(solution) Short Constructed Response: Rip Van Winkle Writing Prompt: How

(solution) Short Constructed Response: Rip Van Winkle Writing Prompt: How

Short Constructed Response: Rip Van Winkle

Writing Prompt: How does Irving incorporate at least one of the American mythology characteristics into “Rip Van Winkle” to affect the reader?s experience? 

Step 1: American Mythology Characteristics

The stories that make up a nation’s mythology share several characteristics:

  • They are set in the past, often in remote or exciting places and times.

Find one example of this in the story and type it below. Use quotations marks.

  • They are filled with remarkable, strange, or exaggerated characters.

Find one example of this in the story and type it below. Use quotations marks.

  • They feature incredible, heroic, impressive, magical, or mysterious events and their consequences.

Find one example of this in the story and type it below. Use quotations marks.

  • They convey a positive message about a nation or its people.

Find one example of this in the story and type it below. Use quotations marks.

Writing Prompt: How does Irving incorporate at least one of the American mythology characteristics into “Rip Van Winkle” to affect the reader?s experience? 

Step 2: Starting your response:

Choose 1 of the pieces of background information above and do the following:

Which American Mythology Characteristic did you choose?

Copy and paste the quote from above:

How does this affect how the reader experiences the story? (Type it below)

Step 3: Write your paragraph (mmmmm a Delicious Quote Sandwich)

How does Irving incorporate at least one of the American mythology characteristics into “Rip Van Winkle” to affect the reader?s experience? 

Sentence 1: Topic sentence (What is the paragraph about? Restate the prompt question as a statement.)

Sentence 2: Explain the American Mythology characteristic you chose.

Sentence 3: Lead in + your characteristic quote from the story.

Sentence 4: Explain how your quote shows how Irving used your chosen characteristic in the story.

Sentence 5: Summary sentence (What was the paragraph about?

Step 4: Put the 5 sentences from Step 3 together in a paragraph and turn it in!