Write a feminist literary analysis paper on one of the short stories listed from Week #2 or #3. The minimum required word count is 700 words, and the entire paper needs to be in proper MLA Format. Include a works cited page that has an entry for the story and any resources you use (though remember, if you use any outside resources, they need to be scholarly and credible, i.e. no wikipedia, sparknotes, gradesaver, etc.)
Plagiarized work will not earn credit. You will be submitting this essay via Canvas and its plagiarism tool Unicheck to check your work against all available texts on the internet; therefore, if you quote or paraphrase from a source, give the required in-text credit and list the source on the Work Cited page following the latest MLA format guidelines.
REMEMBER–Your essay need to advance an argument of your own about the text(s) you choose – in other words, your essay should have a clear, well-defined thesis, one that takes a stand on the text’s possible meanings, the controversies or differences of opinion it may raise, and/or what it can tell us about feminist writing, issues, philosophies, politics, historical/cultural contexts etc. Because you do not have a lot of space here, one suggestion is to offer a close reading argument. You do that by focusing on one or two specific elements or aspects of the text itself, aspects that could be interpreted in different ways, and then you argue for the validity of your own interpretation of those aspects in particular. It’s a way of narrowing your focus.
Be sure to read the rubric (below) to see how you will be graded
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction/Thesis Statement
20 to >18.0 pts
Very well-developed introduction that establishes the topic/focus of the paper in an engaging and meaningful way. The introduction creates interest in the text addressed and the issue. The introduction makes it clear what text the paper will focus on. It contains accurate and complete information. The thesis is powerfully worded and offers a unique, meaningful, and critical analysis of the text.
18 to >16.0 pts
The introduction establishes the topic/focus of the paper in a clear and understandable way. The introduction makes it clear what text the essay as a whole will address and what issue it answers. While it contains accurate information regarding the topic, some information might be missing and/or the presentation is not very engaging. The thesis offers a clear and unique analysis of the text.
16 to >14.0 pts
A basic introduction that identifies a topic but does not appear to fully understand the topic. The introduction mentions the text that the essay will address, but the issue/topic is unclear or confused. It lacks in accuracy, and vital information is missing. It lacks detail. The thesis contains a topic but the argument/claim is unclear.
14 to >12.0 pts
The introduction is unclear or misleading. The topic and/or text are not firmly established. It is inaccurate and/or missing important information. The thesis is unclear, confusing, and/or does not present a compelling argument or topic.
12 to >0 pts
The introduction is largely confusing and difficult to follow. The thesis is misleading, largely inaccurate, or difficult to find.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDevelopment of Ideas
30 to >27.0 pts
Each body paragraph contains a clear topic sentence that focuses each paragraph around one point. Makes specific and direct reference to information from the text. Details/examples in the body paragraphs are clear, well-chosen, detailed, and well developed. There are enough details and explanation to support the claims being made. All information is accurate and presented in a compelling and convincing manner.
27 to >24.0 pts
Each body paragraph contains a clear topic sentence that focuses each paragraph on one point. Details/examples are taking from the text. Most of the evidence and examples are specific and relevant. Explanations are given that show how each example supports the author’s position, but some details might be underdeveloped or lacking in logic.
24 to >21.0 pts
Some body paragraphs don’t contain a clear topic sentence or might not have as strong a topic sentence as is needed. There are details/examples in each paragraph, but they might be too general to be effective. Explanations are unclear and/or underdeveloped. Some information might be inaccurate or misleading.
21 to >18.0 pts
Many of the paragraphs lack a clear, central idea. They only vaguely address details from the text, and/or they do not support the claim(s) being made. While the paragraph may contain some detail from the text, very important details are missing. The author’s claim/position remains unsupported or underdeveloped. Explanations are misleading and/or confusing.
18 to >0 pts
Body paragraphs do not contain a topic sentence. Details/examples are wrong, lacking, or missing entirely. Connections to the claims are not made. The paragraph is difficult to follow. Large claims are made without any support. Explanations are poorly developed.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOverall Organization
20 to >18.0 pts
Logical progression of details with a clear and effective order that enhances the argument as presented in the thesis statement. The essay provides appropriate and effective transitions. Each paragraph is focused on a single idea. The essay avoids repeating any points/premises.
18 to >16.0 pts
Logical progression of details are in a clear and effective order. Transitions are present, but they do not enhance the overall effectiveness of the paragraph. Paragraphs are generally focused on a single idea. The essay avoids repeating points/premises.
16 to >14.0 pts
Organization is clear. Some transitions are present, while others are either inappropriate or missing. Some paragraphs are unfocused and contain multiple ideas. There is some repetition in ideas.
14 to >12.0 pts
Organization and structure are lacking. The flow of the essay from detail to detail is difficult to understand or implies that important information has been left out. Transitions, if present, are often misleading or inappropriate. Paragraphs are largely unfocused. Organization detracts from the presentation of ideas.
12 to >0 pts
No discernible organization. Transitions are not present.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStyle & Mechanics
Writing is smooth, skillful, and coherent. Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. Consistent and appropriate tone and word choice is used throughout the paragraph. All quotes/paraphrases/summaries from texts are incorporated in ways that enhance the overall argument. No consistent errors in punctuation, spelling, grammar, or capitalization.
Writing is clear and sentences have varied structure. There is consistent tone, and word choice is appropriate but not as strong as it could be. All quotes/paraphrases/summaries from the text are incorporated smoothly and correctly. A few minor consistent errors in punctuation, spelling, grammar, or capitalization, but they do not detract from the overall meaning and effectiveness of the paragraph.
Writing is clear, but sentences may lack variety or contain other redundancies. The tone is inconsistent and word choice, while adequate, sometimes creates confusion. Some quotes/paraphrases/summaries from the text are inappropriately or jarringly incorporated. A few regular errors in punctuation, grammar, spelling, and capitalization that. while distracting, the meaning and intent of the paragraph can still be discerned.
Writing appears rushed or underdeveloped. The overall presentation of the essay displays a lack of proofreading and attention to detail. While the essay MIGHT be readable, it is uncomfortable and unprofessional. Details from the text are not clearly presented.
Writing is confusing and hard to follow. Contains fragments and/or run-on sentences. The tone and purpose is inconsistent and difficult to determine. The word choice is inadequate. Distracting and major errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization detract from meaning.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMLA format
Perfect MLA format; essay is a minimum of 700 words.
2-4 minor errors in MLA formatting; essay is a minimum of 700 words
5+ errors in MLA formatting and/or errors in MLA format; essay is a minimum of 650 words.
MLA formatting not evident. Presentation makes it difficult to read; essay is less than 650 words.
Basic formatting of any kind not present; Presentation is very difficult to read; essay is less than 650 words
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