Marks: 10% of the final grade

Format: the kinds of writing assigned will vary from, for example, diary entries from the point of view of a character in a story to paragraphs in which you explain an important symbol in a story. You might also be assigned a blog entry linked to an issue arising in class.

Objectives: (1) to encourage you to respond to literature in ways other than the essay; (2) to demonstrate that you are prepared for class.

Throughout the semester I will randomly assign brief in-class writing assignments that will be linked to that day’s assigned reading. The topic will be such that a person who has completed the reading for that day will have no trouble demonstrating that they have read and understood the story. The topics will often allow more creative approaches to responding to the story than is possible in an essay. The topics will be unannounced and no re-writes will be accepted. You will not be able to open your text, but you will be able to refer to notes if you have taken them. There will probably be 10 of these assignments throughout the term, but if there are fewer I will average the mark so that a mark out of 10 is reached.

There will also be a question of this sort on the exam, so the assignment is good practice.


These will be marked on a completion or satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. A satisfactory piece of in-class writing should demonstrate that you have understood the assigned story for that day. You can demonstrate that you understand the story by using the characters’ names properly, referring to events in the plot accurately, or addressing key conflicts, settings, issues, or themes in the story.