Which one of the Cinderella tales listed below would you read to a seven-year-old child?
For Essay 3, you will need to use three of the critical sources below, plus your own chosen source (about reading tales or about child development). You will also, of course, bring in details from one or more tales – as you argue your answer to the question above. So, in all, Essay 3 should use at least 4 critical sources plus the tale(s) you bring up in your essay.
If your answer is that you would read none of the tales to a seven-year-old, then you must indicate why in a clear academic argument that relies on expert opinion and which analyzes multiple tales. Also, if you choose to answer the question in this way, be sure you have counter-arguments to the expert opinions we read that advocate for the reading of these tales. Since we’ve all read all the sources, your audience will want to know why you were not convinced to read any tale, so for your argument to be valid and convincing, you will explain the other side and why you reject that other side.
Almost all of you, though, will choose a tale.
This essay will involve analysis and evaluative writing, as well as argumentative synthesis.
To write this essay, first review the variants of “Cinderella” I’m assigning below. Then, after reading articles by experts on fairy tales, select one tale you would most like to read to a seven-year-old child. Avoid deciding on the tale before reading the experts since your argument must be an academic one, based on expert opinion, not solely your own feelings. You must understand well the expert points that we will read. Justify your decision using criteria you have gleaned from the articles I’ve assigned and from one credible article found in your own research.
Deciding on your criteria (principles) for choosing a tale to read to a child is incredibly important to writing this analysis argument, so be sure you have thought deeply and critically about the criteria you’ll use.
As you argue in favor of your choice, you most likely will, to argue your point, also explain why you did not favor at least one other variant (with back up details from the tale(s)). Of course, you will also show why you chose the one you did by bringing in details from the tale and linking them to clear criteria that you’ve explained to the reader as reasons for choosing a tale.
It is essential that you make clear both your criteria for choosing a tale and the details from the tales that meet (or don’t meet) your criteria. Explanation of criteria and bringing in of evidence from tales are both central to making your argument here in Essay 3.
This paper is both an analysis and evaluation argument; you are trying to convince your audience that the variant you chose is appropriate and maybe even beneficial for a seven-year-old child, so be sure to use effective argumentative strategies, as well as analysis and evaluation strategies. See all about that in the weekly resource links.
Sources for Essay 3:
The Cinderella Tales:
Grimm Brother’s version of the Cinderella tale: “Ashputtle” – You can find it here (Links to an external site.).
Charles Perrault’s version: “Cinderella; Or, the Little Glass Slipper” – You can find it here (Links to an external site.).
Disney version of the tale: You can find it here (Links to an external site.).
Native American version: You can find it here (Links to an external site.).
Any other Cinderella tale (not the novel variant) you find on the internet that you want to argue that you would read to a seven-year-old
The Critical Sources (These are sources that analyze Cinderella tales and can be found either at the library databases or on the internet.):
“’Cinderella’: A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts” – Bruno BettelheimPreview the document –
Consider this a class handout in terms of citing it.
“Why Fairy Tales Matter – The Performative and the Transformative” – Maria Tatar
“America’s ‘Cinderella'” – Jane Yolen. This one is difficult to find, so I’m giving you the link here (Links to an external site.).
“Fairy Tales are Full of Wonder” – Moniek Hover – youtube Ted Talk
“Ella Evolving: Cinderella Stories and the Construction of Gender-Appropriate Behavior” by Linda T. Parsons
“Young People’s Mental Health: the Spiritual Power of Fairy Stories, Myths, and Legends” – Steven Walker
“Does Violence Have a Place in Children’s Literature?” – Megan Creasey
“What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” – Peggy Orenstein – This is a New York Times article, so copy it as soon as you get it since this newspaper only allows limited access without paying.
Your Own Source (Find it in the library databases or on the internet, and be sure it is dependable.)
Another source you find relevant to this essay assignment <– you must find this one source on your own, and you must use it in Essay 3. Use this source to bolster your argument in some way. For instance, the source might contain another view of the controversial aspects of tales, or it might be a source that explains the development of a seven-year-old. Whatever source you use – Make sure it is dependable and contains expert opinion and that it adds to your argument.
Format: at least 5 pages, double-spaced, 12 font, standard margins. You must use – at least – 4 sources, including one of your own sources.
As I note above, this paper should include one article you’ve discovered on your own to use as a source, as well as four of the critical sources I listed above, plus at least one tale (for a total of at least 4 critical sources and at least one tale), and your argument should be strongly source-based, not personal-experience-based.
Discussion Forum First Post – April 20, 11 p.m.
Discussion Forum Replies – April 23, 11 p.m.
Essay 2 Final Draft – May 9, 11 p.m.
Remember: I allow only one late essay assignment; that late essay will receive a 5% deduction for each day late – whether it is rough or final draft. Also, I do not give any points to late discussion board posts or late essay rough drafts.
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