Write an essay of no less than 2,250 words and no more than 2,500 words (approximately 9-10 pages) using specific citations from The Tempest by William Shakespeare and at least four (4) additional sources to analyze a specific text-related problem (theme) and to argue for a proposed resolution. Introduction (approximately 200 words – about ¾ of a page) Writer Including the name of the writer and title of the text, summarize the primary reading in one or two sentences Introduce the problem through one of the following techniques: ✓ Provocative question, series of questions, or opinion ✓ Startling statistic or surprising fact ✓ Relevant quotation or incident ✓ Striking image ✓ Personal narrative State the thesis Background Information (approximately 300 words – about 1+ pages; include at least 1 source) Writer Provide background information about the writer of the primary source (family, culture, experiences, etc.) Discuss this background information in the context of the theme of your essay Statement of the Problem (approximately 900 words – about 3 ½ pages; include at least 1 source) Writer 1 Writer 2 Describe the problem Provide background information about the problem Discuss why this is a problem Resolution (approximately 400 words – about 2 pages; include at least 1 source) Writer 3 Present one or two current efforts to address the problem and discuss the strengths and challenges of each effort Propose an adaptation of a current effort so that it’s more effective or propose a new effort with an explicit detailed description Defend why this is a good resolution Counter-argument and Response (approximately 250 words – about 1 page; include at least 1 source) Writer 4 Present a counter-argument that either argues this is not a problem or that challenges the statement of the problem (in whole or in part) Respond to the counter-argument by explaining why you still hold your position and discussing why the reader should see your position as the strongest Conclusion (approximately 200 words – about ¾ of a page) Writer 4 Summarize what you wrote in one or two sentences Conclude with one of the following techniques: ✓ Call to action ✓ Question to provoke thought ✓ Final fact, statistic, claim, or prediction ✓ Relevant quotation or incident ✓ Striking image ✓ Personal narrative English 2: Critical Analysis And Intermediate Composition Ms. Blackwell Essay 4 3 2 1 Thesis / Focus Thesis and topic sentences answer the prompt effectively by keeping the writer’s point as the primary focus throughout the paper and engaging the complexities of the topic. Essay presents a central idea that answers the prompt and maintains the writer’s point through the paper in an adequate way, though the thesis may be simple or formulaic. Essay presents an assumed or implied central idea, though it may not take the form of a standard thesis or topic sentences. Summary may substitute for the thesis. Essay describes or summarizes rather than presents a central idea. Ideas may be disconnected or missing. Organization Paragraphs are well organized, with an effective logical structure. Sentences within the paragraphs flow effectively, supporting the thesis/topic sentences. Paragraphs are organized, with adequate unity and coherence. Paragraphs should include transitions, topic sentences, explanation and support, and a conclusion. Paragraphs have a point, but the logical structure connecting them is unclear. Organization is not apparent in the paper. Internal paragraph structure and global structure are difficult to follow. Argument Essay demonstrates effective analysis, with insights drawn from multiple perspectives. Essay supports the thesis with adequate evidence and analysis. Essay may attempt to develop insight. Essay presents a confused or implied discussion of the subject. Summary may be used as a substitute for argument. Writing may discuss the topic generally rather than sustain an argument. Development and analysis do not meet the requirements of the assignment. Essay lacks an understandable sense of paragraphing. Research / Support Essay demonstrates effective support using multiple examples drawn from credible sources. Citation is mostly correct throughout the essay according to current MLA guidelines. Essay supports its claims with adequate research and/or examples. Outside sources are formatted and cited, though errors may be present. Essay supports thesis with unreliable sources or inappropriate evidence. Sources integrated poorly or not at all. MLA citation and formatting are missing or not attempted. Essay fails to include sources and/or does not integrate sources. Essay may include plagiarism. Grammar / Style Essay uses clear sentences with some variety. Writing may include some minor errors, but overall it is fluent. Sentence-level grammar, usage, and mechanics are comprehensible. Writing may reveal several errors that have little effect on readability. Essay contains sentences with numerous significant errors in punctuation, syntax, spelling, and/or diction that impede meaning. Essay contains sentences with frequent and significant errors that block understanding. Peer Evaluation 4 3 2 1 Contribution Team member provided many useful ideas. Team member provided some useful ideas. Team member provided a few useful ideas. Team member did not provide any useful ideas. Quality of Work Team member provided work of the highest quality. Team member provided high quality work. Team member provided work that occasionally needed to be checked/redone by others to ensure quality. Team member provided work that usually needed to be checked/redone by others to ensure quality. Collaboration Team member almost always listened to, shared with, and supported the efforts of others and tried to keep people working well together. Team member usually listened to, shared with, and supported the efforts of others. Team member often listened to, shared with, and supported the efforts of others but sometimes was not a good team player. Team member rarely listened to, shared with, and supported the efforts of others and often was not a good team player.