Essay 1: Critical Analysis of a Short Story
Worth: 100 points
Due Date: Friday, July 1, 2016
Steps to Follow:
- Read Chapter 40 in your textbook “Writing About a Story” pages 1315-1337, including the sample student essays which provide examples of the various ways to approach this type of essay: Explication, Analysis, Comparison/contrast, and Response paper.
This reading will give you important background information on how to begin and write these types of essays.
- See pages 1338: TOPICS FOR WRITING MORE EXTENDED PAPERS (600-1000 WORDS). Choose one of the topics from #’s 1-6 for doing your essay.
- Choose a short story (or short stories) from those found in Chapter 11: Stories for Further Reading in your Literature textbook, pages 338-445.
Things to Keep in Mind:
- You must type this essay in MLA format, which means including a Works Cited page that correctly lists the story/stories you refer to in your writing.
- See Rules for Writers textbook MLA section and MLA Info tab on the main menu of the Blackboard site for this course for more on this.
- In the 8th edition of Rules for Writers, there is general information on how to do a Works Cited page on p. 470-471.
- In the 8th edition of Rules for Writers, see p. 491, #35 for how to list one selection from an anthology or a collection.
- If you have another edition of Rules for Writers, these sections are in those editions too but you’ll have to see the index for page numbers.
- Do NOT use outside sources for this analysis: I want to read what your analysis, interpretation, and thoughts are on this story, not what others have said.
- Do not plagiarize. Here are ways to avoid plagiarism:
- Do not look on the internet or elsewhere for what others have had to say about the story you chose as your focus for this essay. I know it is tempting—but Don’t Do It!
- Have confidence in your ability to find meaning in the story, to express those thoughts in your own words, and to back up what you think. Focus on making a reasonable and logical argument for your interpretation.
- Know the rules for MLA formatting an academic essay correctly.
- Know the rules for MLA in-text citations including how to cite a direct quote, summary, or paraphrase of the story you are writing about.
- If you are finding it difficult to come up with something to say about the story, then choose another story. Find one that is easy for you to understand, has a theme you can relate to, or one that you find memorable.
See the next page for how this essay will be Graded.
How this Essay will be evaluated:
|Thesis: all essays require a thesis.
|Development & Support for the thesis and other major claims:
|Use of Standard English:
|TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE = 100|
PLAGIARISM: If plagiarism is suspected, this paper will not be graded or scored until that issue is resolved.
Please Note: Your paper will receive “0” points if MLA formatting and citation is NOT done correctly because this is a form of plagiarism. Contact the instructor if you need help with this. You will be asked to revise with corrections and resubmit in order to earn points.
Approximate Grading Scale:
90-100 pts ~A 80-89 pts~B 70-79 pts~C 60-69 pts~D Below 60~F