Directions: The paper should be 3-4 pages long, not two and a half pages and no more than four and a half pages long. Be sure to use MLA 8 format or have a cover sheet which consists of the title of your essay and your name (both should be centered), The date, class subject and time the class meets along with my name (Dr. Stayton) should be on the lower-right hand side of the cover sheet (single spaced). This page is NOT numbered. After this, your essay should start at the top of the page, must be numbered at the top of the page, centered or in the right hand corner, and double-spaced.
The content must adhere to the following directions: In the introduction, you must create the occasion or context for your essay. You MUST also state clearly and definitively the thesis for the paper and identify the title and author of the article you will be analyzing.
The body of your essay should be focused on supporting your central thesis. Be sure to stay in the present tense. Remember that this is a process.
Make a claim (Thats your introductions thesis)
Provide evidence (This appears in the body where you paraphrase, summate and occasionally quote from the literature, or where you make reference to a secondary work to back up your claim). Explain evidence- this is really tough. If you cant explain how you read and understood what youve said is the works message or point, your grade will suffer tremendously. Be sure you dont try to overcomplicate things and that you can state an idea clearly to yourself and then to me, the reader. Also be sure to touch on ideas discussed in the classroom.
Do not retell the story. Your focus should be on explaining the literary device and how it is observed in the selected story.