Oct 2. Hamlet 3.1-3.2 & Secondary Sources

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Student Teaching Groups


Group/Number Students
G10 Danny, Maya, Kyle, Rishi
G13 Brandon, Ravi, Andres, David

Preliminary Paper Claims

Get into groups and discuss you response to the paper prompt and then be prepared to share your findings with the class:

  • What is the relationship between Hamlet (or Hamlet) and one of the following key terms: hoarding, collectibles, vibrant matter, preservation, waste, recycling, or accumulation?

Secondary Sources & MLA Searches

‘How-To’: Write an Annotation

For the Literary Analysis Paper, you need to incorporate one scholarly source. I suggest you compose your “literature review” paragraph as an annotation.

An annotation is a short statement in which you summarize and assess the validity of a  source, describe its methodology, and explain why the source is relevant to your research.

  • 1. Cite the source in MLA
  • 2. Write 2-3 sentences that give a broad overview of the argument, aims, and/or scope of the source: what are the main claims/goals, what are the key terms, what’s the context; whose the audience, etc.?
  • 3. Write 2-3 sentences explain the main mode of inquiry and/or evidence the source uses to achieve her main claim/goal. Literary scholars main mode of inquiry is close reading, but what methods do performers or authors of databases use to achieve their goals? 
  • 4. Write 1-2 sentences that assess the validity of the source. Did the author accomplish the goal he set out for himself? You’ve already stated the main claim/goal and the evidence/methods the author uses to achieve that goal, so now assess the source’s success. 
  • 5. Write 1-2 sentences that explain how the source fits into your larger web project.