American culture and history
|6.2. Module 6.2: Evaluation Criteria|
This Module applies the planning for Paper 1 to the Evaluation Criteria
1, Boldface refers to Evaluation Criteria
2. Underlining refers to the organization of Paper One.
1. Elements of Organization (These Arabic numerals in bold face refer to the Evaluation Criteria.)
I. Opening paragraph: It needs both a thesis statement and an organizing idea. It should end with a statement of significance. (These Roman numerals refer to the organization of your essay in outline form.)
V. Closing paragraph: It needs a summary, a conclusion, and a hint of things to come. (These Roman numerals refer to the organization of your essay in outline form.) Hint: If you end up writing the opening and closing of the paper at the end of the writing process, after you have written most of the three-segment body of the paper, you would be right on task. Three body paragraphs should be 20 sentences each. Body paragraph
II. What is the American dream in general terms (but be prepared to relate your description to the novel)? 20 sentences Body paragraph
III. What is the American dream in The Great Gatsby? 20 sentences Body paragraph
IV. Relate the American dream to characters in the novel. 20 sentences
2. Methods of Development: Use description and example for the three-segment body of the paper.
3. Mode of Order: The overall mode of order for this paper is general-to-specific; however, consider what your mode of order is for each segment as well.
4. Mechanics: For a passing grade, review your paper for effective mechanics, with no more than four errors per page. Include two quotes from The Great Gatsby. Use a works cited page, referencing the novel. Consider using quotes to support the examples you are presenting of the American dream.
Notice that it is “the American dream”: lower case “t” and “d.” Only the “A” is capitalized.
Always underline the title of the novel, The Great Gatsby. You need to mention the author and the novel’s title once in the first sentence of the paper, but after that you can refer to him as Fitzgerald and to the novel as the “novel” to avoid repetitiveness. So the first sentence, your thesis sentence, might look like this:
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a search for the meaning of the American dream in modern society.
5. Transitions: Use “first,” “second,” and “third,” for the three segments (paragraphs) of the body of the paper. Each is followed by a comma. Use “In summary,” and “In conclusion,” in the closing. Each is followed by a comma.
What transitions are you using to communicate your methods of development and your modes of order?
6. Format: Double space the entire paper beginning with your last name and page number in the upper right-hand corner, per MLA; note in the sample papers.
Four-line heading: Remember to put English 101, Paper 1 and your section number at this point. Follow the style from MLA.
So the four-line heading will look like this, with two minor changes that are noted below after the English 101:
4 October 2007 (or whatever the accurate date is)
Use a title that hints at the thesis. Don’t try to write the title until your paper is over, so you can be sure that it hints at what the overall idea of the paper is.
Indenting: Every time you indent, you indicate that a new paragraph is starting. Indents are five spaces. Because this is a five-paragraph essay, you will have five indents.
Formal tone: Eliminate the use of the following: “I,” “me,” “my,” “mine”; “we,” “us,” “our,” “ours”; “you,” “your,” and “yours”). Formal exposition is not about us; it is about the topic that is being developed.
Works Cited: This should be the last numbered page of your paper. Check MLA to see what one looks like. Follow the rules for creating your works cited references from MLA.
Follow the rules for creating your in-text citations from MLA. Use signal phrases following MLA.
Outline. For your outline for Paper 1, copy and paste your thesis statement, the three topic sentences for the three-part body, and the conclusion onto a separate piece of paper at the end of your paper. It should be an unnumbered page because an outline is not part of MLA style. The outline is just for English 101. Use Roman numerals for the five pieces (I-V) of your essay.
Study the Module Evaluation Criteria for additional information about how Paper 1 will be evaluated.
|6.3. Module 6.3: Outlining|
This Module Section has two parts.
First, there is a sample guide for a detailed outline that may help you to make sure you have all the components of the paper.
Second, there is a sample guide for the very brief outline that must be turned in with Paper 1.
These presentations demonstrate the elements of the five-paragraph essay that is Paper 1.
A Full Outline would look like this (First, there is a sample guide for a detailed outline that may help you to make sure you have all the components of the paper.):
I. (5 sentences)
A. Thesis statement: this is the overall main idea of the essay
B. 3 Organizing Ideas
C. Statement of Significance
II. (5 sentences, 20 sentence body paragraph, 5 sentences)
A. Topic Sentence:
Start this sentence with “First,” and make it be about the American dream in general.
B. First example with description of the American dream in general
C. Second example with description of the American dream in general
D. Third example with description of the American dream in general
III.(5 sentences, 20 sentence body paragraph, 5 sentences)
A. Topic Sentence:
Start this sentence with “Second,” and make it be about the American dream as it relates to the novel.
B. First example with description of the American dream and its relationship to the novel.
C. Second example with description of the American dream and its relationship to the novel.
D. Third example with description of the American dream and its relationship to the novel.
IV. (5 sentences, 1 20 sentence body paragraph, 5 sentences)
A. Topic Sentence:
Start this sentence with “Third,” and make it be about the American dream and its relationship with three characters in the novel.
B. First example of a character in the novel and his or her relationship with the American dream.
C. Second example of a character in the novel and his or her relationship with the American dream.
D. Third example of a character in the novel and his or her relationship with the American dream.
V. (5 sentences)
A. Summary, using the phrase “In summary,” which should be three sentences long.
B. Conclusion, using the phrase “In conclusion,” which should be a restatement of the thesis in different words.
C. Hint of things to come.
Outline for Paper 1 to Turn in (Second, there is a sample guide for the very brief outline that must be turned in with Paper 1.)
The outline that you need to attach to your paper as the last page (unnumbered because it is not part of MLA) will look like this:
I. Thesis statement copied and pasted from your paper
II. First topic sentence copied and pasted from your paper
III. Second topic sentence copied and pasted from your paper
IV. Third topic sentence copied and pasted from your paper
V. Conclusion copied and pasted from your paper
|6.4. Module 6.4: Checklist|
Make certain that you have included the following issues in your papers: Your last name and the page numbers in the upper right-hand corner.
Double space your paper.
Use no other spacing format.
Include the four-line heading in the upper left-hand corner of the paper, double-spaced below the page number.
Correctly format and write your title, and make sure that it hints at the thesis.
The first sentence of the paper must include the author, the title of the novel, and the thesis statement. The opening paragraph also requires an organizing idea and statement of significance.
Each paragraph of the body of the paper is introduced by the organizational transitions “first,” “second,” and “third.” Each must be followed by a comma.
The length of the three supporting body paragraphs are about 20 sentences each.
The closing paragraph requires that it start with the organizational transition “In summary.” It must be followed by a comma. The summary should be three sentences in length, at least. The closing paragraph must have a conclusion, introduced by the organizational transition “In conclusion,” followed by a comma.
The total length of Paper 1 is five paragraphs.
There should be a very close relationship among the title, the thesis statement, and the conclusion.
Paper 1 turns out to be five paragraphs in length, with the three body paragraphs written with 20 sentences each. That means that the body paragraphs will be 20 sentences long, or a total of 60 sentences. The opening and closing paragraphs will be about five or so sentences in length.
The paper has quotes, with in-text citations and a works cited page.
You will need a citation for everything that you quote. This will be an individual choice.
For example, someone will want to quote from Democracy in America by De Toqueville. Someone will quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. Someone will quote from J. Meachem’s article about the American dream that is found in Modules If you quote or reference them, you will need a signal phrase, a MLA in-text citation, and a reference in the Works Cited page.
Everyone must have at least two quotes from the novel with signal phrases, MLA in-text citation formatting, and a MLA-formatted Works Cited page as the last page of their papers.
Go to Assignments to turn in your paper on time.
|6.5. Module 6.5: Sample Paper|
|Instructions: See this sample paper as an example only. It is not perfect, of course, but it does address most of the E101 formal exposition requirements that are listed in Modules Paper 1, Evaluation Criteria in Modules, and Assignments Paper 1.|
What needs to be done here is to use “First,” for the first 5-paragraph segment of Paper 2. Then use “Second,” for the second 5-paragraph segment. The second segment of the paper is new and is developed by cause and effect. It should have three characters and it should describe the effect of the dream on each one. The first segment, of course, is an edited version of the first paper, Paper 1. So you will notice that this paper is really just a new version of Paper 1, and it never really devotes three full paragraphs on the effects of dream on characters.