Ghost Storie

Ghost Stories
This first high stakes assignment is an expository essay where your opinions must be supported by quotations from and citations of refereed research. You will be graded using a quite specific rubric. I advise you to print the rubric and keep it nearby when you are writing. The rubric will be followed exactly, and comments will only be made on your essays in places where the rubric fails to be specific enough to explain a grading decision. I. Technical Requirements 600-1000 words (excluding bibliography, APA title page, and running heads, or extended quotations) APA presentation APA documentation and in-text citations quotations from three of this week’s stories quotations from two of this week’s secondary sources free from plagiarism (checked by SafeAssign) formal academic English (third person, dispassionate, objective) II. Research Question Tom Howard, an American poet, wrote the following poem: Rules for Telling a Ghost Story You must have a flashlight, and you should have a storm. Place the flashlight under your chin, but say nothing at first, while they squirm a little on the couch and start to giggle. Giggling is not allowed (not yet), so you wait. Then you speak–quietly, slowly, in a normal voice, except that you have this flashlight pointing up at you like a madman (it’s the contrast that you want). Pretend it’s a story you didn’t want to tell; say with a sigh, This was thirty years ago, in New Jersey. 1983. Late August. Details are important. Happened to my buddy Jay, because names are even better, as long as you don’t hesitate. Watch their eyes, and when they say You already told us this one, with the girl in the movie theater who was really dead the whole time–just shake your head and say, No, this is a different one. But maybe (with a shrug) you can’t handle it. More giggles. Look away for a moment, as if debating how much to say; and then tell them about Jay, something funny and odd, and true, so they know he’s real. Make them laugh, and lower their guard. And then pace through the dark while the story unfolds, letting the flashlight drop as you walk, as if you’re lost in the story yourself. Tell it from memory. Talk about the time you went down with Jay to his basement and he said there’s a hole in the wall, toward the back, and sometimes he hears a voice (a girl’s voice, you remember him saying, his voice shaky and young, he can tell you this only down here, in the dark, away from the light and the day). Wait for the thunder, and watch their eyes follow you in the gloom. (There must be gloom.) And wait for them to say the words you know they want to say: Did this really happen? According to Howard, what are the “rules” for telling a ghost story, and can you see evidence of them in three of the stories that were assigned this unit? *THREE STORIES ARE ATTACHED TO FILE. III. Structure Introduction (first sentence: topic… last sentence: provable multi-part thesis) Body paragraphs (one body paragraph per ghost story “rule” each paragraph quoting at least one story that contains the “rule”) Conclusion (are ghost stories universal across world literature?) IV. Grading Essay 1 rubric Grades posted prior to end of next unit Reference Howard, T. (2014). Rules for telling a ghost story. The Worcester Review, 35(1-2), 11-12.