Would O’Brien believe that the story you chose is a “good” story? Why?
Paper 1 Topics – 1320
Write a well-developed essay (about three double-spaced pages plus an
additional Works Cited page) about the following topic.
• Munro “Boys and Girls”
Next, using O’Brien’s comments about good storytelling from his article “Telling
Tails”, answer this question: Would O’Brien believe that the story you chose is
a “good” story? Why?
You are discussing your story in light of O’Brien’s comments. Think of it in this
way: you’re using O’Brien’s comments about what makes a good story to “dig
in” to the story you chose. You will need to quote from both. For this question,
the important thing is the WHY!
Illustrate your choice with SPECIFIC EXAMPLES (from both the story you
choose and from O’Brien’s comments about good storytelling…)
• The basic format of your paper should look like the MLA sample
paper in this unit’s reading.
• Please incorporate what you’ve learned from the reading about
making effective arguments with evidence to back up your claims (and
most of the evidence will come from specific examples in which you
quote from the story and from O’Brien’s comments).
• Part of the scoring for this paper will be based on making a complex
and original argument, so make your reasons as specific as possible.
• See syllabus for due dates.
Follow directions and be sure to go into detail. The deeper you “dig” into your
search for connections between O’Brien’s comments and the story, the better
you’ll do on this assignment. Remember, it is impossible to do well on this paper
without specific examples and direct quotations from the stories. Prove you are right!