Essay #1: Critical Analysis
Text of Your Choice
Assignment: Write a critical analysis of one of the poems or essays we have read thus far this semester (listed below). Explain the primary theme of the text and provide examples to support your position. You must commentate on and analyze the poem thoroughly; simple summary will not suffice. Explore the characters, setting, dialogue, etc. in relation to what you feel the author was trying to “say.” There is no one correct interpretation; there may be several perspectives. I will be grading you on whether or not you can back up your interpretation with specific examples from the text.
Texts to Choose From:
“On Ageing” by Maya Angelou
“Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson
“Time-Travel” by Sharon Olds
“All My Grandmother’s Could Sing Most Died Young” by Maria Mullinaux Lemon
“They Shut My Grandmother’s Room Door” by Andrew Lam
“So What Do You Want From Us Here?” by Barbara Myerhoff
“The Unknown Citizen” by W. H. Auden
Due Dates: If you are absent either of these days, please still upload your paper to Schoology by the time class begins. Remember that according to the syllabus, each day a paper is late it drops one letter grade. DO YOUR BEST TO SUBMIT ON TIME!
Rough Draft*** — Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Format: These papers must be 3-4 pages long. They must be typed using 12 point Times New Roman or similar font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins and page numbers. You must create a title for your paper.
***Please Note: Your peers will read your essay in a workshop activity, so please bring one physical copy to class on 10/9 and upload a copy to Schoology for me to edit.
The paper will be worth 150 points and will be graded as follows:
Thesis: The paper presents a clear analysis of the text’s theme –50 points
Evidence: The paper uses compelling supporting evidence to back up its claims, findings, and analysis–40 points
Content: The paper showcases a mastery of the content in the text –30 points
Format:The paper follows specific formatting directions –20 points
Mechanics:The paper is free from spelling, grammar, and syntactical errors –10 points