English 101 Essay #3

Spreading the Word

Begin by reading "Coming Into Language" by Jimmy Santiago Baca (available through Blackboard).

The writing assignment:

Propose a process for introducing a group of people who doesn't usually get into reading to the world of literature. How would you go about it? Why?

Hints for Success:

A key here is to analyze the group you are trying to affect. Don't go on imagination; zero in on a group you know well (your high school team, your current lunch buddies or perhaps the people at the nursing home where you volunteer). This way you will have some feeling for what will work and what will not. You will also have some feeling for their current level of involvement with the world of literacy.

Another question is what kind of literature to introduce them to. Murder mysteries? Shakespearean plays? Current events essays in national magazines? Why would you choose this sort of literature?

Mechanical details:

Length: The equivalent of a four-page paper. A four-page paper should be between 1200 and 1440 words long, not counting title, your name, etc.

Format: Standard MLA format. (12-point Times Roman type, double-spaced, 1" margin all around, MLA header.)

Submitting the paper:

Due Date

This essay is worth 100 points.