The major assignment for this week is to compose a 900-word essay on Antigone. In this paper you will write an in-depth analysis using your own ideas and excerpts from the play in the form of quotes, paraphrases, or summaries.
As you prepare to write this essay, make sure you understand what you are being asked to do.
Pick a Topic
First, identify a topic in consultation with your instructor or write about one of the following options:
Develop a character analysis of Antigone. You may argue for or against one of the positions stated above or you may take another direction. One thing to consider in your discussion is whether she is successful despite her suicide.
Develop a Tentative Thesis
As you consider different options for your thesis:
Gather evidence that is likely to support your tentative thesis. At this point, there is no need to use “outside” sources to complete the essay. You will have an opportunity to do that next week. For now, your evidence should consist of experiential knowledge (what you have learned through life experience) and quotes, paraphrases, or summaries from the play’s text.
Next, choose one of the prewriting techniques discussed in chapter 3c, “Invent and Prewrite,” of The New Century Handbook and begin prewriting.
Write your rough draft. You are not required to submit it, but you should acquire the habit of writing one for every essay you compose in this and other classes.
Revise and Edit
Proofread the rough draft to ensure:
Name your document SU_ENG2002_W2_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc. By Tuesday, October 28, 2014, submit the final draft of your essay in a Microsoft Word document to the W2: Assignment 2 Dropbox.
|Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
|Wrote a complete introduction that engages your classmates’ interest, explains the topic, provides a detailed thesis that identifies your argument, briefly states the main evidence, and maps the paper for your audience.
|Used key passages and quotations from the text to support and defend your thesis. Supporting examples and quotations are fully analyzed. The link between the thesis and the evidence is clearly explained.
|Examined in your essay’s discussion of evidence what the text suggests about the culture, literary movements, philosophies, or ideologies that influenced it.
|Organized the paper effectively with unified paragraphs, each of which has a topic sentence and effective transitions to the next paragraph.
|Provided an appropriate conclusion that reinforces the paper’s main ideas without repeating the introduction word for word.
|Met the word requirement.
|Communicated clearly using your own words for the majority of the paper with correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling throughout.
|Formatted the paper in APA style throughout.
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