English 1 ‑ MEEKS

(Due June 22)


Buy your books as soon as possible so you don’t get behind.  A six-week course is fast and furious. 75 Readings Plus 7th Edition (an older edition) is on reserve in the library if, for any reason, you can’t buy the book right away. To truly keep up, though, you’ll need the newer 9th edition.


For all the homework below, type, double-space, and proofread your answers.  Your grade will be based on how readable and complete your answers are.


1)  After buying the books, read in 75 Readings Plus, the first chapter, “Narration” (pages 1-2) and read the essay, “Salvation” (page 10).  Consider the questions after the essay because I’ll be putting you in a group to answer a few questions in front of the class.


2)  In 75 Readings Plus, read the opening pages of the second chapter, “Description” (pages 47-49).


3)  Start reading Water for Elephants. You’ll be reading about 63 pages a day starting on Tuesday, so this is a chance to get ahead.


4)  Read about comma use in A Writer’s Reference (pages 259-271), so that you understand the basic rules of commas.  You will have a quiz on comma use next week.

5) Bring 75 Readings Plus to class (and every class--so that you can do work in class instead of as homework.)


Homework Assistance: Assistance with class assignments is available in the Humanities Tutoring Center in Dresher Hall 313.  The appointment desk is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The latest appointment will be from 6 to 7 on various evenings.  While the majority of tutoring is by appointment, students may be able to get help on a drop-in basis.

As Joyce Cheney, the head of the Center, says, “You can get assistance with brainstorming topics and making outlines, wording thesis and topic sentences, improving introductions and conclusions, working on the body, analyzing literature, using the Internet for research, documenting sources, and completing grammar workbook exercise.  Since we like to encourage students to do their own grammar checks and proofreading, tutors can answer students' grammar questions and explain grammar rules and concepts. Students do need to circle the grammar areas of concern in their papers before coming to the tutoring session.

“For international students, we offer conversation groups that meet at the same time every week for one hour; these groups begin in Week Two.”



English 1 ‑ MEEKS

(Due June 23)


1)   Begin Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and read the Prologue through Chapter 4 (page 63). Underline similes, metaphors, and anything you find interesting.  Note anything that is funny or particularly truthful to you. Please answer the following questions:


a)    What’s your reaction to the book so far, and how would you rate it with other novels you’ve read?


b)   Why do you think there’s a prologue? Few books have prologues, and so what do you think the purpose of this one is?


c)    What do you think of the chapters alternating between old Jacob and young Jacob? How does the older man enhance the story of the time when he was younger and in the circus?


2)   In A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker, please read the following sections:

 Also glance at the sample MLA research paper at the end of the MLA chapter and note how in-text citations are used and how full citations appear in alphabetical order, double-spaced, and indented on the Works Cited page.  Your research paper toward the end of the semester must look just like this.  (If it’s not, you’ll lose points.) 


3) Answer the following questions:


a)    List A Writer’s Reference, Water for Elephants and The Year of the Flood as if they were three items on a Works Cited page.  (Read in A Writer’s Reference carefully how a Works Cited page should look.)

b)   When do you need to include an in-text citation?

c)    How do you define plagiarism?

NOTE ABOUT HOMEWORK: Please write your name and the number of the homework assignment in the upper left corner of your papers.  This, for instance, is “Homework #2.”  Double-space.



English 1 ‑ MEEKS

(Due June 24)


1)   In 75 Readings Plus, read Chapter 3 (85-86) and answer the following questions:


a)    What is a “process analysis” essay, what’s its purpose, and how are they usually developed?


b)   This textbook, being a college textbook, may be using words you are not used to seeing.  If you don’t recognize a word, it’s best to underline it, then look it up in a dictionary later, then try to make sense of it again in the sentence.  Explain the following words used in the essay: fresco, recondite, alacrity.


2)   In Water for Elephants, please read through Chapter 9 (page 127). Keep highlighting sentences that interest you or that you have questions on. Please answer the following questions:


a)    After Jacob puts Silver Star down, August talks with him about the reality of the circus. "The whole thing's illusion, Jacob," he says, "and there's nothing wrong with that. It's what people want from us. It's what they expect" (104). How does Gruen contrast the worlds of reality and illusion in the novel? Is there anything wrong with pandering to people's need for illusion?


b)   Why do we crave the illusions that not only the circus represents, but so do books and movies?


3) Add or subtract commas in a Comma Worksheet #1, which you can get and print out by clicking here.



NOTE ABOUT HOMEWORK: Please write your name and the number of the homework assignment in the upper left corner of your papers.  This, for instance, is “Homework #3”.  Double-space.