Essay 2: Analysis This essay focuses on the rhetorical task of analysis.

Essay 2:  Analysis

This essay focuses on the rhetorical task of analysis.   In this essay, you are invited to write an essay that examines the importance of survivance in Native American culture, in response to the following prompt:

Anishinaabe scholar Gerald Vizenor defines survivance as “an active sense of presence, the continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable name. Native survivance stories are renunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry.” More than just survival, survivance encompasses stewardship of the legacies of Native innovation, as well as nourishing and revitalizing Indigenous culture and forms of knowledge. Narrativity plays a critical role in resisting colonization by anchoring presence with the power of language and ceremony. (Abreu)

Write an essay that analyzes how survivance in Native American culture works to resist oppression.  As part of your response, you should consider the following questions:

What kinds of oppression/adversity do Native Americans currently face?

How does the historical oppression of Native Americans contribute to current experiences of oppression/adversity?

How do Native American authors and/or artists represent survivance in their creative works?

How does survivance resist oppression/adversity?

For this assignment, you may not incorporate sources other than the course texts (including the materials from the weekly folders). One of these texts MUST be The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  

The essay should be 750-1000 words in length (about 3-4 pages).  Your essay should have a title, introduction, and thesis that responds to the prompt.  Remember to use MEAL plan paragraph structure, quote sandwiches, and MLA format for citation format and document style.

This essay is due to your groups for peer review by 11:59 p.m. on October 27.

This essay is due for grading by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3.

Your essay will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Development of Ideas

Does the essay respond fully to the prompt?

Does the essay fully develop a central argument?

Are supporting points fully explained and supported with evidence and reasoning?

Use of Evidence

Are sources effectively used in the essay to support the essay’s claims?

Are sources fully explained?  

Are connections between sources and the claims they are supporting clear?

Are sources properly cited in MLA format?


Does the essay have a clear thesis statement?

Are paragraphs organized in support of a single idea?