I have attached the response paper rubric to this order. This essay is a literary analysis on The Awakening written by Kate Chopin. This paper must have a clear argument and thesis, with supporting quotes taken directly from the novel. It is crucial that this paper have a well developed thesis statement.
Response Paper Guidelines
You will write 3 response papers this semester, 1 for each unit. Your response paper for each unit should address a text that we have read since the previous response paper s due date. Response papers should be 2-3 pages long and should follow MLA formatting and citation guidelines. Response papers will be graded as v+ (A quality work), v (B quality work), v- (C quality work), or zero (didn t fulfill the assignment/failure to complete). Your final response paper grade will be an average of the 3. Each response paper grade will also include participation in a peer workshop. Participation in a peer workshop requires a complete printed draft.
Due dates for response papers and peer workshop drafts can be found on the syllabus.
I will use the following criteria when grading your response papers:
strength of argument
use of textual evidence
clarity of prose
evidence of accurate and active engagement with class discussions and readings
participation in peer review workshop
Successful papers will develop a focused argument that requires proof. These response papers are reader-based rather than writer-based; in other words, you are not simply recording your personal responses to a text. Instead, you are writing to persuade a reader that your analysis of a text is valid and interesting.
Successful papers will both interpret and analyze. Interpretation explains what a text means; analysis explains how a text means. I suggest focusing your response on one specific element of a text. A strong analysis will explain how a specific element (e.g. a character, an image, a symbol, a scene) of the text contributes to its larger meaning.
Finally, successful papers will use concrete textual evidence to support an argument. Rather than assuming that the reader is responding to the text in the same way that you are, always follow up a direct quote with careful analysis that explains how the quote is supporting your argument.
**Use your resources! I m always available to review drafts and topic ideas during my office hours.**
A critical analysis does not simply summarize or observe. Above all, your analysis should add to an informed reader s understanding of the text. A successful response paper demonstrates an awareness of class discussion, but also moves that discussion forward by making an independent intervention.
You might consider the following strategies for writing a critical analysis:
Consider how a particular narrative device or formal element contributes to the text s larger meaning (see Literary Analysis below).
View the text through a critical lens. What does a text have to say about its historical moment About gender About race About sexuality
Compare (no more than) 2 texts. A comparison should be purposeful your reader should understand why you have selected your 2 texts for comparison.
A literary analysis considers how a text uses narrative devices and formal elements to express a larger meaning. A text s meaning has to do with the particular statement or argument it makes about a subject. While interpretation considers what a text means, analysis considers how a text communicates that meaning. The meaning of a text is often up for debate. When you propose an interesting argument about a text s meaning, you should support it by analyzing the text s use of some of the following devices. Some of the following questions might help you see begin to articulate a text s larger meaning.
Point of view
Who is telling us the story How are we receiving information What do we know about the narrator Is this narrator s perspective limited in any way
Character and Characterization
What do we know about the characters and how do we know it Are they simple or complex Do any characters undergo significant changes or developments What is the relationship between characters What are their motivations and conflicts How are we encouraged to feel about certain characters
What is the location, historical moment, and/or general social circumstance of the text or of a particular scene How do we learn this information How does the setting establish the general atmosphere or mood of the story or scene
How is the story structured What is the order in which we receive information How does this order differ from the actual chronology of events What is the climax When does the climax occur Is the plot predictable or surprising How does the author establish suspense
What kind of text is it How does genre determine how the author must approach his or her subject Does the text obey or deviate from generic conventions
How does the text appeal to our senses, especially in its description of visual objects and scenes What is the purpose of these descriptions
Do specific characters or objects seem to stand in for larger ideas or concepts Do these images, characters, or objects have literal and figurative meanings Are symbols used to convey conventional or unexpected associations
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