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Myth-Folklore Essay Guidelines


There are two different options here: writing an essay about the reading you did this week OR doing another half-unit of reading. (If you did not do any reading so far this week, then you need to choose the reading option; the essay only works if you have done some reading, Reading A and/or Reading B, already this week).


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READING OPTION: You will be reading just half of a unit, so you need to choose a reading unit that makes sense if you read just half. Here is a quick index to all the reading units that work if you read just one half: ALL half-unit options | Classical | Biblical | Middle Eastern | Indian | Asian | African | Native American | British | European.


So, make your choice, read one half of the unit, and then write an Extra Reading Diary post, just like the regular Reading Diary posts. When you are done with the reading and the Reading Diary post, here is the Declaration you will complete:



I have read half a unit and taken notes in a blog post. I included a link to the main reading unit page in my post, along with links to the pages/stories that I focused on.

IMAGE: I have included at least one image with Image Information.

TITLE: I have included the words "Extra Reading Diary" in the title, along with the unit title

(e.g. "Extra Reading Diary: Jewish Fairy Tales").

LABELS: My post has "Week ___" and "Reading Diary" labels.



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ESSAY OPTION: Write an essay analyzing the stories in this week's reading. There is a long list of ESSAY TOPICS that you can use for your essay, or you can write about some other aspect of the unit that you found really intriguing (just make sure it is a topic that will allow you to comment on several stories in the reading, not just one).


Feel free to write about the same topic multiple times! For example, if you are really interested in "tricksters and fools," you will find in many weeks that there are stories with tricksters and fools, and you can choose that essay topic each time you want to write about the tricksters and fools in the stories you read that week. If you do that, your essays can build on each other over the course of the semester, which will make the essays even better.


Here are the guidelines for your essay post:

  • Title. You need to include the word "Essay" in the title you give to the post, along with a title for your actual essay (for example, "Essay: Dangerous Ladies of Greek Mythology").
  • Labels. Use "Week ___" and "Essay" to label your post. 
  • Length. Your essay post needs to be a minimum of 300 words long and a maximum of 1000 words. Make sure you do a spellcheck and a word count and that you proofread your post by reading it out loud.
  • Image. Please include at least one image with Image Information.
  • Links. Please include a link to the reading unit, along with links to the specific stories that you mention.


When you are done, here is the Essay Declaration you will complete:



I have published a blog post with my essay (300 words minimum and 1000 words maximum). I have spellchecked and proofread the post by reading it out loud, and I have included links to the reading unit and stories that I discuss.

IMAGE. I have included an image along with Image Information. 

TITLE. I have included the word "Essay" in the title, along with a specific title for my essay.

LABELSI have used both "Week __" and "Essay" as post labels.


















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