Superman and Me April 19, 1998|SHERMAN ALEXIE



Choose one of the assigned essays from The Bedford in either Week 1 or Week 2 and tell your reader what you think is important in the essay. Don’t just tell the reader what the essay says; tell the reader what you think it means. Your thesis will be a reaction and an analysis of the essay, explicating and analyzing the essay in the anthology for the reader.


Read the comments about writing from the author. Can you see how those comments help you see the writer’s process and meaning? In your summary, be sure to answer the following questions:


Who is your reader for this essay?

Why would he/she be interested?

What is the meaning the reader is expected to get from this essay?

What is the most important message the writer is trying to convey?

What does the author have to say about why he/she wrote this essay?

What is your personal reaction after reading the essay? Why do you feel that way? Give examples.

What do you want the reader to see about your perception of the essay you are analyzing?


Give examples from the essay to illustrate the points you are making. If you quote from the essay, put it in quotation marks and put an in-text citation after the quotation marks. No more than 20% of this essay should be quotations. The rest should be in your own words. Do not use sources other than from our Reader.


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