Actual Paper Assignment:
- Discuss character development and how it is evidenced in one of the stories will have examined.
Directions: The paper should be 2-3 pages long, not one and a half pages and no more than four and a half pages long. Be sure to have a cover sheet which consists of the title of your essay and your name (both should be centered), The date, class subject and time the class meets along with my name should be on the lower-right hand side of the cover sheet (single spaced). This page is NOT numbered. After this, your essay should start at the top of the page, must be numbered at the top of the page, centered or in the right hand corner, and double-spaced.
The content must adhere to the following directions: In the introduction, you must create the occasion or context for your essay. You MUST also state clearly and definitively the thesis for the paper and identify the title and author of the article you will be analyzing.
The body of your essay should be focused on supporting your central thesis. Remember that this is a process.
- Make a claim (That’s your introduction’s thesis)
- Provide evidence (This appears in the body where you paraphrase, summate and occasionally quote from the literature, or where you make reference to a secondary work to back up your claim). Explain evidence- this is really tough. If you can’t explain how you read and understood what you’ve said is the work’s message or point, your grade will suffer tremendously. Be sure you don’t try to overcomplicate things and that you can state an idea clearly to yourself and then to me, the reader. Also, be sure to touch on ideas discussed in the classroom.
Do’s & Don’ts When Writing a Literary Essay
- Use quotes and/or situations to support your assertions.
- Stay in the present tense when analyzing the story unless the action in the actual story happened in the past.
- Do not re-tell the story. Remember the focus is not the story at all.
- Do not use contractions.
- Refer to the author by the last name
- Be sure to italicize the title of the story.
- Be sure to document quotations correctly
- Plan your essay out. Know what you want to discuss and in what order.
- Write drafts and try not to focus so much on grammar until your last two drafts. Clearly organized and well-thought ideas are far more important.
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