Critical Connections and Discussion


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Process 1. Please open a document on your computer. This is where you will type and save your response

to this week’s critical connections assignment. 2. Please also use MLA format (including double-spacing). For information on this format, check

out the “MLA: General Format” page in your “MLA: Citations and Format” module. 3. At the end of your response, include the word count.

Directions Carefully review the “Introducing Critical Connections” video in the Week #2 module as well as the “Directions for Critical Connections” document and the “Guidelines for Writing about Literature” document on the “Critical Connections and Discussions” page before you attempt to complete this assignment. Here are several important reminders:

1. Cover the Whole Prompt: Thoroughly respond to all parts of the “Points to Address” section. 2. Support Your Claims: Remember that you are required to use direct textual evidence (i.e.,

quotations) from the works on which you are writing. You must quote, cite, and integrate properly. See #2-#4 on the “Directions for Critical Connections” document for details.

3. Write Formally: Follow all standards on the “Guidelines for Writing about Literature” document on the “Critical Connections and Discussions” page.

4. Follow Word Count: Your response to the below topic must be 600-1,000 words. 5. Polish: Proofread carefully – and aloud – so that you can submit your very best final product.



This week’s short stories reflect entirely distinct depictions of love, but as the plots develop, each pairing comes to a unique realization that sharing meaningful words and/or experiences can help them realize the deep-seated truths of their feelings or even be “stunned into reverence” (Chung).

Points to Address

1. Part One: First, select two characters from short stories assigned this week: one from Chung and one from Nelson. Compare and contrast the ways in which these characters communicate their love or lack thereof. Which specific words or actions help the characters express themselves? Which nonverbal cues do they use to provide greater insight into their thoughts and feelings? How does at least one symbol from each work reveal the characters’ emotional states? Direct evidence from the short stories will be necessary here; remember to use parenthetical citations (see the “Background” section for an example from one of this week’s texts) when you quote. Another Tip: Every time you quote from any of this week’s texts, your parenthetical citation will be placed at the end of the sentence in which you quote, and it will include only the last name of the author.



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2. Part Two: Next, select one character from this week’s reading who is either a window or mirror for you or for someone you know. You are not required to reveal personal information about yourself, but do please (a) include direct textual evidence from the relevant short story for support and (b) demonstrate your knowledge of the concept of windows and mirrors here.

Before submitting this assignment, please carefully read the below section:

Once you have finished this assignment, please • make sure that you have included the word count at the end of your response,

• make sure you have double-spaced and included your name on this document,

• save this document as a PDF, and

• upload the final version to Turnitin through Canvas before 8 p.m. on the due date noted in Canvas.

o This assignment must be submitted by the deadline; late submissions will not be accepted.

Need Help? Please check out the following resources for assistance with this assignment:

1. Week 2 module: “Critical Connections and Discussions” page a. “Directions for Critical Connections” document b. “Guidelines for Writing about Literature” document

2. Week 2 module: “Introducing Critical Connections!” video 3. MLA: Citations and Format module: “MLA General Format” page

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