English 221: Contemporary Short Story
English 221: Contemporary Short Story Formal Response Guidelines As mentioned on your syllabus, every so often I will assign a “formal response.” This isn’t quite an essay, but more than a paragraph. Think of it as a mini essay of at least 2+ paragraphs. In your formal responses, you don’t need to worry about an intro or conclusion paragraph, but please do include the following: • topic sentences to open each paragraph • first topic sentence should likely include the story/author name • evidence from the text to support your claim/argument (in your TS) • quotes should be integrated with speaker tags and have a citation, e.g. The narrator says, “Margot met Robert on a Wednesday” (Roupenian). • explain your evidence—connect to your TS • thoroughly answer the question asked (or, if it is left open, thoroughly support the chosen topic) • provide a works cited page, even if you’re only citing the single story • Use proper MLA format. You have many resources available to you. A copied and pasted link is no format. Formal Response #1: “Cat Person” and #MeToo What can we learn about #MeToo by reading “Cat Person,” and how can learning about #MeToo help us understand “Cat Person” more completely? You should find an academically appropriate source/article on #MeToo (i.e. not BuzzFeed or Vice or similar websites). In other words, how does reading a story like “Cat Person” turn the #MeToo movement into something tangible rather than just an abstract, possibly nameless/faceless movement? (NOTE: I am not saying that it is abstract for all of us in this class, but it is for many in America). How does the story complicate how we might view the #MeToo movement? Do you think that the story would have gone viral had it not been published in the midst of the movement?