How may a reader understand a common theme in two short stories? By writing this paper, you will answer this question and demonstrate the following skills for writing and literature: Analyze literature for a purpose Distinguish digital or print materials through annotation in order to demonstrate reading and summary skills Identify a common theme in two short stories Identify one to three examples from each story as evidence of the theme Write a thesis statement that clearly identifies the titles of the stories, their authors, their common theme, and what the paper will discuss about the stories and the theme Write clear topic sentences for paragraphs that inform the reader what the paragraph will discuss Develop paragraphs that support the topic sentences Organize a comparison and contrast paper by presenting paragraphs logically and effectively, using one of two methods for comparison and contrast: story-by-story or idea-by-idea Write sentences in Standard English that clearly express ideas Demonstrate correct use of MLA formatting within the paper and on a Works Cited page Explain your writing process clearly and coherently Overview of the Workshop Format for Paper 2 In Paper 1, you developed a thesis statement that considered how a theme is shown in a short story.
In Paper 2, you will be building on that discussion by considering and analyzing a second story. You will be developing a comparison/contrast paper that focuses on bringing in appropriate material from Paper 1 and your two chosen stories. You will be using the feedback you received on Paper 1 from your instructor to help you revise any material you may want to use in Paper 2. For Paper 2, review the selection of stories and choose another story that will work with your previously chosen theme and short story. Then, as you did for Paper 1, you will workshop the following areas in the weekly discussions. Week 5: Thesis. Your thesis statement should identify both stories and the theme. You will work on the thesis, pattern of organization, and outline in the Week 5 discussion. Topic sentences for the outline will be reviewed, and you will also be applying the critical reading skills you’ve been developing throughout the course. Weeks 6, 7, and 8: Development. Paragraphs of the body of the paper will focus on analyzing how literary elements in each story exemplify the common theme. During the discussions, you will review the following writing strategies to develop your paper, paragraphs for which are more complex because two stories (instead of one) are compared/contrasted to develop and present your ideas. development of body paragraphs that include strong topic sentences and transitions that set up comparison/contrast of the two stories and their shared theme development and management of signal phrases when using multiple sources in writing inclusion of claims and evidence that help to develop your argument using keywords and quotations as development techniques Throughout Weeks 5 to 8: Sentence Level and MLA. Your writing should be carefully proofread for sentence-level concerns. It should be formatted and documented according to MLA style in the form of parenthetical citations and a Works Cited page. Throughout the writing of Paper 2, you will be applying grammatical and documentation skills you learned from Paper 1.
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