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Harvard Extension School Expo E-25; Section 8 (7:45PM-9:45PM). Instructor: Julie Anne McNary Please check your Elluminate Audio Wizard We will begin at 7:45PM. Expository Writing E25: Introduction to Academic Writing and Critical Reading Analyzing the Short Story.

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Harvard Extension SchoolExpo E-25; Section 8 (7:45PM-9:45PM)

Instructor: Julie Anne McNary

Please check your Elluminate Audio Wizard

We will begin at 7:45PM.

Expository Writing E25: Introduction to Academic Writing and Critical ReadingAnalyzing the Short Story

Online WebConference Via Elluminate SoftwareWebsite: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k64023Elluminate Room:https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007009&password=M.3163A85F45E3980D9A1F3875B7EED6


  • FINAL Draft – due Wednesday night at Midnight, or Friday at Midnight, your choice – Last issues.

  • Essay #2 – Comparison and Contrast Essay

    • Introduction to the Assignment

    • In-class writing assignment clustering

  • Assignment of Exercises 2.1 and 2.2 (due Friday night, October 30): 2.1 Brainstorming and 2.2 Outline

  • Early Release so you can go work yourselves to the bone…or whatever.

Our Book and Chapters

  • ISBN #0-321-47583-6

  • Chapters we’ve read so far:

    • 1: Reading a Story

    • 2. Point of View

    • 3. Character

    • 4. Setting

    • 5. Tone and Style

    • 6. Theme

    • 13. Writing about A Story

    • 7. Symbol

    • 8. Evaluating a Story

Questions about your Final Draft

Technical Issues

Proof-reading on two levels


MLA documentation:


A & P

Teenage Wasteland

How to Talk to a Hunter

Sonny’s Blues

Roman Fever

The Girl on the Plane

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Until Gwen (new)

Hills like White Elephants

The Lottery

The Open Boat

Miss Brill


Rich Brother

The Storm

To Build A Fire

The Greasy Lake

A Pair of Tickets

Lost in the Funhouse

The Things They Carried

Winter Dreams

Everything That Rises Must Converge (new)

Bigfoot Stole My Wife

The Stories for Essay #2

Graphic #1

Graphic #2

In Class Exercise 2.01

  • Twenty-five minutes…

  • First please consider one of the topic areas of study we have concentrated on in our text book: plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, etc.

  • Then, choose two stories that you feel are uniquely compelling examples of an author’s use of the above.

  • Examples:

    • Fear in The Things They Carried and Greasy Lake or Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

    • Setting in Roman Fever and The Storm;

    • Body Language in Teenage Wasteland and A&P

    • The use of the second person point of view in How to Talk to a Hunter and Until Gwen

    • Music in Sonny’s Blues and Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?

  • Prepare a list of three compelling examples of your topic from Story #1 and three from Story #2.

  • Answer the following questions: How do these examples relate to one another? How are they similar? how are they different? Does one author’s use of setting shed light on another’s? And if so how?

Overview of Essay #2

  • Websharing of Harvard’s Comparison and Contrast paper

Exercise 2.1 – Brainstorming, 10/30

  • Expand on your in-class exercise, or choose another one…

  • Include a list of several examples to compare and contrast – COLLECT YOUR DATA FIRST – ANALYZE THAT DATA, AND THEN CONSIDER YOUR ARGUMENT.

  • Consider if your examples are leading you toward a traditional comparison and contrast paper, or a keyhole (dominant lens) paper

  • Construct a loose introductory paragraph and thesis statement.

Exercise 2.2 – Outline, 10/30

  • In the manner in which you constructed Exercise 1.3, write a detailed outline of your Essay #2

  • Construct an introductory paragraph(s) in which you outline the source stories, and state your thesis

  • Outline each body paragraph in the manner we have laboriously discussed: topic sentence that states an analytical claim, evidence from the text, analysis thereof, transition to the next paragraph;

  • YOU MAY FOLLOW text by text format, or point by point – see How to Write a Comparative Analysis document on our website.

  • Construct a loose conclusion in which you open new vistas of analysis

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