[ORDER SOLUTION] Epic of Gilgamesh

INFORMAL READING RESPONSE to the Epic of Gilgamesh First, quickly read through all these directions, then start back at #1, following each of the directions step-by-step: 1. Find and carefully read the document “Historical Thinking Skills Checklist, and How to Write an Informal Reading Response” (that’s what you’re going to do!). You’ll find it in the “Resources” folder in Blackboard’s “Content” area. 2. Read the PDF file labeled “The Epic of Gilgamesh.” You will find it in Blackboard’s “Content” area in the in the “Readings” folder. (It’s assigned for Week 1 on the syllabus). 3. Write an informal reading response of at least one page (minimum 350 words) and no more than two pages (Typed, double-spaced). Use Microsoft Word. You can see the word count at the bottom of the document, or highlight a specific selection and click on “Review” and then “Word Count.” Please write the word count at the end. 4. In your response, convince me that you practice at least TWO of the historical thinking skills listed below (these are explained on the checklist I told you to read in direction #1): a. Sourcing: for this, you will probably need to consult a secondary source like the textbook or internet for more for information, which is fine, as long as you provide a reference for your source of information. b. Decoding c. Interpreting d. Contextualizing: to do this, remember that you need to provide additional information about history that was happening during the time, outside of what you can learn from the document itself; it’s a good idea to use your textbook for this. e. Corroborating: to do this, you would need to discuss at least two primary sources. But only one is assigned, so you would have to think of another primary source on your own (a good one might be the Bible, if you know it—the Book of Genesis) f. Critical Thinking g. Assessing 5. When you think you have used one of the historical thinking skills, signal in writing—at the end of the part you are referring to—which of those skills you are using. This helps me grade the assignment more effectively and also demonstrates that you are practicing “metacognition.” It’s best if you use brackets, like this: [Decoding]. 6. Include at least two direct quotes from anywhere in the assigned primary source (from the actual historical document, not the introduction). Put the quotes in quotation marks and reference the author (if known) and/or brief title, and page number, in a footnote. a. Many of you have never made footnotes, I know. You’ll find a useful guide “How to Make and Use Footnotes” in the “Resources” folder in Blackboard’s “Content” area. A quote with a reference to your source should look like this: “And then Enkidu ate the entire ox.” ß That little number one is a footnote, and it directs you to look down to the bottom of the page! b. In case you have trouble making footnotes, for now, I will accept parenthetical references, done like this: “And then Enkidu ate the entire ox.” (Gilgamesh, 6) 7. There is no “correct” answer in this assignment. There is, however, a correct method or process. In grading it, I will score based on how well you comply with these expectations. (See my scoring criteria below). 8. Submit your response in Blackboard as a Microsoft Word document by clicking on the assignment link and attaching the file. Please DO NOT simply write your response in the comment field below or as a “submitted text.” You may copy-and-paste your response into one of those fields strictly as a backup, as long as you also attach the Word document. If you can’t submit it as Word document, a PDF file is acceptable for now…or anything that I can actually see and read. But figure out the correct process as soon as possible! ??See Scoring Criteria below…. SCORING CRITERIA (out of 100) Automatic 30 points for submitting any writing that remotely resembles the assignment Some Possible Deductions (from 100): -8 for each missing direct primary source quote (there should be 2) -5 if a direct quote is mistakenly taken from something other than a primary source -2 if a quote is not referenced (author and/or title, page number) in a footnote or parenthetically -10 for each missing “historical thinking skill” (there should be two) (Note that merely identifying a passage as, say, [Critical Thinking] does not necessary mean that what you have written is a good example of critical thinking. It should be immediately clear to the reader. Look back at the checklist of skills to make sure you’re doing what you say you are). -1 to -10 for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. that is so flawed that it interferes with the reader’s comprehension -1 to -10 if you have fatally misunderstood something very important (like a vital fact or a basic point of a document). -1 to -50 if the response is not long enough—minimum 350 words (the deduction is calculated mathematically depending on how big the shortfall is). To check your word count, highlight your text and look at the bottom of the document, or click on “Review” at the top of your Word program and then select Word Count.

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