PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Being Our Own Pupils

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“I will learn from me, from myself, I will be my own pupil.”Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

This week, we began crafting our own unique, individual questions based on a topic of interest from the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse in order to write a 2-4 page literary analysis essay.

Some examples of students’ questions are:

  • How do the characters in the novel help or hinder Siddhartha on his journey?
  • What can nature teach us?
  • What is the role of the word OM in the novel?
  • How does Hesse’s use of antiquated language contribute to the reader’s experience?
  • How do snakes function as symbols of both danger and rebirth in the novel?

The essay guidelines are as follows:

  • Create your own question
  • Do outside research using credible sources to build background knowledge on your topic (Cite your source in Works Cited page at the end of the essay)
  • Analyze the text to find insight that helps answer your question
  • Use strong and thorough evidence (QUOTES) from the novel to prove your thesis
  • Organize your ideas in a cohesive and coherent manner
  • Maintain a formal style of writing that incorporates academic and Sanskrit vocabulary and your own individual writing voice. NO YOU’s or I’s!!!
  • Follow the conventions of standard written English, including correct comma usage
  • Incorporate a variety of sentence structures. There should be no fragments or run-on sentences in your paper
  • Follow the format taught in class for how to write an effective introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion

Due Dates:

Rough draft, Monday, May 8th

Published Piece, Friday, May 12th