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Major Paper #2
Analysis and Critique of an Internet Source on Short Fiction
In a 1,200- to 1,500-word paper (about four to five pages in addition to a works cited page), examine the ways in which a free Internet source such as SparkNotes, Wikipedia, or Shmoop is problematic in its analysis of one of the short stories in the “Texts” section below. Identify and explain the specific ways in which the source is insufficient, disorganized, incoherent, unsupported, undocumented, unconvincing, and/or contrary to your own analysis of the story. You may discuss the source’s merits, but you should focus on critiquing the source’s analytical shortcomings from your perspective.
Write your paper to an academic audience (e.g. your classmates and instructor) who has read the short story but not necessarily the Internet source you have selected. Use textual evidence from both your Internet source and the short story itself. You may include other sources as well, but be sure to focus on your critique of the Internet source.
- “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
- “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway
- “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie
- “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver
- “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid
- “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
- “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros
- “The House of Asterion” by Jorge Luis Borges
Student Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes for this library session include:
2. CRAAP Test: Evaluate quality, relevance, and / or perspective of a source.
3. Citing Sources: Use information responsibly.