English Paper


Required Resources


Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.




  • Ensler, E. (2013). In the body of the world [PDF]. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Company. Retrieved from http://inthebodyoftheworld.com/pdf/EveEnsler-InTheBodyOfTheWorld-Excerpt.pdf

    This excerpt will be a resource for the Week 3 Worksheet.

  • Hamlet, J. D. (1996). Fannie Lou Hamer: The unquenchable spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Journal of Black Studies, 26 (5), 560–576.
    Fannie Lou Hamer: The Unquenchable Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Hamlet, J.D., in Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 26/Issue 5. Copyright 1996 by Sage Publications Inc. – Journals. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Inc. – Journals via the Copyright Clearance Center.

    This article discusses the notable work and efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer during the Civil Rights Movement. This article is analyzed for this week’s Discussion.

  • Porter, K. A. (1965). Rope. In The collected stories of Katherine Anne Porter (pp. 42–48). Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace.
    Katherine Anne Porter, “Rope” from The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter. Copyright 1928 by Katherine Anne Porter. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company on behalf of The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Trust.

    In this short story, Porter writes from the perspective of a female character providing insight into the experience of a wife. This short story is analyzed in this week’s Worksheet Assignment.

  • Brady, J. (1990). Why I (still) want a wife. Ms, 1(1), 17.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

    This well-known essay provides commentary on housewives. This essay is examined in this week’s Worksheet Assignment.

  • Walden University. (2015b). APA style: Overview. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/apa

  • Walden University. (2015e). Writing center. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/home

  • Document: Glossary of Terms and Techniques for Literature and Creative Writing (PDF)

    This resource provides support in analyzing various forms of literature. Use this resource to identify elements of style and apply literary terms to assignments.

  • Document: Week 3 Worksheet (Word document)

    Download this worksheet to your computer. It will be used in the Week 3 Assignment.



  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2015). Women’s voices and social change [Interactive media]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

    With this week’s content on family and community in mind, review the timeline information on Janice Hamlet, Katherine Anne Porter, and Judy Brady.


Optional Resources


Song Lyric Search Resources



Note: The following songs can be considered for this week’s Discussion; however, you may use any song of your choosing as long as it meets the criteria in the Discussion.


  • DiFranco, A., (1990). Lost woman song. On Ani DiFranco [Cassette]. Buffalo, NY: Righteous Babe.

  • Etheridge, M. (1994). Come to my window. On Yes I am. Los Angeles, CA: A&M Studios.

  • Hamer, F. L. (1997). Walk with me Lord. On Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American freedom songs 1960–1966 [MP3]. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

  • King, C. (1971). You’ve got a friend. On Tapestry [Record]. New York, NY: Ode Records.

  • O’Connor, S. (1997). 4 My Love. On Gospel oak (EP) [CD]. London, UK: Chrysalis.

  • Parton, D. (1971). Coat of many colors. On Coat of many colors [Record]. Nashville, TN: RCA.

  • Russell, B. (1988). Get here. On Get here [CD]. Los Angeles, CA: A&M Studios.

    Resources in support of this week’s topic


  • Edelman, M. W. (1992). The measure of our success: A letter to my children and yours. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

  • FDR Presidential Library (Producer). (1948). Eleanor Roosevelt speech human rights [Online video]. Retrieved from http://www.archive.org/details/gov.fdr.309

  • National Women’s History
    Museum. (n.d.). Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977). Retrieved September 27, 2015, from http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/fannie-lou-hamer/


    Worksheet: “Short Story and Essay as a Medium for Understanding the Role of the Wife in Women’s Family and Community Experience”

    Are the themes or perspectives found in a piece of fiction any less real than those found in an essay? In either case, a perspective is shared to convey a message about a topic. You can gain insight into a topic or experience and combine it with your own to make meaning and broader connections. In this week’s Assignment, you explore social change themes related to the role of the wife in a family and community context.

    To prepare for completion of this worksheet:


  • Review Brady’s “Why I (Still) Want a Wife” and Porter’s “Rope” and apply literary criticism techniques:

    • Question the motive of each author.

    • What are they trying to communicate about the role of “wife” and family and community experience?

    • How do they support their perspective on the role of “wife”?

  • Consider what comes to mind when you think of the term “wife” based on your own experience, family, and culture.

  • What are some key differences you notice between the essay and short story style?

    Download the Week 3 Worksheet document from this week’s Learning Resources.


  • Save the worksheet to your computer.

  • Follow the instructions on the worksheet as you complete the three required written responses.

  • Write your responses directly on the worksheet. This is the document that will be submitted.


    • The song may be from any time period or country, but lyrics have an English translation available.

  • Summarize and paraphrase the song using proper APA citation rules.

  • Consider how the song offers a social change perspective related to women’s family and community experience.


Identify lyrics within the song that reflect the family and community themes conveyed in this week’s required resources by Ensler, Hamlet, Porter, or Brady.

Post an active link to the lyrics of the song you selected. Include the song title and name of the songwriter with your posting. Use proper APA citation rules.

I’ve attached the worksheet.




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