Thesis Statement Peer Review

How do you craft a good thesis statement? In this activity, students work together to refine their ideas and put together possible evidence for different topics. The purpose is to teach students how to connect their thesis statement with the rest of their paper, and to revise the two in tandem (start with a draft thesis, bring some evidence together, revise the thesis to better reflect the evidence, revise the evidence to better fit the thesis, etc.)

High Brow, Low Brow

This exercise has students explore the postwar notions of high brow and low brow by ranking and discussing various cultural items.

Annotate a Literary Text

In this project, students discover in detail the historical factors associated with a short piece of writing by annotating it.

The Sound and the Fury

In this activity, students analyze Faulkner's various styles in the Sound and the Fury by contrasting different excerpts from the novel.  

Hemingway Parody

Let your students be Hemingway for a day.  In this parody exercise, students learn Hemingway's style by adopting it.