You should choose a literary element of the work such as symbolism, theme, characterization, tone, etc. to write your essay on. You can also
compare/contrast two stories based on these elements. You should have an introduction with a thesis (what the essay is about – main idea), body
paragraphs (main points), and a conclusion (review of main points and restatement of thesis. Paragraphs are usually considered to be 5-7 sentences and
your paragraphs should be a mixture of long and short sentences. You should already know from 101 how to use parenthetical documentation (MLA style) and
each main point should use a quote from the text for example. You have a MLA guide in your Writer’s Reference book or you can go to Course Resources for
a link to Purdue Owl.DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCES. Only use your text for these essays. You will not need a bibliography page. Do not forget to title your
essay. You may use the name of the work in your title, but do not use the title only as the title for your essay. Please review the Essay Format for
further instructions. 300 to 500 words.
Follow all formatting conventions – double space, header, pagination. See Essay Format.
Do not forget you need a title.
Do not use plot summary (retell the story)- this is the quickest way to make a poor grade on a paper.
Use at least one quote from the text with each main point as evidence to your claim.
DO NOT use 1st or 2nd person pronouns in formal writing. I am a stickler for this!!! examples: I, me, mine, my, you, your, yours, we, us, ours
You may use 3rd person or indefinite pronouns: he, she, it, them, they, theirs, everyone, one, someone, no one, etc.
MLA conventions apply. Document in text citations correctly (See Class Resources: Purdue Owl or your Hacker’s Handbook)