Rip Van Winkle

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Graded Assignment ENG303A/ENG304A: American Literature | Unit 4 | Lesson 1: Creating an American Mythology – Introduction Graded Assignment “Rip Van Winkle” and the Emergence of an American Mythology 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, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph. How does Irving incorporate at least three of the above characteristics into "Rip Van Winkle"? What is the impact of these characteristics on the story or on the reader’s experience of the story? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text in your response. Process You should always use a process for your writing that includes planning and drafting. 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

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