Purpose: In this post, you will not only practice critical reading skills and u

    Purpose: In this post, you will not only practice critical reading skills and use what you’ve learned about literary themes to analyze creative non-fiction, but also you’ll apply the themes by writing a creative non-fiction work of your own. You’ll first identify one of our literary themes in a creative non-fiction essay. Then you’ll also employ that same theme in a creative non-fiction work of your own. This exercise will build your critical thinking skills as well as your creativity.
    Part 1: Choose ONE of the Creative Non-Fiction essays that we read in this submodule.
    Then briefly (2-3 sentences) identify how your chosen essay connects to one of the themes in the Themes in Literature page:
    The American Dream/Nightmare
    The Quest for Identity/Coming of Age
    Part 2: In 150-200 words, write your own original, personal Creative Non-Fiction narrative based on the same thesis or theme that you identified in the essay you chose above. Be creative and use this opportunity to connect events in your own life to an aspect of the work you chose above (For example, if you focused on the theme of nonconformity in this week’s reading, in your own narrative you might describe a time when you yourself did not conform.)
    Part 3: Respond to at least 2 of your classmates’ posts. At least one of your responses should be on an essay you did NOT write about. Your initial post should be well-written and meet all requirements, and your replies should be thoughtful and substantive.
    Grading Criteria:
    Your understanding and analysis of the literary theme you identified, as demonstrated by your short explanation.
    Your application of the same literary theme, as demonstrated by how you employ it in your creative non-fiction narrative.
    Your peer responses are substantive and thoughtful and advance the discussion by introducing new insights or perspectives, and/or significantly deepening or broadening the conversation with questions (Avoid generalized comments such as “good post” or “I agree”).
    Your use of language: your writing should be clear, well-organized, and free from spelling and grammar errors. The post represents your original thinking unless otherwise indicated.

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