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ENGL 2130: American Literature “American Scholar” Reading Reflection Step 1: Read Ralph Waldo Emerson “American Scholar.” Emerson believes that all men should see themselves as possible rulers and shapers of the world. He believes that only in this way will a truly healthy society be possible: “A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men” (Paragraph 43). Step 2: Write a 250-word paragraph discussing to what degree do you think that this statement is realistic or feasible? Also, based on the reading, what do you think Emerson dislikes about the time in which he is living? What about his time period do you think he finds hopeful? Do you see any similarities between his “modern age” and our world today? Step 3: Incorporate specific examples from the module’s readings. This reading reflection must include evidence from the course’s textbook (quotes, paraphrases, and summaries) to support the question. All evidence should end with an in-text citation, including a summary and paraphrase an in-text citation and work cited are required. There is an example of how to properly cite the course’s textbook located in the course information folder. Step 4: Attach your Word document to this drop box. This reading reflection must be numbered in paragraph form and formatted according to MLA guidelines, format (12 point, Times New Roman, left justification, double spaced, and indented paragraphs) with a heading (student’s name, instructor’s name, course, and date) in the upper left corner of the first page. In the upper right-hand corner, insert a header with your last name and page number. There is an example MLA template located in the course information folder that you may use. Failure to follow the above MLA guidelines will result in up to a 10-point deduction. In addition, you should include an in-text citation as well as a works cited page. Failed to do so will result in following automatic penalties: • One half letter grade (5 points) for errors within in-text citations and/or works cited • One letter grade (10 points) for no in-text citation(s) • Two letter grades (20 points) for no work cited

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ENGL 2130: American Literature “American Scholar” Reading Reflection Step 1: Read Ralph Waldo Emerson “American Scholar.” Emerson believes that all men should see themselves as possible rulers and shapers of the world. He believes that only in this way will a truly healthy society be possible: “A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men” (Paragraph 43). Step 2: Write a 250-word paragraph discussing to what degree do you think that this statement is realistic or feasible? Also, based on the reading, what do you think Emerson dislikes about the time in which he is living? What about his time period do you think he finds hopeful? Do you see any similarities between his “modern age” and our world today? Step 3: Incorporate specific examples from the module’s readings. This reading reflection must include evidence from the course’s textbook (quotes, paraphrases, and summaries) to support the question. All evidence should end with an in-text citation, including a summary and paraphrase an in-text citation and work cited are required. There is an example of how to properly cite the course’s textbook located in the course information folder. Step 4: Attach your Word document to this drop box. This reading reflection must be numbered in paragraph form and formatted according to MLA guidelines, format (12 point, Times New Roman, left justification, double spaced, and indented paragraphs) with a heading (student’s name, instructor’s name, course, and date) in the upper left corner of the first page. In the upper right-hand corner, insert a header with your last name and page number. There is an example MLA template located in the course information folder that you may use. Failure to follow the above MLA guidelines will result in up to a 10-point deduction. In addition, you should include an in-text citation as well as a works cited page. Failed to do so will result in following automatic penalties: • One half letter grade (5 points) for errors within in-text citations and/or works cited • One letter grade (10 points) for no in-text citation(s) • Two letter grades (20 points) for no work cited

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