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UE: ENG 215: The Monster and the Monstrous in Literature: QEP

QEP Assignment for Kafka

QEP Assignment for ENG 215 Monsters and the Monstrous in Literature

Using Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, examine Gregor’s family’s treatment of him. Write an essay identifying the following elements in Kafka’s story:

Use your introduction to identify Kafka’s purpose.

Each body paragraph should address the following:

Body paragraph one: What questions about human nature does the text explore?

Body paragraph two: What assumptions about family and a family’s responsibility to its members does the story explore?

Body paragraph three: What are the consequences of Gregor’s metamorphosis for the family and of their treatment of him?

Body paragraph four: How does the text define the concepts of family, love, responsibility, or humanity? (Pick one or two that are most relevant for your focus.)

Body paragraph five: What other solutions were available to Gregor’s family?

Body paragraph six: What is Gregor’s perspective?

Body paragraph seven: Evaluate Gregor’s family’s response to him from the values of integrity and community.

Conclusion: Given all of the above, what would you do if put into the same situation as Gregor’s family? Why?

Rubric for QEP Assignment (Instructor should assign point values.)

Components

Missing

Level I

Level II

Level III

Critical Thinking Elements

 

 

 

 

Purpose

Kafka’s Purpose

 

Identification of purpose is vague and/or does not elaborate/exemplify the purpose.

( ____ points)

Clearly identifies the purpose of the writing, with only limited elaboration /exemplification.

 

( ____ points)

Clearly identifies the purpose of the writing using elaboration/exemplification and/or the vocabulary of the discipline (as appropriate).

( ____ points)

Question at Issue

What is human nature?

 

Question is not stated or is not defined. An attempt to elaborate/exemplify is vaguely outlined. Question is not informed by the vocabulary of the discipline.

( ____ points)

Clarifies the question through limited elaboration/ exemplification.

 

 

 

( ____ points)

Clarifies the question through elaboration/ exemplification. Question incorporates the language of the discipline (as appropriate).

 

 

( ____ points)

Assumptions

What are the assumptions about family and responsibility of family to each other?

 

States assumptions without analysis. Relies on questionable assumptions

 

 

 

( ____ points)

Writing explicitly acknowledges the assumptions of the work, and grounds these assumptions in a larger context (e.g., cultural background, gender)

 

( ____ points)

Writing explicitly addresses the assumptions of the work and grounds these assumptions in a larger context (e.g., cultural background, gender). Includes in-depth analysis of the assumptions based on the discipline

( ____ points)

Implications and Consequences

Consequences for the characters in the story

 

Identification of implications and/or consequences are vague and do not show

 

 

( ____ points)

Identifies the implications of the position taken in the writing assignment and extends this to identify potential consequences of these implications

( ____ points)

Identifies the implications of the position taken in the assignment, extends this to identify potential consequences of these implications, and assesses the likelihood of various consequences

( ____ points)

Information

Use of support from story throughout

 

Information used is incomplete, incorrect, or biased.

 

 

 

( ____ points)

Information used comes from reliable sources and is appropriate to the issue being addressed.

 

( ____ points)

Information used comes from reliable sources within the discipline, is appropriate to the issue being addressed, and presents a coherent, clear picture of the issue.

( ____ points)

Concepts

Defines key concept(s)

 

Concepts are identified, but not clearly defined. No attempt to elaborate/ exemplify.

( ____ points)

Some concepts are clearly defined using elaboration/ exemplification.

( ____ points)

All relevant concepts are clearly defined using elaboration/ exemplification.

 

( ____ points)

Conclusions and Interpretations

Identifies consequences of choices

 

Conclusions and interpretations are stated, but are not linked to information and/or may be based on bias or prejudice.

 

 

 

( ____ points)

Conclusions are stated in recognition of information, assumptions, and consequences.

 

 

 

( ____ points)

Conclusions are stated in recognition of information, assumptions, and consequences. Conclusions and interpretations are identified and distinctions are made between information and interpretations of information.

( ____ points)

Points of View

Explores Gregor’s point of view

 

Acknowledges existence of more than one point of view, but considers only one.

 

 

( ____ points)

More than one point of view is explained, including the point(s) of view of the discipline.

 

 

( ____ points)

More than one point of view is explained, including the point(s) of view of the discipline. Points of view are evaluated for relevance to this particular assignment.

( ____ points)

Core Values

Evaluates the decision using values of community and integrity

 

Core value(s) implied but not specifically addressed in the writing.

 

( ____ points)

Core value(s) are specifically addressed with relevance stated, but not integrated throughout the critical thinking elements.

( ____ points)

Core value(s) are specifically addressed with relevance stated, and are integrated throughout the critical thinking elements.

( ____ points)

Decision Making

Explores own decision based on critical thinking above

 

The decision made is based only on some of the information presented.

 

 

( ____ points)

The decision made is based on the culmination of most steps to critical thinking and addresses the core values.

 

( ____ points)

The decision made is based on the culmination of all the steps to critical thinking and explicitly addresses the role of core values and the values of the discipline, as appropriate.

( ____ points)