Ballad of the Landlord Harlem and I Too by Langston Hughes
Complete a written response in which you analyze “Ballad of the Landlord,” “Harlem” and “I, Too” by Langston Hughes. Your response should analyze how each poem expresses aspects of African American life. Also, identify/explain the universal aspects of the human condition/human experience reveal by each poem.
Content and Organization: You should present your ideas in essay form that is appropriate to college-level writing (paragraphs, transitions, an introduction, and conclusion, etc.). Targeting your writing is crucial to your success in this class. It’s important to understand and follow the assignment directions – I am looking for a specific kind of analysis as described by each reading response assignment.
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Support: You must explain your ideas in detail in order to make a clear and complete argument. For reading response assignments, you MUST to include specific examples (quotes) from the selections to support your analysis.
Formal Tone: Do not use first person (I, we) or second person (you) in papers for this class. This type of paper (literary analysis) about the readings and should be written in third person only. College-level papers should always be written in third person unless the assignment/professor specifies otherwise.
Research: DO NOT use outside research as support for your ideas. I’m interested in your analysis of the readings ONLY.
Format: Use MLA style for this and ALL writing assignments in this class. Information on and help with MLA style can be found at the following links:
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Length: All reading responses should be 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the Works Cited page.