Read “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in the course textbook). Reflect and respond to the story by selecting 3-4 major ideas from the story. For each main point that you select, support that point with quotes from the story, and then share your analysis of how and why the main point and evidence/quotes/examples fit together.
Your submission should look something like this:
Topic Sentence: Character X is important because…
Cited Evidence: We see Character X fulfilling this role when he says “so and so” (Marquez, year, page or paragraph number).
Analysis: By making that statement, Character X becomes a major figure in the story because he is so and so…
This format is our basic academic paragraph, and we’ll use this format throughout the course for all assignments. Once you complete this process, look at the paragraph outlines and ask: what is the overarching theme of all of these main points? How do they tie together? Once you answer this question, write a thesis that demonstrates your overarching point—the point evidenced by your 3-4 body paragraphs.
You’ll return to this format in Week 5 to draft your thesis and first paragraphs for your final Portfolio, so really pay attention to the process of constructing those body paragraphs, then using those paragraph outlines to define and craft your thesis.
Remember that reader-response paragraphs are less formal than other types of academic writing. However, as we are working to master APA academic writing, please do not use first person, so no “I” in these paragraphs or in the thesis.
You may also choose to write from one of the following prompts:
For a successful Critical Thinking Assignment, you must:
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