After reading several American authors-Washington Irving, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Susan Glaspell, James Baldwin, and Sherman Alexie to name a few- students will choose two works that you've chosen to read and construct a thesis that allows them to enter into a critical discussion of the texts based on a common factor.
This also asks students to use literary criticism as part of the synthesis. See inside for more details, a literary criticism handout, and a rubric.
Please note, when I refer to CERCA this is in reference to the paragraph model my students are required to follow for their writing.
Feel free to adapt to your student needs.