Short Story Project and Essay
The Writing Prompt: Using 2 of the 4 short stories
that you read for this unit, write a 2-3 page
thesis-driven essay in which you analyze, through
comparison and contrast,the literary and thematic
elements related to your group's prompt. Use MLA
format for all quotes and paraphrases.
- Excellent Draft is due by Sunday, 10/20 -- NO LATE PASSES!!
- Peer Editing on Monday, 10/21
Assignment for Friday, 10/4
1. Google your short stories and read some other reviews of your stories. If you decide to use any of these ideas, make sure you cite them in your essay. (Go to Easybib for citations.) Easybib.com
2. Look at the following websites and really plan out/draft your paper. Begin by reading the following three articles.
- Writing The Prompt Paper: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/713/02/
- Building an Argument: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/713/06/
- Organizing Compare/Contrast Essays: http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/docs/handouts/Organization_CompareContrast.pdf
3. Now you may want to read this article on reverse outlining BEFORE you look at your notes from class. This is a good way to begin re-organizing your essay.
- Reverse Outlining: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/689/01
4. Really spend time thinking aobut your main points. Draft an organizer. Look again at the "Organizing Compare and Contrast Essays" from step 1 above.
5. After you have planned out your essay, begin writing. Make sure you incorporate quotes using MLA format.
- MLA Format: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/
(Caution: your essay will need more than three body
paragraphs in order to fulfill the 3-5 page assignment.)