Assignment 2: Literary Analysis
The major assignment for this week is to compose a 900-word essay on a central theme that appears in one of the selected readings: The Metamorphosis or The Waste Land. In this paper you will write an in-depth analysis using your own ideas, scholarly research, and excerpts from the story in the form of quotes, paraphrase, or summary.
As you prepare to write this essay, make sure you understand what you are being asked to do.
Pick a Topic
First, identify a topic in consultation with your instructor or write about one of the following options:
Develop a Tentative Thesis
As you consider different options for your thesis,
Gather evidence that is likely to support your tentative thesis. Your evidence should consist of quotes, paraphrases, or summaries from the text.
Next, choose one of the prewriting techniques discussed in chapter 3c, “Invent and Prewrite,” of The New Century Handbook and begin prewriting.
Write your rough draft. You are not required to submit it, but you should acquire the habit of writing one for every essay you compose in this and other classes.
Revise and Edit
Proofread the rough draft to ensure that the
View this partial example of a rough draft with student notes about the thesis and topic sentences
Use this APA Citation Helper as a convenient reference for properly citing resources.
This APA formatting handout will help you set up your essay using APA style.
Name your document SU_ENG2003_W5_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc. By Tuesday, March 1, 2016, submit your rough draft in a Microsoft Word document to the W5: Assignment 2 Dropbox.
|Assignment 2 Grading Criteria||Maximum Points|
|Wrote a complete introduction that engages your classmates’ interest, explains the topic, provides a detailed thesis that identifies your argument, briefly states the main evidence, and maps the paper for your audience.||20|
|Used key passages and quotations from the text to support and defend your thesis. Supporting examples and quotations are fully analyzed. The link between the thesis and the evidence is clearly explained.||40|
|Outside sources were effectively incorporated into the paper.||20|
|Examined in your essay’s discussion what the text suggests about the culture, philosophies, or ideologies that influenced it.||20|
|Organized the paper effectively with unified paragraphs, each of which has a topic sentence and effective transitions to the next paragraph.||20|
|Provided an appropriate conclusion that reinforces the paper’s main ideas.||20|
|Met the word requirement (900).||20|
|Communicated clearly using your own words for the majority of the paper with correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling throughout.||20|
|Formatted the paper in APA style throughout, including a title page, running head, headings between sections, in-text citations, and a references page.||20|
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