WR 123: Essay 1 Guidelines
- Choose either “The Dark Knight and the Evilness of Evil” (Cocksworth) or “The Exceptional Darkness of The Dark Knight”(McGowan — only first 3 ½ p.); read, annotate, and analyze.
- Craft an introduction that catches the reader’s interest and previews the topics to be discussed. You can either state your claim here or forecast what your claim might be.
- Next, address the “they say” — summarize your chosen article efficiently in around 200-300 words. Summarize specifically highlighting the main claim or subclaim you will be responding to and the reasons/evidence that apply. Please use a few direct quotes to illustrate your summary. This should be at least two to three meaty paragraphs in length.
Note: You can assume the reader is familiar with The Dark Knight but not the article being summarized.
- In the next part of your essay (note — these are not to be sectioned off, part 1 and part 2; it should be cohesive), you will respond, saying what you agree with or what you disagree with in your chosen article (or both) in roughly 400-600 words, provide your claim, and then the reasons/evidence supporting that. Please use specific examples for your evidence (quotes from your chosen article, quotes/scenes from the film, related examples in real life, etc.).
- Finish with a conclusion the reflects on the importance of what’s been expressed and possibly applying it to the broader world.
Length/Format: 700-900 words; 2 ½ -4 full pages with in-text citation (MLA or APA style) with an additional works cited or reference page (not included in page count). Your writing should not involve first person (use of “I”).
Points: 100 points and worth 20% of total class grade.
Due date: Final Draft July 10th before midnight on BeaconLearning.
WR 123: Essay 1 Rubric
|Organization||The order of the essay is logical — introduction, summary, response, then conclusion. The reason and evidence are put in an order that makes sense with transitions between ideas.||10|
|Word Choice||Vocabulary is interesting, varied, and avoids repetition. This applies to verbs used for summarizing.||10|
|Sentence Fluency||Sentences have a variety of lengths and sentence starts; when read out loud sounds natural — not “robotic.” This applies to smoothness in direct quoting also.||10|
|Conventions||Spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax are standard English||10|
|Intro||The beginning catches the reader’s attention and connects to main message. Conclusion reflects on how the issues discussed connect to the broader world and/or why this is important.||5|
|Conclusion||Conclusion reflects on how the issues discussed connect to the broader world and/or why this is important.||5|
|Summary||Summary refers directly to the content of the article of choice. Includes at least 2 direct quotes. Is neither a list summary nor a biased summary. Focuses mainly on the points that are connected to your claim (know where you’re going). Is at least 2-3 meaty paragraphs. (Ideas/Content)||15|
|Response||Response provides a creative, original claim agreeing or disagreeing (or both) with the chosen essay, solid reasons, and detailed enough evidence. If claim agrees with essay, it provides new and/or expanded reasons why (Ideas/Content).||15|
|On prompt||Essay follows the prompt’s guidelines. Is correct length. Does not include “I.”||10|
|MLA/APA||Essay is in correct MLA or APA format.12 pt. Times New Roman, dbl spaced, in-text citation for “Darkness” or “Evilness” essay, and Works Cited (MLA) or References page (APA) for film and essay of choice on a separate page (centered “Works Cited” or “References” title, second line indented for entries of more than one line). Any outside sources used are cited correctly.||5|
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