Literature HW

Tillie Olsen’s Tender Portrait of a Marriage, NPR AUDIO REVIEW [REQUIRED]…

Excerpt from Maxine Hong Kingston: Talking Story, KQED Audio Arts [REQUIRED]

(1) Both the Olsen and Kingston stories deal with “types of women’s silence.” What is the “intended” purpose or reason for silence in each story? How is “silence” for the women in these stories brought about?By whom? For what purpose? Please provide sufficient brief quotes from each story to support your ideas and opinions.

(2) What are the “effects” of isolation and/or secrets in both stories? Do these effects (or results) satisfy the “intended”purpose or reason for the isolation and secrets? Please provide sufficient brief quotes from each story to support your ideas and opinions.

(3) Do any parallels from these two stories exist in our contemporary culture today? If so, provide examples. If not, explain why.

(4) Did the required online resources help enhance or inform your understanding of the assigned literature?Specifically refer to and comment on “each”online resource.

(3) Write a “BOLDED CHALLENGE QUESTION SENTENCE” to close your Journal Entry. Integrate an actual “brief” direct quotation from the assigned reading in the actual challenge question. (Your Bolded Challenge Question should be specific, original, unique, and thought-provoking. You want to challenge your team members to reflect and think—in order to gain new insights about the reading and themselves.)


please write a full 2-page (650 Word) Journal Entry,

SALUTATION: Dear Mary, John, Anne, Paul, and Beth:

INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH (for team building): Write a friendly, “newsy” opening paragraph [chit chat]. You might include your thoughts on last week’s materials and assignments and/or the current week’s assignment, your feelings or attitudes about the topics/readings/resources, your reflections on the learning experience in this course, encouragement for your team members, etc.

BODY PARAGRAPHS (that specifically address all parts of the “Writing Prompt” found in your “Weekly Journal Entry Assignment Tool”):

  • Avoid “overly-long paragraphs.” Look for logical breaks in thought. [Note: A paragraph should be “one” unit of thought.]
  • Use transitions or cohesive devices to clearly and logically connect paragraphs.
  • Address each part of the Writing Prompt in the order given. [Use transitions or cueing devices to indicate the beginning of each separate point.]
  • Clearly and sufficiently develop your reflection (thoughts, ideas, opinions, attitudes, feelings, etc.).
  • Adequately illustrate and support your thoughts, ideas, opinions, attitudes, feelings, etc., with “directly quoted” material from the assigned readings, assigned internet resources, etc., provided in your “Weekly Letter to the Student.”
  • Identify the writer of each direct quote in the sentence containing the actual direct quote.
  • Parenthetical citations should be included at the end of each direct quote (inside the end punctuation of the sentence, e.g., “Plato illustrates this concept when he writes, “——-” (68).


  • Position your Challenge Question as the “last” sentence of your Journal Entry.
  • Bold your Challenge Question.
  • Refine and formulate your challenge question so that it is specific and clear.
  • Refer back to and relate your Challenge Question directly to the assigned reading .

Your Challenge Question should not be vague, general, uninteresting, or “ho-hum.” Instead, it should be UNIQUE, INTERESTING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING—and promote lively, active discussion in your Team

CLOSING, e.g., Wishing you a great week, John Doe

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