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Read Marc Bernardin’s “Black Panther Gets So Much Right and One Crucial Thing Wrong ” (p. 362 of Everyone’s an Author) and Manisha Ummadi’s “Indie Gem Please Knock on my Door Expertly Captures Mental Illness” (p. 367 of Everyone’s an Author).
For this opening freewrite, you must have already read Carver’s story and compiled your evidence. If you have not, stop right now, go back and complete Writing Task 1 for Week 13. For this exercise, I want you to practice writing a definition of each of your criteria and then making a claim about Carver’s story based on each one. For this freewrite, simply look back over the evidence you have compiled, and write some sentences starting with the following:
“I believe a story being well-written (or not) means . . .”
I claim that Carver’s story is well-written (or not) because . . .” (finish this sentence and list your evidence).
I believe a story being entertaining (or not) means . . .”
I claim that Carver’s story is entertaining (or not) because . . .” (finish this sentence and list your evidence).
I believe a story being interesting (or not) means . . .”
I claim that Carver’s story is interesting (or not) because . . .” (finish this sentence and list your evidence).
**Note ** Just write whatever comes to mind for 10-15 minutes.
For this reading discussion, please read Manisha Ummadi’s “Indie Gem Please Knock on My Door Expertly Captures Mental Illness” (page 367). Take your time to think and reflect on these (I imagine the reading, plus answering the questions, should take around an hour total). Feel free to respond to classmates’ answers, but you are not required to do so. The purpose of this is for your instructor to see if and how well you are understanding the content. The instructor may comment at times to emphasize good answers and help you if you are struggling with the content. Provide quotes and page numbers for your answers whenever possible. The questions from the textbook are listed below.
Discussion Questions to Answer (from page 369):
- How does Manisha Ummadi establish her authority and credibility as a reviewer? How does her introduction, for instance, contribute to her credibility? How would you describe her tone? Point to specific words and passages that contribute to that tone.
- What is Ummadi’s evaluation of this video game, and what evidence does she offer in support of her view? How persuasive do you find her evaluation? What criteria does Ummadi use as a basis for her evaluation? How does she make these criteria clear? Point out specific passages from the text that support your response.
- Mental illness is an unusual subject for a video game to address, and it poses challenges for those reviewing video game as well. What strikes you as particularly helpful and relevant in Ummadi’s comments on mental illness in the review? How does Ummadi work to build her audience’s interest on this topic?