Select two of the poems assigned for Module 8. Identify one dominant theme in each poem. Construct an argument about how the tone, speaker, and diction help in developing that theme.
Compose a 750 to 1250 word essay in MLA format using one of the following questions:
1. Select two of the poems assigned for Module 8. Identify one dominant theme in each poem. Construct an argument about how the tone, speaker, and diction help in developing that theme.
The Poems that I chose to use are Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays” and Adrienne Rich, “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
Successfully completing this assignment will involve constructing an overall thesis for your essay that addresses one of the prompts above and then using quotations and references to specific scenes from the works you select as evidence to support your argument. Reference the Writer’s Workshops in Modules 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8 for helpful advice about constructing literary arguments as well as using MLA format for your essay, quotations, citations, and references.
HUMN 142 M9 Essay 3 Rubric
HUMN 142 M9 Essay 3 Rubric
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction
Provides context; includes thesis and forecast if required.
Clearly provides all necessary information and sets expectations.
Minor lack or excess of information; minor lack of clarity.
Confusing, vague or lacking.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBody Structure
Paragraphs focus on one major idea; Transitions clearly show relationships among ideas.
Paragraphs consistently meet expectations; transitions very clear.
1-3 lapses in paragraphs; 1-3 problems with transitions.
So many lapses in paragraphs or problems with transitions that comprehension is difficult.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion
Decisively ends paper.
Ends paper with powerful impact; creates a fully satisfying sense of completion.
Ending works, but may be weak or does not create a good sense of completion.
Weak, confusing or missing ending.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent
Paper effectively responds to the topic; paper is sufficient length to adequately address the topic; both works are discussed thoroughly.
Paper carefully and thoroughly responds to the topic, discusses both works intelligently and compares and contrasts them effectively.
Paper adequately responds to the topic; length is adequate to address the topic; there is discussion of two works of literature.
Paper does not respond effectively to the topic; length is insufficient to adequately address the topic; discussion of one work missing or incomplete.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Style
Variety of sentence constructions, appropriate brevity, use of parallelism, poetic effects (such as metaphor, simile, alliteration). Appropriate; avoids jargon, slang, and overly emotionally charged words.
Pleasing variety of sentence constructions; always effective and appropriate brevity, use of parallelism and/or poetic effects.
Relatively few minor errors.
Errors detract significantly from comprehension or create significant distractions.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar
Fragments, run-ons, tense, voice, person, disagreement, spelling, punctuation.
Few to no errors (1% or less of assignment word total).
Some errors (less than 5% of word total).
Errors detract significantly from comprehension.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSources
Integration and Citation: Quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing; in-text citations and references adhere to required style.
Sources interspersed with writer’s own analysis or synthesis; quotes are less than 10% of paper; 1-5 minor errors in documentation.
Sources interspersed with writer’s own work; quotes are less than 20% of paper; more than 5 minor errors in documentation.
Sources strung together with little of the writer’s own work; quotes are 50% or more of paper; citations missing or with major errors; plagiarism.
Total Points: 100.0