6/1/2016 Print 1 Beginning Our Literary Journey VideoBlocks Learning Objectives After reading this chapter, you should be able to do the following:...
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Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length, not including

references. In your post, answer the following questions:

-What does literature offer an individual?
-How has the importance of reading changed from earlier eras (pre-digital/audio/visual media) to our present day? Do you think we read differently now than we did in prior generations?
-Do you think Clugston’s quote is valid? How have perceptions regarding the value of literature changed, if at all?
-What causes people’s perceptions regarding the value of literature to change?
-Incorporate readings found in Chapters 1 through 3 to help illustrate the points you make.

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6/1/2016 Print https://content.ashford.edu/print/AUENG125.14.1?sections=navpoint­6,navpoint­7,navpoint­8,navpoint­9,navpoint­10,navpoint­11,navpoint­12,navpoint­13,navpo… 1/68 1 Beginning Our Literary Journey © VideoBlocks Learning Objectives After reading this chapter, you should be able to do the following: Identify the different ways in which you connect to literature. Recognize and utilize explanatory notes to enhance your reading experience. Discuss the characters and activities presented in the poem "The Red Hat." Discuss the characters and activities presented in the short story "A & P." Discuss the characters and activities presented in the poem "Oranges." "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." —Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Reading literature that tells a story introduces you to an imaginary world. You are pulled away from a living, breathing world into one that was created in the mind of the author. Its situations and experiences may resemble ones you are familiar with; many of them may even be based in part on real situations, but they are imaginary— shaped by the imagination of the person who created them. To experience literature, you must make an intentional decision to turn yourself over to an imaginary realm. How many times have you heard someone say, "I'm having a hard time getting into this story"? Maybe you've said that
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