Writing an Inclass Essay Make sure that you
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Writing an In-class Essay
Make sure that you understand what the prompt asks you to do: The passage below is taken from the novel Tom Jones (1749). In this scene, which occurs early in the novel, Squire Allworthy discovers an infant in his bed. Read the passage carefully. Then, in a well-organized essay, analyze the techniques that Fielding employs in this scene to characterize Mr. Allworthy and Mrs. Deborah Wilkins. Write a well-organized essay in which you analyze the style and tone of the passage below, explaining how they help to express the author’s attitudes.
What is meant by style? 4 What one says. . . 4 How one says that something. . . If style is thought to consist of the mannerisms and methods of an individual writer, then one can refer to the pompous style of Dr. Johnson, the whimsical style of Charles Lamb, the allusive style of T. S. Eliot, the clipped style of Hemingway. Most critics agree, however, that “what one says” and “how he says it” are basic elements in style. Therefore, style may be thought of as the impress (influence) of a writer’s personality upon his subject matter.
Devices used to create style: Diction--word choice connotation of words Syntax--sentence structure Imagery Figures of speech metaphors, similes, personification, allusions, etc. Choice of detail And others. . .
What is tone? An author’s attitude toward his subject Remember that rarely will the tone remain the same from beginning to end, or will the tone be limited to a single descriptive adjective. Don’t be afraid to see opposites--the attitude is one of - - -, yet one of - - -.
Essays are scored holistically 4 The reader reads the essay without making any marks 4 The reader evaluates both what is said and how it is said 4 A score is determined based upon a rubric
4 9 -8 --These essays address the 4 5 --These essays tend to be simplistic prompt fully. They identify techniques and then analyze how the author uses them to address the prompt. Though the essays may not be error-free, they are perceptive in their analysis and demonstrate writing that is clear and precise. 4 4 7 -6 --These essays offer a reasonable attempt at the prompt. Although not as convincing or as thoroughly developed as the 9 -8 papers, they demonstrate the writer’s ability to express ideas with clarity, insight, and control in analysis of techniques. They often rely on paraphrase. There may be minor misinterpretations. These essays are not as well conceived, organized, or developed as upperhalf papers. 4 -3 --These lower-half essays offer less than thorough understanding of the task. They demonstrate misunderstanding of some aspect of the passage. These essays tend to rely on paraphrase only. The writing often demonstrates a lack of control over the conventions of composition: inadequate development of ideas, an accumulation of errors, or a focus that is unclear.
Literary Analysis In addition to understanding the passage that you read, and writing clearly, precisely, and as correctly as possible under the circumstances, you are also expected to write good literary analysis.
Literary Analysis: Claim This poem uses excellent imagery to depict how blind folks affect our lives, to evoke sympathy for the blind, and to criticize mainstream America Data for its callousness towards the disabled. In the first three lines Kooser describes how the blind can suddenly fill an elevator “with a great white porcupine of canes. ” A porcupine is noted for its prickliness; we are apprehensive when it is around and we do not want to touch it. The blind person, according to Commentary Kooser, evokes a similar reaction: their presence in a situation causes “prickliness, ” and it makes us uncomfortable.
In Animal Farm, Clover represents a caring and motherly figure to the other animals. She talks to Mollie, the horse, when others will not. She cares about keeping the animals together. She isn’t mean to Mollie In Animal Farm, Clover represents a but wants her to understand how her decision caring and motherly figure to the other to leave may affect the farm. In addition, animals. For example, she talks to Clover warns Boxer to slow down and nurses Mollie, the horse, when others will not. him when he collapses. In her concern for In addition, Clover warns Boxer to him, she models the kind of behavior that the slow down and nurses him when he animals wanted from Mr. Jones but did not collapses. Furthermore, she sees the get. She sees the injustice of the system and changes in the Seven Commandments understands the punishment of hard work. and in the pigs at the end. She works Furthermore, she notices the changes in the hard to help the other animals Seven Commands and in the pigs’ behavior regardless of what the negative at the end. The knowledge that something is consequences may be. wrong leads her to speak out. Her commitment to Animal Farm is most important in her mind, and she wants to put her beliefs into action. Clover works hard to help the other animals, regardless of what might happen to her. Literary Analysis:
Be prepared to write 4 Plan your time wisely; you will only have 45 minutes 4 Spend some time planning your essay before you begin--organization is an important factor of good composition 4 You must write in blue or black ink on loose-leaf paper--you may write on the back