2 Embedded Assessment 1 Things Fall Apart- Compare/Contrast Essay Assignment handoutAssignmentRequirementsPrompt OptionsChecklistGo through RubricOne in-class day & One lab day (next class)Due at the beginning of class on Day 19! (Periods 1 and 5= Wednesday, Period 4= Tuesday)40 SUMMATIVE POINTS
3 EA1 Compare/Contrast Requirements: Assignment:Your assignment is to write a compare AND contrast essay over Part One of Things Fall Apart. You can choose from any of the prompt below. If you have an idea that is not on the list, you will need to have it approved.Requirements:MLA Format (1 ½ pages, 4-5 paragraphs, 12pt. font, Calibri/Times New Roman, double-spaced)Need at least two relevant quotations from Things Fall Apart.Remember: quotations are ANY line from the novel that supports your claim. It does not have to be dialogue.
4 Prompt OptionsCompare AND contrast two characters from Things Fall Apart.Okonkwo/his father (Unoka)Okonkwo/ObierikaOkonkwo/IkemefunaNwoye/EzinmaTwo of the wives (Nwoye’s mother, Ekwefi, Ojiugo)how Okonkwo treats his children vs. his wives OR how he treats his sons vs. his daughters.
5 Let’s look at the rubric! You CANNOT use elementary ideas such as Unoka is tall and Okonkwo is tall. BORING!
6 Conclusion (own paragraph) Checklist:IntroductionIncludes title of book and authors nameGives necessary background information about the novel and your topicHas a clear thesis statement that helps the reader understand focus of essay2-3 body paragraphsNeed to compare AND contrastHave clear topic sentencesSmooth transitions between ideasConclusion (own paragraph)Re-covers main points in essayRestates thesis statement using different wordsBrings closure to essayAt least two quotations from Things Fall Apart (are they correctly cited and punctuated).MLA format1 ½ pages, 12pt. font, Calibri or Times New Roman, double-spaced
7 How to correctly incorporate an in-text citation… Ekwefi said, “I am following Chielo” (Achebe 103).Notice the comma after said.In parenthesis, include the author’s last name and the page number.Punctuation goes after the parenthesis.“The canon shattered the silence” (Achebe 119).Notice this is not dialogue. That is okay!What if you don’t want to use the entire quote?“…Ezinma had not been ill since” (Achebe 87).Use an ellipsis (…) at the beginning or end, depending on which you cut out.
8 How do I organize the essay? Things Fall Apart & Heart of Darkness Thesis Statement: Although Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness both explain how and why the Europeans colonized parts of Africa, each novel has a significantly different purpose.BP1: Compare- Both explain how and why parts of Africa became colonized and are only told from one perspective.BP2: Contrast- The purpose of both novels and how they’re different.Make sure you have a focus to your body paragraphs and aren’t just listing random similarities and differences. Take time to organize!!
9 How do I organize the essay? Things Fall Apart & Heart of Darkness Thesis Statement: Although Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness both explain how and why the Europeans colonized parts of Africa, each novel has a significantly different purpose.Point 1: Viewpoints regarding Africans and whitesPoint 2: Viewpoints regarding colonialismMake sure you have a focus to your body paragraphs and aren’t just listing random similarities and differences. Take time to organize!!
10 TODAY… Decide on a topic. Figure out how you want to organize your body paragraphs.Write a thesis statement.Begin finding evidence and your two quotations that will be relevant for your essay.Once you have (1) organized your essay, (2) written your thesis statement, (3) found enough evidence, and (4) done your pre- writing, begin writing your essay!