In this class, students were asked to complete talking points, journal entries, a midterm essay, and a final essay.
Students are expected to write one paragraph about each week's readings or films. These will be the basis of in-class discussion.
The purpose of the journal is to keep a written record of your immediate reaction to the assigned readings, films, and discussions. By collecting your own thoughts about a topic or film before class discussions, the journal should help you to better formulate your ideas and articulate your opinions in class. The journal can also serve as material for writing and revising your paper later in the semester. Entries should combine both your emotional and intellectual responses to the texts or films, as well as providing the opportunity to experiment with different readings and literary methodologies. Journals are not the same as book reports, movie reviews or plot synopses.
The purpose of a juxtaposition of texts is that it provides a context in which to further explore one written or visual work in relationship to another and draw some limited conclusions about each with respect to a specific issue found in both.
Using Sandra Cisneros' historical novel Caramelo, and any other assigned novel or film covered thus far in this class, explore one of the following topics:
Your essay should be 4-5 pages, double-spaced, standard font, spell-checked and proofread. It should include a Works Consulted page (which should contain your two primary sources as well as any secondary—Internet—sources you may have used, even if you do not directly quote them).
You should avoid long plot summaries, instead referring to specific episodes or moments that best illustrate your point whenever possible, just as you should not include lengthy set-off quotes, but opt instead for "key phrases" judiciously employed, i.e., when you want to draw attention to the precise way something is said or to the writing itself.
The final paper provides the opportunity to further research, write about and give a presentation on a topic of your own choice related to any of the writers, texts, or films assigned throughout the semester. You may choose to look in greater depth at any of the topics we have examined or you may propose a topic that has interested you and that exists in several of the works in question. In general, you should include in your examination at least three primary sources (memoirs, novels, films—at least one of which must be a book-length written text from the second half of the semester). If you wish to include a text that we haven't read (such as one of Allende's fiction works, or the sequel to Santiago's memoir), you can write on fewer works (in consultation with me).
As a first step, write a paragraph outlining concisely what your proposed topic is, what primary sources you will use and the title and author of at least one secondary source you have found (or the topic you will be seeking further information on). Acceptable secondary sources are articles, analyses or essays (and in some cases documentary film) that provide commentary on either specific texts, writers or Latina literature broadly defined (not internet text summaries or book reviews). It also helps to give your project a working title (which may or may not change for the final version) that points clearly to what you will be discussing.
Some types of issues that you might develop a topic around are: