Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

Choose only ONE of the following options below and, in your post, write a paraphrase that avoids plagiarism of the paragraph you have chosen. Your paraphrase can be as long as the excerpt you have chosen, but should not duplicate any phrasing from the excerpt. If you must, you can quote up to three words in a phrase.When you are done posting your paraphrase, reply to at least one classmate’s paraphrase, commenting on what s/he has done well and what s/he can improve with the wording. Your response should be written in no fewer than 75 words.Choose to paraphrase ONE of the excerpts below:Option 1 [excerpt from John Doe’s article from 2011; this is not an example of in=text citation]Morrison began writingSulain 1969, a time of great activism amongAfrican Americansand others who were working toward equalcivil rightsand opportunities. The book addresses issues of racism, bigotry, and suppression ofAfrican Americans; it depicts the despair people feel when they can’t get decent jobs, and the determination of some to survive. Eva, for example, cuts off her leg in order to get money to raise her family. Morrison shows how, faced with racist situations, some people had to grovel to whites simply to get by, as Helene does on a train heading throughthe South. Others, however, fought back, as Sula does when she threatens some white boys who are harassing her and Nel.orOption 2 [excerpt from Jane Doe’s article from 2010;this is not an example of in=text citation]In 1993, Morrison was awarded theNobel Prizefor literature, and thus became the first African American and only the eighth woman ever to win the award. According to Maureen O’Brien inPublishers Weekly, Morrison said, “What is most wonderful for me personally is to know that the Prize has at last been awarded to an African American. I thank God that my mother is alive to see this day.” In 1996, she received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.Your discussion post will be graded according to the following criteria: 80% – Clearly paraphrase the selected text in your own words with minimal use of quotations 20% – Thoughtful response to a classmate’s post that comments on what was done well and what could be improved (at least 75 words)

 

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