ENGL 214

Essay #2 due Monday, November 27, 2023 (5-6 pages--1250-1500 words)

annotated article and outline (5% and due November 17)

essay (25%) 

In this essay, you will write a formal research essay about Farley Mowat's Never Cry Wolf or a comparison between 2 poems. However, I will provide the single online article necessary for your research. The purpose of this assignment is to teach you how to read critical material and incorporate it effectively into your own work. This is the premise of academic writing, and we will spend significant class time on the subject. You will undertake more complex research essays next semester in ENGL 215. Please follow MLA format. You may also follow this ESSAY RUBRIC to ensure you are fulfilling the assignment's requirements. 

 

You will also be required to annotate the article, and prepare an outline of your thesis and topic sentences.These will be uploaded to Moodle in the Essays and Assignments section by November 17.

Your outline should contain the following:

 

Sparknotes or other study guides are not critical sources. Although they are sometimes useful for plot summaries, their critical analyses are weak, and you should not rely on them for your interpretation of the text. To avoid plagiarism, any ideas or words you use from such guides must be documented. This includes plot summaries. 

Your essay will be uploaded to Turnitin via our Moodle site once you have signed the Academic Integrity Agreement. You may upload your essay as many times as you wish before the due date.  If you have any questions or concerns about the process, or the generated report, please talk to me. Turnitin is a tool for both you and me to ensure that all students act with integrity and submit original work. This not only makes the grading system fair for all students, it safeguards the value of your degree from King's. 

 

Choose one of the following topics:

1.  In the Book of Genesis, "God said, 'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth'" (Gen.1.26). Discuss Never Cry Wolf as a book about ecology and our responsibility to Nature. Some points to consider: How does the book affect our perceptions of the wolves as "killers" and the "empty" Canadian north? How does he compare the Canadian government's attitutde towards Nature to his own? Why does he anthropomorphize the wolves in the book


Mohammad Shaaban Ahmad Deyab, An Ecocritical Reading of Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf

 

2. In the Preface, Mowat says, "it is my practice never to allow facts to interfere with truth and because I believe that humour has its vital place even within the austere purlieus of science" (x). Discuss the process by which Mowat debunks the myths about wolves, both as a scientist and an (unreliable) narrator. You could follow the plot and Mowat's methods chronologically, or you could select 4-6 key scenes and discuss them in detail. Points to consider: How does his narrative change your perception of the wolf community and the Canadian North by the end of the book? Do you read the book as fiction or non-fiction? Important scenes may include descriptions government's incompetence, and descriptions of George's family. 

Mohammad Shaaban Ahmad Deyab, An Ecocritical Reading of Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf

3. Discuss the depiction of the indigenous community in the book. How does it affect your interpretation of Mowat's desire to understand the wolves? Is he accepting of their knowledge? Does Mowat's desire to settle the North with "Canadians" rather than allow foerign countries to explore and exploit Canada ignore the sovereignty of the Inuit? 

  Johnson, Brian. “National Species: Ecology, Allegory, and Indigeneity in the Wolf Stories of Roberts, Seton, and Mowat.” Other Selves: Animals in the Canadian Literary Imagination, edited by Janice Fiamengo, University of Ottawa Press, 2007, pp. 333–352

4. Discuss Blake’s ambiguous depiction of Christianity in the two “The Chimney Sweeper” poems. Do you think Blake is being critical of Christianity, or ironic?

Lamont, Claire. "Blake, Lamb and the Chimney-Sweeper.” Charles Lamb Bulletin: The Lamb Society Journal, vol. 76, Oct. 1991, pp. 109–23

5. Discuss the Christianity imagery in"The Soldier" and "Anthem for Doomed Youth." Specifically, do a close reading of the sonnets and examine how the Christian imagery relates to the poems' themes. For example, you may examine Brooke’s conviction that soldiers lie under an “English heaven.” Similarly, how does Owen employ Christian imagery to dignify the soldiers' deaths?

Yousef, Nisreen T. “Rupert Brooke’s ‘The Soldier’ Revisited: A New Perspective.” International Journal of Arabic-English Studies (IJAES), vol. 22, no. 1, Jan. 2022, pp. 125–42.

 

6. Discuss the role of the voyeur and our fascincation with pain and suffering in Plath’s “Lady Lazarus.” How do the speaker’s relationships with her various audiences draw attention to her pain? Does she turn a position of vulnerability into a position of power? Be aware that we may not have studied this poem in detail before the essay due date.

Narbeshuber, L. "The Poetics of Torture: The Spectacle of Sylvia Plath’s Poetry." Canadian Review of American Studies, [s. l.], v. 34, n. 2, p. 185–203, 2004.

 

DEADLINES   

All grades will be assigned using The King's University alpha scale below (A+ - F). You will upload your essay to Turnitin by the designated due date.

 

Late paper assessment will follow standard Department of English late policy: one alpha grade-step deduction per day (excluding 12am to 11:59pm on Sundays and statutory holidays) to a maximum of five steps. If extenuating circumstances arise, contact your instructor in writing to arrange a plan for completion of the paper. Unless a written extension has been granted in advance, essays will not be accepted more than TWO weeks past the due date, and no assignments can be accepted after the last day of classes. A request for an extension on the due date will still result in a deduction of marks.  The research essay must be submitted to qualify for the final exam. Please note that although late marks are not deducted for Sunday, you will still lose marks if the essay is not submitted on the weekend. For example, if the essay is due Friday, it will lose two grade points if it is submitted Monday.

 

Designator

Percentage

Letter Grade

GPA

Excellent

90-100

86-89

82-85

A+

A

A-

4.0

4.0

3.7

Good

78-81

74-77

70-73

B+

B

B-

3.3

3.0

2.7

Satisfactory

66-69

62-65

58-61

C+

C

C-

2.3

2.0

1.7

Poor

54-57

D+

1.3

Minimal Pass

50-53

D

1.0

Failure

0-49

F

0.0

 

DEADLINES   

All grades will be assigned using The King's University alpha scale below (A+ - F). Please make copies of your assignments before submission. Keep all assignments in electronic form (on file or on usb) until the semester is over and you have received your official final grade. 

Your essay is due at 11:59pm on the due date, and will be uploaded via Moodle and Turnitin. Late paper assessment will follow standard Department of English late policy: one alpha grade-step deduction per day (excluding 12am to 11:59pm on Sundays and statutory holidays) to a maximum of five steps. If extenuating circumstances arise, contact your instructor in writing to arrange a plan for completion of the paper. Unless a written extension has been granted in advance, essays will not be accepted more than TWO weeks past the due date, and no assignments can be accepted after the last day of classes. BOTH essays must be completed to qualify for the final exam.

 

All grades will be assigned using The King's University alpha scale below (A+ - F). You will upload your essay to Turnitin by the designated due date.

Please note that although late marks are not deducted for Sunday, you will still lose marks if the essay is not submitted on the weekend. For example, if the essay is due Friday, it will lose two grade points if it is submitted Monday.

 

Designator Percentage Letter Grade GPA

Excellent

90-100

86-89

82-85

A+

A

A-

4.0

4.0

3.7

Good

78-81

74-77

70-73

B+

B

B-

3.3

3.0

2.7

Satisfactory

66-69

62-65

58-61

C+

C

C-

2.3

2.0

1.7

Poor

54-57

D+

1.3

Minimal Pass

50-53

D

1.0

Failure

0-49

F

0.0

 

This link leads to my list of marking symbols when I grade your assignments. 

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY
Academic integrity measures will be used in this course, including screening all essays for originality through Turnitin. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence with potentially disastrous consequences, and I intend to hold you to the highest academic standards. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University policies regarding scholarly ethics and academic integrity (see current King's calendar).


The University disciplinary code defines the following as offenses. Committing these or aiding another student in committing these is academic misconduct.

Cheating includes: obtaining or providing information or material from or to others during an exam; allowing another student to observe answers during an exam; or possessing or attempting to acquire or distribute unauthorized material relating to an exam.

Plagiarism includes: representing another's work in whole or in part as one's own in an exam or paper, knowingly including a false statement or reference as if it were true, or submission by the student of the work prepared for a different course without the express consent of the instructor. Keep these key examples of plagiarism in mind:

Other offenses are: tampering or attempting to tamper with examinations, class work, grades or class records; failure to abide by instructor directions regarding the individuality of work; impersonation of another student in an examination or other class assignment; falsification or fabrication of lab reports; the non-authorized recording of lectures; failure to obtain approval, permission, or to otherwise follow procedures, as required by the University as outlined in the University Calendar.

The first occurrence of academic dishonesty in any course results in a zero for the assignment, test, or exam; the second case in any course results in a zero for the course; and the third case in any course results in academic suspension. Occurrences of academic dishonesty will also be noted on the student’s academic record. For more information see the King’s Calendar.

Academic integrity applies to every aspect of the classroom – from testing to our relationship with peers. Major assignments will be vetted by Turnitin; students will also sign and submit an Academic Integrity Agreement detailing our shared understanding of professional practices and conduct.

***Please (PLEASE!) discuss with me any concerns you may have regarding your research or other matters. I will also address plagiarism and proper citation methods throughout the semester, and post information on our website.

The University's position on AI:

Given the fast changing nature of generative AI and its recent public introduction, university and classroom policies and practices will quickly evolve. Flexibility will be required of all students and faculty in these early days of new technology. With this in mind, The King’s University holds its faculty and students to high standard for academic integrity. Learning to use sources well is not only an important part of scholarship, but also a reflection of our core commitment to credit the resources we consult while doing our work. Remember to cite every source that provides you with anything that is not common knowledge, or that you did not discover on your own.

We encourage discussions about how to use generative AI responsibly in the service of learning, keeping in mind that the use of uncited generative artificial intelligence programs in the production of submitted student work is considered plagiarism under university policy.

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORTS


Centre for Teaching & Learning

• Learning Specialists provide direct support to students to help them succeed. The specialist will work with students individually or in groups to identify ways students can improve academically. Learning Specialist are available to meet with students in the following areas.
• Writing support, researching, creating, and editing a successful university paper.
• Time management, organization, and research methods that employs intentional critical thinking skills to articulate and attain personal & educational learning goals.
• Digital Technology support creates confidence, literacy, and skills to apply ethical and efficient problem solving, task completion, and effective adaptability to new and emerging technology.
• Presentation Methods teaches speaking and presentation skills to connect class outcomes to learning beyond the classroom.
• Health & Wellness support examines the relationships between health and wellness and the accomplishment of life goals while exhibiting and promoting behaviors that advance a healthy
community at TKU.
• General Academic Support, which may include notetaking, how to read academic textbooks and test taking skills.


Looking to book an appointment or more information? Contact kristin.lemke@kingsu.ca


Career and Vocational Counselling

The Centre for Career and Calling helps students discern God’s call for their lives. It equips them to understand themselves, make meaning of their experiences, and explore pathways to purposeful work in service of a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Find out more about services as well as the link to make an appointment with Witty Sandle, the Career and Vocational Counsellor on the King’s website under Student Services.


Mental Health Supports
Counselling Services: Available Monday-Friday. Book a free, confidential appt online through
kingsu.janeapp.com. Rm A142
Wellness Room: N112. Open with your ID card if locked.
Prayer Room: L117.
Spiritual Mentor and Life Coach: Bob Foo (Robert.Foo@kingsu.ca)
Work Out Center: 7 am—11 pm G106
Check out the King’s website, visit the Student Life office or email slo@kingsu.ca for more support information.
If you are in need of immediate mental health support after campus hours, please phone Access 24/7 at 780-424-2424.
To find more Edmonton area support services visit ab.211.ca

 

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