I assign this essay in my literature courses as the second or third major writing assignment so students feel comfortable close reading a single text before they balance analyzing two texts.
For the second paper, propose an original argument that compares howtwo texts we have read this semester portray and definethe criminal or crime. Support your argument with precise, relevant close readings of direct quotes from both texts. You are free to choose any text we have read this semester, including The Laramie Project, which we will begin the first week of April. However, to show the breadth of your knowledge, you must choose two texts that you have not yet written about. So, for example, if you wrote about Northanger Abbey for the close reading essay, you could compare the criminal in "Black Dog" and "A Woman is Talking to Death." Draft Workshop: Thursday, March 30
Bring in one copy of a skeleton outline (same setup as the Close Reading essay) for an in-class workshop. You will not upload this; if you would like my feedback, please bring your draft and specific questions in during office hours.
Final Draft: Friday, April 14
Upload to ICON by 11:59 p.m.
Formatting The paper should be formatted according to MLA guidelines (see ICON and the Purdue OWL website): double-spaced, 1” margins, heading, in-text citations, Works Cited page, Times New Roman 12-point font. The final draft must be at least 4 full pages, not including the Works Cited page. For the requirements of an academic essay, see “Other Requirements” on the Close Reading Essay assignment sheet and read through the rubric on ICON.
Grading: Please see ICON for an expanded rubric on the final draft grade. Participating in the class workshop counts for 1/3 of a letter grade. Failing to include the assigned aspects of each part of the process requirement will also lower your grade (e.g. not bringing in a full skeleton outline of writing for the draft). Please see the syllabus for the late policy for major essays.