J. W. Morgan AML2010 American Literature I Midterm Essay Exam DIRECTIONS: Respond to the prompt below in a 1000 – 1200 word essay. The essay must cite all of the Anne Bradstreet primary sources listed as well as the scholarly article provided. Use MLA format, including a Works Cited page. Do not count your heading and Works Cited page in your word count. Using the prompt, develop a thesis (main idea) for this synthesis essay. Then compose an essay that synthesizes Bradstreet’s works, the articles, and your own view point, agreeing or disagreeing as necessary. Use the They Say/ I Say Academic Moves, strong verbs, transitions and bridging words and phrases to move the conversation and to achieve a unified whole. All citations should take the form of paraphrases: do not use any direct quotes.
PROMPT: Examine Kimberly Latta’s, article “’Such is My Bond’: Maternity and Economy in Anne Bradstreet’s Writings”, and Anne Bradstreet’s “To My Dear and Loving Husband”, “Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 10th 1666”, and “To My Dear Children” p. 235 – 238. Discuss the ways in which Bradstreet blends domestic and theological imagery in her writings. Note the following Conventions: • Your paper must be formatted according to MLA requirements. Use OWL Purdue for help with this formatting. You can also view a sample paper on the OWL website. • The first time you cite an author, you use his/her full name and the title of the work being cited: As indicated by Kimberly Latta, in the article “’Such is My Bond’: Maternity and Economy in Anne Bradstreet’s Writings” . . .. • Subsequent references to a source use the author’s last name only: Latta further states . . . . • You are required to use the Academic Conversations templates that are posted in the course and that you are using for the Writing Workshops. • While most formal papers must be written in third person, because this is an exam and I am looking for your ability to analyze the sources and synthesize them with each other and your own opinion, you will use the first person pronoun “I”.