3 Assignments about “Snow Crash” (7 pages)

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(I) Pre-Assignment Worksheet (you can type directly into this document or print and hand-write it)

  • Part 1: Evidence

These articles are my best pieces of evidence:

1)__________________________________________________________________________________________

(how it supports my argument) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2)__________________________________________________________________________________________

(how it supports my argument) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3)__________________________________________________________________________________________

(how it supports my argument) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Part 2: Thesis Formulation

Thesis

(claim)_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

because (grounds)

___________________________________________________________________________________________


Three Organizing Points:

1)

2)

3)

  • Part 3: Conclusion

This is one possible way I could change the subject of my paper is:_____________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(II) Identifying Themes and Conflicts

Instructions

  • As you read Snow Crash and watch Strange Days, you will discover that there are a number of themes and conflicts happening in the stories. As we talked about in class, most of the time a theme in a story is “set off” or detailed, through the story’s plot by way of conflict. Therefore, the best way to tackle a story’s theme is through its plot conflicts.

First identify three themes. These should be LARGE SCALE ways, not specific details. Remember our discussion about the Three Little Pigs: The plot is that the pigs made various homes out of straw, sticks, and bricks, and a wolf tried to blow them all down. The theme is more like “This story demonstrates the wisdom of building something meant to last.”

Make note of three of these as you read, and then once you’ve written them down, fill in the plot specifics that identify them beneath. Pay particular attention to the types of conflict involved (what are the FEARS and DESIRES involved? man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. fate, etc.), which characters specifically are involved, and how (or if) the conflict that identifies the theme is resolved.

Guidelines:

-1-2 pages, double spaced, typed.

-Use an outline structure, like this:

Theme one:

Main conflict type:

People or things involved in this conflict:

How is this conflict resolved?

Theme two:

Main conflict type:

People or things involved in this conflict:

How is this conflict resolved?

Theme three:

Main conflict type:

People or things involved in this conflict:

How is this conflict resolved?

(III) Annotated Bibliography

Snow Crash – Annotated Bibliography

Instructions

We discussed Annotated Bibliographies in class today, and despite their complicated-sounding name, they’re basically just another way of saying “academic note-taking”. You do it in an organized fashion to make writing a longer paper easier, and if you do a good job here with these, you will find that writing a 2500-word paper is much, much easier later on.

Write an Annotated Bibliography using at least five scholarly sources. You do NOT need to use the articles I selected but you may, and you must have an annotated bibliography of at least five sources that you’ll use as critical evidence for your paper.

Guidelines:

-About one page per each source, typed and double spaced.

-Try not to use “I think”, “I believe”, etc. Stick strictly to what the reading is saying, and the ways in which it can interact with your paper.

-Make sure you write down the best quotes you find and their page numbers. That way you don’t have to recopy them when you write your paper.

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