Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: The Ideas And Characteristics Of American Culture

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This document provides an overview of the tasks and time line for completing this assignment. Assignment Instructions As you have learned, the stories that make up a nation's mythology share several characteristics: • They are set in the past, often in remote or exciting places and times. • They are filled with remarkable, strange, or exaggerated characters. • They feature incredible, heroic, impressive, magical, or mysterious events and their consequences. • They convey a positive message about a nation or its people. After reading Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," consider it as a story that helped create an American mythology. Then answer the following question in the form of a short essay. Your essay should consist of at least five paragraphs: an introductory paragraph,…show more content…
To complete this assignment, you will do the following: • Review the assignment instructions and grading criteria thoroughly. The writing assignment you complete in this unit will be graded against a rubric that assesses the essay in a number of categories. These categories focus both on the essay’s contents and its clarity. o Read the rubric on the last page of this document. Keep the criteria listed on the rubric in mind as you complete the writing assignment. o Remember to write in standard formal English and use the third person (no personal opinions) and the present tense. • Read and study “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving. As you study the work, you will gather information and start to plan your approach to the essay. • Complete a plan for your essay. • Begin drafting your paper, using your plan as a guide. • Review and revise your first draft. You should try to have another person read your work and give you feedback as part of your revision process. • Write the final draft of your project. Be sure to follow these requirements and recommendations when completing your

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