Ballad of Birmingham

Your second analytical essay is based on one of the poems from the Poetry Foundation You’ll need to analyze theme, tone, symbol, and/or style. A few words from the assigned topics may be tweaked. Just make sure you show the teacher your changes. Your essay must have these components: (1) an introduction, (2) body, (3) conclusion, (4) thesis statement, (5) good development, (6) topic sentences, and (7) transition words. Your paper must be double-spaced, three full pages (about 800 words), and written in 12 point font. You must cite your main source (primary source), and adhere to MLA style formatting. You must incorporate a minimum of three secondary sources. Your similarity score on Turn-It-In should not be higher than 30%.

You may also use any symbolism or literary dictionary, or The Literary Reference Center in Galileo to help you gain a deeper meaning of the text.

Sample thesis statements:

  1. In “Title,” the symbols in the poem are used to reveal A, B, and C.
  2. In “Title” the tone and symbols are used to reflect the theme.
  3. In “Title,” the style tone is used to display the theme.
  4. In (title of work), (author) uses (literary device) to (accomplish, develop, illustrate, strengthen) (element of work).

25 In (title of work), (author) uses (one aspect) to (define, strengthen, illustrate) the (element of work).


Introduction (at least 5-6 sentences)

Your introduction should be about five to six sentences long (including your thesis).
Preferably, your thesis should have three clear points. You may have a two-point thesis, but you still need to have three body paragraphs.
Mention the name of the author and the author’s work.

Body Paragraphs (at least 9-10 sentences)

A standard essay has three body paragraphs. You must analyze something! Do not summarize!
Each body paragraph should start with a transition word and have a topic sentence. Most paragraphs are about nine-10 lines long.
All body paragraphs should have well-developed examples. Write precise, thorough examples to prove your thesis.
Transition words (meanwhile, furthermore, therefore, finally, first, second, in conclusion)
Topic sentences
You should have at least one in-text citation per body paragraph from the primary source (no more than two in-text citations per body paragraph, including blended or direct with signal phrases, quotation marks, and parentheticals). You should also support your interpretations of the text using secondary source material, especially when your interpretation is non-traditional or out of the box.

Conclusion (at 5-6 sentences)

Your conclusion should restate the main idea of your essay in an interesting way.

Grammar and Mechanics

No glaring grammar mistakes (fragments, agreement issues, verb tense shifts, run-ons, comma splices, wordiness, awkward sentence structures, no comma errors or punctuation errors, misspelled, no grammar and mechanics related errors)
Mature vocabulary, diction, and syntax are evident.
Sentence structure shows control and some variety

Audience and Tone

Academic papers require the use of formal language.
Avoid slang language (no text message language).
Use the third person point of view (he, she, one, a person, etc.), not the first person point of view (I), or the second person point of view (you). 

Works Cited Page

Yiquou must have a works cited page.

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