
Explain the type of documentation styles needed for the humanities
Assignment Overview
This article review examines the process of drafting, revising, and editing a literary analysis.

Deliverables
A paper (1,250 words)
As you continue to work on your writing assignment, please submit your work to the Writing Center in Smarthinking for feedback. This will help you refine and revise your assignment for final submission. REMINDER: Each submission is considered one half hour of your 10 hours of tutoring.
Step 1

Read the poem and its related content.

Go to http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172264 (opens an external site) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. in order to read “Ex-Basketball Player” by John Updike. Note that the “About this Poem” contains other information that may be helpful to you in this assignment.

Step 2

Select a question and identify words, images, or aspects of the poem that support your answers.

Choose one of the questions below as a starting point for your literary analysis of this poem. List your answers and provide evidence from the poem to support your ideas.

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Does the poem’s speaker pity or admire Flick? Are readers meant to pity or admire Flick?
Does Flick belong in the scenes where the speaker describes him? If so, why? If not, what effect does that have on the poem’s meaning?
Why does the speaker describe Flick’s hands so often, and what does this series of images mean?
Step 3

Write a literary response.

Using the prewriting you completed in the previous step, write paper that fully explores the question you selected above. Incorporate evidence from the poem in your analysis. If you consult any other sources or critical analyses for this paper, be sure to cite their words and ideas using MLA documentation style. For an example of a literary analysis, refer back to your course materials.