Objective: The anthology paper is the capstone project of the course. You will construct a critical anthology of three (3) to five (5) poems and/or prose selections from our textbook organized around a specific theme relating to literature and/or culture. The anthology’s introduction is the main essay portion of this project (see below – 5 pages) and should state and explain the anthology’s theme, selection criterion, and how each entry contributes to the anthology’s theme. Themes might include the way the works portray gender, love and marriage, family, African Americans, the West, the South, modernism, naturalism, realism, oppression; the way the works challenge the prevailing norms (class or social structure) of the time they were written during; or the way the characters across the works demonstrate similar personalities or philosophical ideas or psychological issues.

Anthology topics must be submitted to me via the topic proposal Blackboard link.

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Anthology Paper Required Elements:

•   Title of your anthology. (This should appear as a separate title page.)

•   Table of Contents. List three to five texts, original publication dates and sources, authors as well as inclusive page numbers of the text from our anthology. (This should be its own page.)

•   Anthology Introduction (5 pages): This essay describes the theme and crafts an argument for its significance to the study of American literature. How does this theme or focus fit into the study of American literature? The introduction must also describe and explain the anthology’s selection criterion. How were the individual entries selected? What was excluded? If you could include more entries, what would they be? You may also consider providing historical background about the anthology’s theme or crafting an argument about why we need to pay attention to these texts today. What can contemporary Americans gain from reading your anthology? Who is the anthology’s target audience (high school students, college students, etc.)? Review Literature and the Human Experience’s introductions for inspiration and organization ideas. Approximately 5 typed pages in MLA format.

•   Individual Author/Text Introductions: These short introductions should explain briefly how the text fits into the anthology. You may also include some biographical information on the author or interesting publication information. Again, review how Literature and the Human Experience introduces each author for inspiration. Approximately 1/2 -1 typed pages, or 125 to 250 words for EACH text you have included.

•   Works Cited. Use MLA format.

Anthology Paper Timeline 

•   Select a topic: Write a brief description of the topic. Explain what topic you want to research and how your anthology contributes to the study of American literature. Do other anthologies exist already on this topic? How is your proposal going to contribute rather than duplicate what has already been done? You may also wish to include a tentative list of authors and/or texts. Sample Topic Areas: Topics should be focused. (i.e. Nineteenth-Century Women Regionalists) *Identity: gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.
*History: literature of WWI, Vietnam short stories, stories of the Great Migration, etc. *Literary Movements: regionalism, modernism, postmodernism, etc.

•   Research your topic and create an anthology: Outside research is not required but will be helpful for most topics. Any outside research must be cited both in-text and on a works cited page in MLA format.

Grading Criteria: When determining the Anthology paper grade, your instructor will consider the following:

a. Content: The anthology will be evaluated for the quality and clarity of the introductory material, the appropriateness of the items included in the anthology, and how well the individual items form a cohesive anthology. All required elements (described above) must be included.

b. Style: The anthology should be meticulously proofread to follow standard English spelling, grammar, and punctuation guidelines.

c. Organization: The anthology’s arrangement should be clear and easy to navigate.

d. Audience: The anthology should be clearly crafted for a target audience identified in the introduction (i.e college students, or high school students, etc.).

Note: Please keep in mind that your original content determines the project’s grade. Cover art, author pictures, graphics, lists to additional resources, and other “bells and whistles” will be evaluated as “the icing on the cake.”

Assignment adapted from Kristin Jacobson, Stockton University

sources are poem Related Poem Content DetailsJIMMY SANTIAGO BACA

any additional 2 poem are allowed . your choice in link below

story by AMY TAN two kind and AMerican and i by Anzia Yeziers are in link below

Short Stories About the American Dream

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