Texts needed: Read Flannery O’Connor’s, “Misfit and the Mystery of Evil” & “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
Discussion board response: According to John Desmond, why can’t the Misfit tolerate the Grandmother’s touch? What do you think about his idea? Do you think there is textual evidence to support or weaken his argument? Why Can’t the Misfit Tolerate the Grandmother’s Touch?
Summarize Bandy’s critical essay. Do you agree with his assessment of the Grandmother’s character? Why or why not? Cite specific textual evidence to back up your argument and post your response to discussion board. You should use one of the “moves” from “They Say / I Say” in order to create your response. Please follow the instructions found on the attached assignment sheet, and upload your work as a Word document.
Now that you have read Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and read various authors’ interpretations of her work, I’d like for you to try out an exercise in responding critically to others’ opinions. We’ll do this using the handout titled “Useful Templates.”
What are “Useful Templates”? Many times, academic writing requires you to handle what “they” say—that is, other people’s opinions about a topic—along with what “you” say. It often sounds like this: Although researchers at Stanford claim that college-level reading is too difficult for the average teenager, I contend that they are mistaken. The “they” in this case are the Stanford Researchers, and you are saying something about what they’re saying (and, presumably, extending your ideas).
The handout “They Say / I Say Templates” gives you a quick look at standard methods used in academic writing, ranging from introducing other people’s ideas to inserting your own opinions. The developers of this handout (see acknowledgments on the handout itself) are calling these standard methods “templates.” The templates provide a skeleton for your own ideas, and you get to flesh it out.
For example, one template set is titled “Agreeing and disagreeing simultaneously.” One template from this set looks like this:
X is right that ___________, but she seems on more dubious ground when she claims that ______.
After you fleshed it out:
Kilbourne is right that advertising affects us far more than we realize, but she seems on more dubious ground when she claims that advertising is the equivalent of propaganda.
Okay, ready to give it a try? Here are the instructions…
Write a paragraph that summarizes Bandy’s ideas and refer to specific ideas he brings up. Use one template from “Capturing authorial action” in order to do this. Follow up with one template from “Explaining Quotations.” After summarizing his ideas, transition into your own ideas. Use one of the following template categories (this will depend on your level of agreement with her): “Disagreeing, with reasons”; “Agreeing—with a difference”; “Agreeing and Disagreeing simultaneously.”
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