I'm not posting suggested topics for this final paper because I'd like each of you to come up with a topic on your own. Ideally everyone will write a final paper on 1984, but I'm open to other well-supported ideas. Everyone should send me a short (1 paragraph) description of your topic before you start writing your essay. What are you writing about? What critical question are you trying to answer? What preliminary thesis are you working with? What support do you anticipate using? Even though I'm not "grading" your topic, if you do not send it in advance then you're running quite a risk with an assignment (your final paper) that's worth 30% of your final grade. SEND ME YOUR TOPIC--PLEASE!
Just message me through Canvas or email me at email@example.com. I'll respond back to each of you with some feedback and give you the go ahead on your topic. If you are having trouble thinking of a good topic, please message me so we can work on it together.
General Paper Guidelines
Due August 7, 2016 at 11:59PM MST. Submit your essay through this assignment in Canvas. Please note, you will need to submit your essay as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
6-8 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt., 1 inch margins, white background, black text, your own work!
Your paper should have a descriptive—and hopefully creative—title (NOT “Final Paper”).
You are notrequired to cite or reference secondary sources in the body of your essay. However, you might want to conduct some research on your topic to find out what other critics have said about the novel. You are free to use secondary sources in your essay if the sources are important or necessary for your argument. All in-text citations should be consistent and follow a major citation style guide.
Your essay should make a claim (this does not have to be one sentence—let’s call it a thesis) that is supportable and requires support. Throughout the essay, you should maintain a clear focus in service of the main claim you are making—in part, this relies on your claim being sufficiently interesting and complex.
Evidence from the text and/or secondary sources should be used to support your claim(s) and this support should be fully developed. You should avoid making general statements about the text and DEFINITELY avoid making general statements about anything outside of the text.
The writing should be fitting and clear.
Presents and maintains a direct and focused thesis.
Consistently balances claims with appropriate and sufficient evidence from primary and, if needed, secondary sources. Generalizations are categorically avoided.
Support for all claims is fully developed in focused, coherent paragraphs.
Is fitting (even pleasurable to read) at the level of the sentence. Shows considerable variety in sentence structure and length. Demonstrates full control of diction, rarely, if ever, stretching after words or phrases. Includes paragraphs that are well developed where needed and that mark transitions in the argument where appropriate.
Presents and maintains a thesis, but may lack focus and direction at times.
Balances claims and support, though there may be places where more support is needed.
Is grammatically and stylistically appropriate, with few instances of infelicitous sentence structure or word choice. Includes well-developed paragraphs. May show slight inconsistencies in sentence and word-level choices, but the writing generally coheres: that is, the reader is definitely be able to follow.
May present a thesis, but the thesis is not maintained due to a lack of direction and focus.
Makes claims, but does not necessarily support them consistently or with good/sufficient evidence.
Is grammatically and stylistically infelicitous. Shows some paragraph development, but may lack cohesiveness in parts: the reader may see that claims and support are present, but would not necessarily be able to follow the writing through its transitions.
Shows little or no awareness of the text, and/or demonstrates little if any ability or desire to explore beyond the author’s own opinion.
May make claims, but offers little if any credible support for those claims.
Is grammatically and stylistically infelicitous. The reader is not be able to follow.
Does not follow any of the general paper guidelines or meet any of the grading standards, and/or is plagiarized.
Can't change a rubric once you've started using it.