Imagine you are a high school English teacher. Though the English department initially allotted one week for studying each of the literary elements listed below, due to a possum infestation, the principal has announced that the school will need to be closed for a week, requiring one of these elements to be cut. To help faculty reach a consensus on what to cut, the department chair has asked all Engl ish faculty members to write and circulate their recommendations with detailed support for which element should be cut out and which elements are essential. Please submit a 1,000-word, double-spaced position paper, written with the English faculty as your audience, explaining which of the elements is most expendable (and could be cut) and which one is most necessary (and should therefore not be cut) and why. Please analyze at least three specific readings from LIT100 to explain why certain elements are essential or inessential to appreciating literature, as your colleagues value concrete examples.
Literary elements under consideration: Plot, point of view, character, setting, tone, imagery, rhyme sche me, figurative comparisons, word choice, tragedy, and identification of theme.
The English Department is composed of busy faculty members whom you know from casual conversation hold a range of different positions on what is vital and expendable in the curriculum. Thus, lead with your main idea, develop your argument through prominent topic sentences, respectfully anticipate counter-positions, identify and analyze possible assumptions that might contribute to different conclusions, and write clearly and concisely. Proofread your essay so your readers take your argument seriously.