Writing Assignment #1

Here are the topic choices:

? Discuss how the main characters change (or don?t change) in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find.? Do you think the grandmother undergoes a transformation? Do you think the Misfit undergoes a change? What do you think O?Connor is trying to suggest about faith?

? Discuss themes of the Old South vs. New South or resistance to change in ?A Rose for Emily.? How does the setting in the story connect with either of these themes?

? Compare the narration used in ?Cathedral? with that used in ?A Rose for Emily.? What is the point of view and tone of the narrator, and how does it connect to important theme/s in the texts?

The essay should be four pages, and it should include the following:

? six to eight quotes
(It's not necessary to use outside sources for this, but you can if you would like to do so.)
? a strong thesis
? formal language
? an attention-getting introduction and a strong conclusion
? focused paragraphs

It should be in proper MLA format:

? 1 inch margins on all sides, except for the pagination header ? inch from the top
? indent the first line of each paragraph ? inch from the left
? indent long quotations (more than 3 lines) 1 inch from the left
? double-spaced throughout, with no extra spaces between any parts
? 11- or 12-point Times New Roman font

You must also follow all MLA rules regarding how to quote literary works, cite and document sources, and avoid plagiarism. Look in your Easy Writer or visit the OWL Website if you need help with MLA guidelines.


** Rubric is on the second page.











Thesis
(development, specific details) Content
(understanding, interpretation, analysis) Organization
(structure, paragraphing) Language
(grammar, clarity of language) Page length/
citations
A The thesis is clear in the introduction and throughout the paper. Main points support the thesis statement. Develops ideas clearly and elaborates by using specific textual evidence.
Offers insightful interpretations of the text with analysis that goes well beyond a literal level. Reveals an insightful understanding of the author?s use of literary elements and techniques. Includes strong textual evidence to support ideas. Each paragraph contains one main idea, and ideas within paragraphs are organized. Essay is structured effectively. Makes skillful use of transition words and phrases. Draft is free of comma and spelling errors, sentence fragments, fused sentences, and faulty subject-verb agreement. Language is precise, engaging, sophisticated, and formal. Incorporates a wide range of varied sentence patterns.
Paper is at least four pages. Sources are cited correctly using MLA format.
B The thesis is mostly clear in the introduction and throughout the paper. Develops ideas and explains key textual evidence, though not adequately in some places.
Offers accurate interpretations of the text with analysis that goes beyond a literal level. Reveals an understanding of the author?s use of literary elements and techniques. Includes adequate textual evidence to support ideas. Most paragraphs contain one main idea, and ideas within paragraphs are mostly organized. Essay is structured effectively, though a few changes could be made. Makes use of transition words and phrases. Draft is mostly free of comma and spelling errors, sentence fragments, fused sentences, and faulty subject-verb agreement. Language is formal in most places. Incorporates some varied sentence patterns.
Paper is less than four pages. Citation is mostly in correct MLA format.
C The thesis is not always clear, and/or the main ideas don't always seem to support the thesis. Develops some ideas more fully than others. Conveys an accurate although somewhat basic understanding of the text and offers partially explained and/or somewhat literal interpretations. Includes textual evidence to support ideas, though more is needed. Exhibits a basic structure but is disorganized in places. Makes an inconsistent attempt to use transition words. Ideas within paragraphs inconsistently organized in places, and/or several paragraphs contain more than one main idea. Draft includes several of the following grammar errors: comma and spelling errors, sentence fragments, fused sentences, and faulty subject-verb agreement. Uses appropriate language and makes some attempt to use sentence variety but with uneven success.
Paper is three pages or less. Includes some MLA citation errors.
D Develops ideas briefly or partially, using some textual evidence but without much elaboration and reveals a vague understanding of the author?s use of literary elements and techniques. Conveys a partly accurate understanding of the text and offers few or superficial interpretations. Includes little textual evidence to support ideas. Ideas within paragraphs are inconsistently organized. Exhibits some attempt to provide a beginning, middle, and an end, but