about INTERVIEW BY Dorothy Parker
- You will closely review the main idea or claim of your paper and consider if your thesis statement is strong (not obvious). In other words, does your main argument (thesis) convey your own unique view of the text?
- Make sure that the literary critical theory you’re choosing is applicable to your topic of discussion (thesis).
- Check that the scholarly sources listed in your annotated bibliography provide evidence and support of your thesis.
- Make sure that your introduction states clearly what you will discuss in your paper.
- Look at the topic sentence in each paragraph of your text to make sure that it points to (supports) your thesis.
- Integrate text from your scholarly sources that support (provides evidence and moves your discussion further) your thesis.
- Provide your own explanation and elaboration) of any quotations or paraphrased material from your three sources. Avoid the use of “hanging quotations.” Do not include a quotation from one of your sources without providing your own explanation.
- Make sure that your conclusion summarizes your main points and reminds the reader of your thesis.
- Leave time to submit your draft to Free Tutoring at Tutor.com for review. Your tutor can help with thesis and content development, organization, grammar, and mechanics. Utilize this free service to write the best draft possible on this major assignment.
- Don’t forget that you can submit your draft to Free Tutoring multiple times during the revision process.
- Submit your final paper in Turnitin, OR in the assignment dropbox, according to your instructor’s preference. Should you use Turnitin, make sure to take a screenshot of the confirmation screen once you upload your paper.
File submissions: Please submit your file as a DOC.X or PDF file.
Criteria on Which You Will be Graded:
- The introduction and the specificity and development of your thesis
- Your supporting claims, logic, and organization
- The quality of your writing, to include paragraph development and organization: topic sentences, conclusions, transitions, etc. See Starting Your Research Essay
- Your scholarly sources – your understanding of the articles (at least three) and how well these support your claim
- Your understanding and application of literary criticism to support your claim (thesis)
- Your engagement with the text (your integration of supporting quotations and how well you explain these)
- Your conclusion
- Format: You are required to use MLA style for all writing assignments. Proper MLA citation and a correctly formatted Works Cited page (12-point font, Times New Roman, double spacing, one-inch margins, Last name and page number on each page, etc.). Please refer to the Purdue Online Writing Lab for MLA formatting and style guide. Include your name, instructor’s name, the title of the class, and the date in the upper left-hand corner of the first page. Center your title (you do not need to underline or italicize it) and place it above the body of the essay. Do not include a title page.
- Be sure to maintain an appropriate academic tone (no slang, second-person, contractions, etc.)
- Academic Honesty (all sources must be cited). Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable. Please ask if you have questions about what might constitute plagiarism and how to avoid it.
- Length Requirement: 1000-1250 words