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ENGL120 Cuyamaca George Orwell’s Why I Write and A Childhood Spent essays

Annotation Worksheets and Academic Summaries

We’re are continuing this week, reading attached to Essay 1. When you are reading I want to you catalogue your own responses and observations (part of the annotation process) and look closely and consider the following:

  • What kind of stories is the author sharing?
  • Why do you think he or she chose to share those specific stories? What is his or her purpose?
  • What do you think is the result of the author being so open about those experiences? What is your reaction to reading those specific stories in the moment? What do you feel as you read them? (Particularly focus on what makes those stories effective or not effective compared to others.)

To start our Essay 1 unit, we are reading this week: “Why I Write” by George Orwell and “A Childhood Spent in a Chinese Restaurant” by Susan Cheng.

You can find them below. These readings focus on the authors’ relationship with language and to an extent reading. After you have read and annotated both pieces, please submit an annotation worksheet which I have supplied.

You can submit one combined annotation worksheet with the information from each work, or submit a separate worksheet for each piece. Once you have finished the annotation worksheet, please write up an academic summary for both readings.

To receive full credit, you must fill out the entire annotation worksheet and submit a completed academic summary for each text. Notice: the Annotation Worksheet Template has been updated.

Happy Reading!

Click here for the Annotation Worksheet Template in .docx format.

Click here for the the Annotation Worksheet Template in .pdf format.

Click here tor the Academic Summary Directions + Worksheet.

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