LENGTH: Approximately 3 1/2 to 4 pages–900-1000 words.
FORMAT: Use MLA format (see MLA information & samples in the Essay 1 Folder.
TITLE: Come up with an original, relevant, interesting title (not “Essay 2”).
PRIMARY SOURCE: You will be writing about your choice of one of the following short stories:
- “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver
- “A & P” by John Updike
- “Recitatif” by Toni Morrison
- “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien
- Select one of the module response prompts for the story you have selected.
- You may NOT use the same prompt used for your module response. You have to select a different one. (You are not to “reuse” your work from the module response on the essay.)
REQUIRED SECONDARY SOURCES:
You must quote (not paraphrase) at least two significant times from the respective secondary sources provided with each story. Those are:
1. “Cathedral”: Two or more quotes from one of the articles posted in Module 4.
2. “A & P”: Two or more quotes (total) from either the Interview at the end of the “A & P” video (use the transcript for easier copying) or from “Initiation Stories” (p. 145). (Yes, you can use both, 1 and 1, or more.)
3. “Recitatif”: Two or more quotes from the articles posted in Module 6.
4. “The Things They Carried”: Two or more quotes from any of the three articles (Kaplan, Smith, Farrell) assigned in Module 8.
WORKS CITED: You need a complete Works Cited listing all secondary sources as well as the primary source (the story). See the Module Notes and the handouts and links in the Essay 2 Folder for Works Cited instructions and samples.
POINT OF VIEW: Avoid using first person “I”. And, eliminate any use of second person “you.”
QUOTES FROM THE STORY: You DO need to use brief, relevant quotes from the story to help make your points clear.
INTRODUCTION: Should include the authors and titles of the works being discussed.
THESIS: Should be the last sentence(s) of the introduction. This should be the point/argument you are going to prove in the essay. (Note: This is a “regular” essay, so do not put “Thesis: ” at the top like we do for Module Responses.)
TURNITIN.COM: The paper must be submitted directly to Turnitin.
When I grade this paper, I will look for:
- An introduction that establishes the central issue(s) of the paper and that includes the authors and titles of the works being discussed (the story or stories).
- A strong, clear thesis at the end of the introduction.
- Interesting, original points made about the literature.
- Logical paragraphing. Each paragraph should present a distinct point that helps prove the thesis.
- Good use of relevant quotes from the story to help make the points.
- Good selection and incorporation of the required secondary sources.
- A clean, error-free Works Cited. (The Works Cited is worth 10 points of the essay grade.)
- Proper MLA format throughout.