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Inherit the Wind Formal Essay
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Using Literary Elements to Interpret Inherit the Wind
Topic: Write your paper on one of the two topics below.
- Lawrence and Lee contend that the themes of their play are universal and timeless. What three themes in the play could be considered universal and timeless? Choose a citation to represent each theme and fully explain why you chose a theme.
- The playwrights use both internal and external conflict throughout the play. Discuss three uses of conflict in the play and explain their significance. Choose a citation to represent each form of conflict.
Structure: Papers must have (1) and introduction paragraph, (2) three body paragraphs and (3) a conclusion paragraph. Thus your paper should have five total paragraphs.
- The introduction paragraph should highlight the main ideas of your paper and should end with your three-assertion thesis. You may set up your thesis as you see fit but it must include three assertions that support your stance on the topic you choose.
- Body paragraphs should look similar to those in the recent papers you have written. In other words, they should have a topic sentence, an introduced quote and 3-5 sentences of analysis/explanation.
- The conclusion paragraph should restate your thesis. Next, synthesize the main points of your paper into one or two final points that last with the reader. Be bold her and finish with a strong thought. A couple weak sentences at the end of an otherwise well-written paper can negate all your hard work.
*Be sure you use analysis and explanation instead of summary.
Quotes: Use three quotes and cite properly. Include page number and make sure you introduce each quote. No dropped quotes!
Your paper will be assessed on the following criteria:
Structure (35 points)
- use of analysis instead of summary
- depth of analysis (use 3-5 sentences of paragraph for this)
- paragraph setup
- topic sentence, quote introduction, quote, analysis
- thoughts are organized, coherent and logical
- Grammar (25 points)
- proper spelling
- proper use of punctuation
- clear and concise sentences (avoid wordiness)
- sentence variety
- vary beginnings of sentences and overall sentence structure
- tip: vary order of subjects, verbs, prepositional phrases, etc...
Quotations (25 points)
- use of three quotes
- proper citation
- no dropped quotes (DQ's)
- quotes are a good, logical support of the point you are proving
- includes three assertions
- clear meaning and concise wording
- should be able to read thesis by itself and know precisely what you plan to prove
- parallel structure
- font: size 12, Times New Roman
- original title
About this Document
This is a formal essay assignment used once students are done reading the play. It focuses on the use of internal and external conflict to convey meaning. There is also a grading rubric for the essay on the second page of this document.