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English

“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

Literary Analysis
Assignment Sheet
Points Possible:
Final Copy: 100 Points
Purpose:
The essay is designed to help you begin writing detailed responses to works of literature based upon our course readings.
Prompt:
Write an Analysis of One or Some of the Short Stories We Have Read
Short Story 1: “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
Short Story 2: “The Lottery”
Organization:
Your rhetorical purpose is to convince your audience, be sure to clearly employ reasonable ideas and valid evidence to support your message.
Format:
Use MLA guidelines as outlined at Purdue OWL.
Format your final copy in Word (doc or docx).
Sources:
To support your argument, utilize sources from our library databases. As these short stories are iconic, you will find a number of resources. Also, refrain from using Wikipedia, Sparknotes, Shmoop, Gradesaver, or other generalized internet sources. Only use sources where the author’s identity is known and you can determine authorial credibility.
If you have to use a source such as Shmoop, keep the citing to a minimum and certainly do not make it the only source you use.
Keep in mind that one of the course outcomes is the correct use sources in MLA format through in-text citations and the Works Cited. Multiple documentation errors will count heavily against your essay grade.
As noted on the article, “Citing sources: Overview”:
It’s important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
To show your reader you’ve done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list
Need more help? Go here: https://libguides.mit.edu/citing
Late Work:
Unless arranged prior to the assigned deadline, late work will not be accepted. All assignments will officially be due when class begins that day. See course schedule for the specific date the assignment is due.
General Directions:
Write an essay which responds to the prompt. The focus of this essay is writing about literature, so be sure to employ specific, vivid, descriptive, and detailed language.
Submit final copy to your D2L course site.
Your essay should:
Be at least 5 pages–that means you need to exceed the fifth page.
Use MLA formatting–include a Works Cited.
Don’t forget: Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman or Georgia 12-point font
Your essay should consider:
Audience (what do they need to know)
Purpose (inform, entertain, persuade)
Organization
Language choice and style
Types of evidence (facts, quotes, statistics, case studies, etc.)
Illustrations, examples, and descriptions
Voice and tone
Grading Criteria
Grade A:
Qualities of B plus:
A more extensive vocabulary and an awareness of the expressive possibilities of language which could include greater sentence variety, use of figurative language, position and emphasis and other sophisticated rhetorical devices.
Demonstrates original thought, or shows an obvious development beyond the stipulated research requirements.
Evidence that the student has apprehended the complexities of the subject.
Grade B:
Thesis: clearly stated, appropriate and mature.
Organization: material arranged according to an apparent logic and appropriate plan. A competent beginning interests reader and the ending shows relationship to the beginning.
Paragraph: coherent with smooth transitions.
Language: precise, economical use of an appropriate vocabulary; evidence of ability to use abstractions.
Content: mature and substantial with relative points and illustrative material; use of sentence variety.
Mechanics: errors in spelling and internal punctuation not common or serious enough to confuse meaning; no sign of carelessness in beginning and end punctuation.
Grade C:
Thesis: clearly stated but rather commonplace.
Organization: satisfactory, though transitions between main ideas may not be well developed.
Paragraphs: adequate but not skillful development; too many unsupported generalities; there may be unconscious repetitions which serve no rhetorical purpose.
Language: generally appropriate to audience.
Mechanics: errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation do not obscure meaning.
Style: uses MLA or assigned style.
Length: meets minimum page length expectations.
Grade D:
Thesis: present, but may be weak and not well thought out.
Organization: present, but not always logical nor consistently adhered to.
Paragraphs: sometimes lack coherence; beginning and ending not effective; over dependence on simple sentences.
Mechanics: several serious mechanical errors; misspellings confuse reader.
Content: Ideas lacking in depth and maturity.
Documentation of Sources: significant errors in Works Cited and/or in-text citations.
Length: does not meet minimum page length expectations.
Grade F:
Thesis: present, but may be weak and not well thought out.
Organization: present, but not always logical nor consistently adhered to.
Paragraphs: sometimes lack coherence; beginning and ending not effective; over dependence on simple sentences.
Mechanics: several serious mechanical errors; misspellings confuse reader.
Content: Ideas lacking in depth and maturity.
Documentation of Sources: no Works Cited and/or no in-text citations.
Length: does not Meets minimum page length expectation.
Adapted from: Guidelines for Evaluating Essays