ENGLISH LIT PAPER

1. Write your own original piece following the style of one piece we read. You could craft your own religious allegory using the American church or rewrite the General Prologue in Modern English.  Possibly you would like to write your own Soldier’s Tale or Mother’s Tale.  Creativity is key here. 

2. Recast one of the works in another form.  For example, turn the “Miller’s Tale” into a script for a popular sitcom (using those sitcom characters as stand-ins for Chaucer’s characters), or rewrite one of the pieces we’ve read as a play. Be creative–just be sure to submit ideas for approval before WEDNESDAY of week seven, so that we have a chance to discuss it. 

3. Select any piece we’ve read and modernize it for a new generation.

Note that this assignment should include an author’s note at the beginning to explain what the project actually is. Also, all MLA rules should be followed to include quoting when appropriate with in-text citations and a works cited section. 

LITR210 Essay Rubric

 

 

EXEMPLARY

LEVEL

A

18-20

10

ACCOMPLISHED

LEVEL

B

16-17

8-9

DEVELOPING

LEVEL

C

14-15

6-7

BEGINNING

LEVEL

D

13 or below

5 or below

Argument: Letter Grade (/80)

 

Purpose and Audience

 

/20

The writing engages the reader with an original approach to the subject.  It may encompass conflicting ideas and inspires the reader to contemplate the relationship of complex ideas.

 

The writer has used all required elements of MLA format.

 

 

The writing clearly goes beyond the minimum requirements of the assignment.  It attempts to engage the reader through originality and presentation of complex ideas.

 

The writer has used most of the required elements of MLA formatting, but may be missing one.

 

 

 

The writing meets the minimum requirements of the assignment.  It offers insight into the subject through basic logic and the presentation of ideas based on some evidence.

 

The writer has used some of the required elements of MLA formatting, but may be missing a significant number (two or more).

 

 

The writing fails to meet the minimum requirements of the assignment.  It offers little insight into the subject and has serious flaws in logic and omissions in evidence.

 

The writer has used few or no elements of MLA formatting.

 

 

 

 

Thesis and Support

 

/20

 

 

 

The writing has a clearly articulated original thesis and key points supported by relevant evidence from the text and/or original research. In addition, all evidence has been clearly and thoroughly interpreted for readers. The writing shows an accurate understanding of the events of the text and identifies all characters and their relationships to each other and the events of the text accurately. The essay discusses specific interpretations of the text and is able to associate those interpretations with specific events and characters in the text through well-explained close reading of quotations.

 

The writing has a clearly articulated thesis and key points supported by appropriate, well-interpreted evidence and sound logic, though minor gaps in logic and argument may appear. The essay shows an accurate understanding of the events of the text and identifies all characters and their relationships to each other and the events of the text accurately. The writing discusses specific interpretations of the text, but may not make the connection between the evidence from the text and the interpretations completely clear. Quotations used may be a bit longer and less precisely used, and may need more clear close reading in order to be fully accessible to readers.

The writing has a thesis and related key points supported by  evidence.  Logical arguments may be one-sided or incomplete, and evidence may not be clearly or thoroughly interpreted. The essay may show some confusion concerning the events and characters of the text and the relationships between characters and events. The writing discusses specific interpretations of the text, but refers to those interpretation generally, rather than associating them with specific events and characters. The writer did not use quotations in a focused way, but instead relied on general references to the text or summaries and/or large chunks of quotation from the text.

The writing may need a more clearly articulated thesis and/or appropriate key points.  Fuzzy logic may be evident and adequate supporting evidence is lacking. The essay shows some notable confusion concerning the events and characters of the text, and the relationships between characters and events, or the references to the text may be so general that it’s impossible to determine how well the writer understood the text. Though the essay may give some interpretations of the text, the case made for those interpretations uses inaccurate or incorrect readings of the text. No quotations have been used and summaries/textual references are unclear or inaccurate.

 

 

Organization

 

/20

 

The essay flows smoothly and logically from a well-defined thesis.  It contains an effective introduction and conclusion, smooth transitions, and well-constructed, coherent paragraphs.

The essay is organized logically.  An introduction and conclusion are evident, though they may be missing one or more elements of a strong introduction or conclusion. Transitions could be smoother both between and within paragraphs.

The essay demonstr
ates rudimentary organization and logical structure, but paragraph construction may be lacking important elements such as clear focus, topic sentences, or internal and external transitions. An identifiable introduction and conclusion may be present, but do not give readers the expected information.

The essay is noticeably lacking in organization.  There is no clear introduction or conclusion and paragraphs lack clear structure. The logic ordering the ideas in the essay is not clear, and it may also be visually confusing.

 

Style

 

/20

 

 

 

The writing engages the reader through an original prose style appropriate to the subject.  Language is precise.  Sentences are varied but not noticeably so.  Active voice is apparent, and the writer uses the correct voicing (first or third person) as specified by the assignment.

 

The writing keeps the reader’s attention through a carefully crafted prose style.  Language chosen is appropriate to the subject, but may call attention to itself in minor ways. The writer uses the correct voicing (first or third person) as specified by the assignment but may have other voicing creeping in from time to time.

The writing is clear but the style used is not entirely appropriate to the subject.  It may require a more complete explanation of some terms used. For the most part the writer uses the correct voicing (first or third person) as specified by the assignment, but may have other voicing creeping in from time to time.

The writing lacks clarity and is sometimes confusing.  The language chosen is not appropriate to the subject nor the assignment. The writer has not used the correct voicing (first or third person) as specified by the assignment.

Comments

 

Citation

/10

 

MLA In-text Citations and Works Cited List

The writer has correctly formatted parenthetical citations, and smoothly integrated informative and clear signal phrases. Quotations are clearly marked and formatted correctly, and paraphrases clearly distinguished as paraphrases. No questions are left as to what material is from sources and what material is from the writer him- or herself.

 

The writer has correctly formatted and arranged the works cited list following MLA guidelines.

The writer has correctly formatted most parenthetical citations and integrated signal phrases. Quotations are clearly marked (though long quotations may not be formatted correctly) and paraphrases are clearly distinguished from the writer’s own material. There may be a some minor questions as to exactly where material from sources ends and material from the writer begins, but for the most part these distinctions are clear.

 

For the most part, the works cited list is correctly formatted and arranged, but the writer has mis-formatted or mis-arranged a few items.

The writer has attempted to use citations, but has had some trouble with formatting. There is some indication of what material is a quotation or paraphrase, but the formatting may somewhat confusing. Many questions are left as to what is source material and what is material from the writer, but it is clear that the writer has been trying to cite his or her sources.

 

The works cited list has some correct formatting/arrangement, but has significant amounts of missing information or incorrect formatting/arrangement.

There are no in-text citations at all, or only a very few that are impossible to connect to any of the sources in the works cited list. Material from the source blends into material from the writer, so that it is impossible to sort out one from the other.

 

The works cited list is incorrectly formatted with almost no use of MLA works cited style requirements, or there is no works cited list at all.

 

OR

 

Citations are in a different formatting style such as APA or Chicago.

Comments

 

Detail-level Structure

/10

 

 

Grammar, Syntax, and Mechanics

 

 

 

 

 

The writing is free of grammatical, proofreading, and punctuation errors.  Sentences are complete and grammatically correct, and free of confusion and ambiguity. 

The writing may exhibit a few minor errors in grammar, punctuation, or usage, but they do not impair the flow of the reading. Some sentences are not complete or are phrased in a way that causes confusion for readers.

The writing shows errors that go beyond a need for proofreading, and indicate that the writer needs to review rules of grammar and punctuation. There are a significant number of sentence fragments or run-on sentences, and  sentences are often phrased in a way that causes confusion for readers.

 

The writing exhibits substantial errors in grammar and style to the point that basic ideas are lost. The writer seems to be unfamiliar with important elements of English grammar and punctuation, and is having trouble writing syntactically correct sentences.

 

Engagement with primary materials

 

/50

 

Style and Creative Presentation

 

/30

 

Formal Presentation

(Grammar/Formatting/Citation)

 

/20

 

Total

 

/100

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