2Warm up Take out your outline Take out your copy of Antony’s oration Take out your essay preparation guideI will give you your draft, and you will be able to resubmit it before it is graded.
3Checklist DirectionsThis presentation contains many different check lists, all of which will help you improve your essay. Use the titles to select the ones you need to focus on most. If you want an A, I advise you to go through ALL check lists before turning in your final paper.
4Introduction __Attack sentence is the first sentence __Attack sentence is interesting, and on the same topic as the thesis and the novel__The first sentence of the summary transitions smoothly from the attack sentence__The summary includes the author’s full name, the name of the novel cited correctly (in italics), and the main plot and character details necessary to introduce the argument__The last sentence of the summary transitions neatly into the thesis__The thesis is typed correctly, and the student has removed the title of the novel and the author’s first name, as they have already cited this information in the summary__Overall, this paragraph works like a funnel: the information at the beginning is most broad, and it becomes more and more specific until it gets to the argument
5Conclusion__The first sentence of the conclusion ties up the argument in a way that presents new perspective gained in the paper__The conclusion includes some interesting points from the paper that have been further developed and are not copied and pasted from earlier in the paper__The conclusion contains an implication about the book in general and about society__The implication does not come out of nowhere or sound off topic (this person has transitioned smoothly into an idea that makes sense after what came before it)__The sentences of the conclusion flow smoothly together and function as a funnel back out from the specific argument to the broader story and society.
6Transitions and Style__The first sentence of the first body paragraph transitions nicely, and maturely from the thesis. It is not copied word for word.__The first and last sentences of each body paragraph help to transition smoothly between ideas in each paragraph__Quotes flow “as smoothly into the sentences” as though they were part of the writer’s words (200).__ “Page number citations are done correctly” (200).__Repetitive sentence structures, starts, and word choice has been noted for this person to correct__Awkward and confusing phrases have been marked
7Mechanics and Grammar__contractions have been circled (use do not instead of don’t – note that this does NOT mean you should eliminate the use of an apostrophe for possessives)__spelling errors circled__noticeable format errors (heading, title, indentation, spacing) have been marked__run on sentences, fragments, and other grammatical errors have been marked when possible__improper punctuation or lack of punctuation has been marked when possible
8Body paragraphs – Topic Sentences Each paragraph has a topic sentence (use topic sentence checklist:Look at the topic sentence. Check off that it has the following___ the main argument from the thesis (reworded)___the area of support this body paragraph will focus on___ indication of specific author techniques or categories that this person examines in their quotes (look at the paragraph itself to find these if they are not in the topic sentence).Identify the three areas the quotes will focus on:
9Body Paragraphs - support Look at the first support. Check off that it has the following____Claim (statement of what the author is doing)____Quote (proof of what the author is doing)____Analysis (explanation of why what the author is doing matters/is relevant to your argument)Look at the second support. Check off that it has the followingLook at the third support. Check off that it has the following
10Body Paragraph - Conclusion Look at the conclusion sentence. Check off that it has the following___Interesting summary of your argument in the paragraph___some restatement of the argument and area of support, as well as what overall conclusion you might come to after reading the paragraph___a transition into the next idea
11Second Body ParagraphUse the exact same checklist you did for paragraph 1!