Assignment Guidelines: A Myth in My Life HUMA 1105

Assignment Guidelines: A Myth in My Life HUMA 1105
1) The assignment must be between 700 and 800 words long.
2) Please submit a hard copy of the assignment to your TA.
3) The due date is WED., OCT. 4th in lecture.
4) Your assignment must be written in full sentences and paragraphs, and must address the following question:
What is a myth in your life?
The purpose of the assignment is (a) to identify and analyze a “myth” in your life, i.e., a mythical story that is familiar to you. You might know it from history, from a tradition, as part of a cultural or religious event, as seen in a film or read in a book, from your education, etc. In your assignment, you should identify and re-tell this “myth” in a short description (aim for no more than 200 words).
You should also (b) describe why you would identify it as a myth, as opposed to, say, just a good story. Discuss the elements of the story that make it mythical. For example, is it the characters? The plot? The setting? The medium or genre of the story? Some other aspect? Other things to consider here: is the myth true? partially true? completely fantastic? realistic?
Please also (c) include some reflection on what the myth does and how it does it. Your writing about what effect the myth has might include answers to some of the following questions: Does it preserve or transmit information? If so, how? Is it part of a ritual or ceremony? Does it induce emotion like fear, love, pride, nostalgia, wonder? Does it provide an example of good or bad behaviour? A moral lesson? Does your myth work to define a community? A place? An historical era? Does the context of the myth matter to its interpretation? If so, how? Does your myth do more than one thing? Is your myth solely for entertainment? Does your myth seem to do one thing but actually do another? In this section, see if you can think really broadly and creatively about the question of what a myth might do.
Finally, your assignment should (d) discuss the ways in which your myth fits or doesn’t fit with the definitions and examples of myth discussed in this class.
See below for grading information:
Assignment Guidelines: A Myth in My Life HUMA 1105
Your assignment will be graded with reference to following categories:
Excellent / Good
(a) Identification and Description of your myth
Clear identification of the myth, and a confident, well-controlled retelling of the relevant elements of the story. Appropriate length.
Identification of the myth, and readable, organized retelling of the story. Appropriate length.
Vague reference to the myth; unclear or confused retelling of myth; much too long or too short.
(b) Analysis of the ‘mythic’ qualities of your myth
Thoughtful and thorough explanation why your story is a myth with reference to well-articulated criteria for what ‘myth’ is
Clear explanation of why your story is a myth with reference to clear criteria for what ‘myth’ is
Incomplete or vague understanding of why your story is a myth; few or no criteria for what ‘myth’ is
(c) Reflection on what the myth does
Clear and well-considered reflection on the active powers of your myth; illustrated with cogent examples; shows breadth and creativity
Clear demonstration of your reflection on the active powers of myth, described in specific contexts with examples
Little or no engagement with the question of what your myth does
(d) Discussion of myth in relation to course material
Clear and informed demonstration of how your analysis corresponds with concepts or definitions of myth in our course material, illustrated with concrete examples
Coherent discussion of how your myth corresponds to the concepts of myth in our course material, illustrated with examples
Little or no attempt to connect your myth to the texts, ideas, and definitions of myth in our course material
(e) Grammar; spelling; paragraph and sentence formation; clarity of writing
No errors of grammar or spelling; well-organized paragraphs and complete sentences; entirely clear and well written
Few errors in grammar or spelling; paragraphs with good organization and focus; few errors in sentence structure; readable
Many mistakes in grammar and spelling; unclear sentences; difficult to read.

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