In preparation for our this assignment, make sure to carefully read and use the following resources to help you draft your single-source essay on Catcher.
Writing Assignment 2:
The Catcher in the Rye
Workshop has two deadlines and both must be met.
ost first draft of WA2 in the D
7 forum by 11:59 PM
evaluation of WA2 in the D
7 forum by 11:59 PM
Final Draft Deadline:
by 11:55 PM PST
The purpose of this assignment is to:
give students additional practice with literary analysis by
components of a novel
help strengthen their writing and analytical skills by doing the following:
carefully dissecting a storyâ€™s theme and characters
using the argumentation rhetorical method of writing to present essay
strong thesis argument with a plan of development
selecting and integrating relevant evidence from the story in order to
substantiate their argument
using MLA format to cite their sources both parenthetically (in
text) and on
a Work(s) Cited page.
Now that you have fully read J.D. Salingerâ€™s
The Catcher in the Rye
, have gained a
deeper understanding of the cultural context of the story, and have examined the
various elements of the novel (characters, theme, setting, symbolism, point
…etc.), itâ€™s time to write about this controversial novel.
For this writing assignment, please select the most prominent central
of the story
(only one theme) and examine how three of the significant primary or secondary
characters from the story h
elp showcase that theme.
Your introductory paragraph must properly introduce the story by including the
name of the author, the title of the story, when it was published, and any brief
and relevant bit of information (regarding author, the era in which t
he text was
written,…etc.) that is needed to launch your argument. At the end of your
introductory paragraph, please insert your thesis (central theme of the story) with
its plan of development (three characters that drive that underlying theme).
ay must only be between 1000
1500 words in length.
Your argument must be sufficiently supported with directly quoted, paraphrased,
and/or briefly summarized passages from the story, all of which must be properly
cited according to the correct MLA standards
. To specify, you
two to four relevant quotes or paraphrased passages from the novel for each
significant character that you deem advances the theme of this story (i.e. three
characters equals to 6
12 borrowed passages from the novel).
nally, please remember to keep focused, control your writing, and do not open
any doors that you are not willing to shut with an explanation.
11 and 13 (Sample Essays: Essay on a Novel) from your
textbook will help prepare you for th
is assignment. Additionally, please refer to the
â€œEssay Componentsâ€ document included in the Writing Assignment 2 learning module,
the MLA links also in the module, and the series of checklists included on pp. 2
4 of this
The following revising and editing checklist (pp.2
4) is my criteria for grading.
Developed introductory paragraph that captures the readersâ€™ attention,
introduces the author, title of novel, novelâ€™s publication year, relevant
biographical information, and thesis
_____ A clearly stated thesis with a logical plan of development that properly introduces
the focus of your essay. Place thesis and plan of development at end of intro
paragraph as the last sentence.
Strong topic sentences at the start of supporting paragraphs that begin with
appropriate transitional phrases, include the plan of development point being
discussed in that paragraph and reinforce the thesis in some way.
Effective transitions thr
oughout essay: use transitional/signal phrases at the start
of each supporting paragraph and when launching supporting examples
Secondly, One way X is so, Additionally, Next, Conversely, for example, for
paraphrased, and/or directly quoted evidence that
support your main point (thesis). Quotes or paraphrased passages (contextual
support) must be directly relevant and should sufficiently illustrate your claim
Use of 2
4 relevant quotes and/or paraph
rased passages for each significant
character that advances the theme of the story (i.e. three characters equals to 6
12 borrowed passages from the novel)
Do not place quotes back
Correct integration (Triple
E Formula) and citation (MLA) of
quoted, summed up,
material: establish context of quote before inserting quote,
discuss the significance of the borrowed passage to your main argument after
quoting, and use th
e MLA format to cite your sources both in
text and on your
Work(s) Cited page
Triple E: Present the
, include the contextual
to support the
example, and provide an
the contextual evidence supports
the example and t
he thesis in order to make sure that your readers understand
why you have used that source in your essay.
Avoid beginning and ending your paragraphs with quotes; instead, begin your
paragraphs with strong topic sentences and end them with muscular
Closing sentences at the end of supporting paragraphs that bring topic of
paragraph to a close
Concluding paragraph must include the following: reiteration of the thesis and
plan of development to properly bring the argume
nt to a close and to frame the
essay; followed by a closing thought, resolution, or brief and relevant quote that
ends the entire discussion on a thoughtful note.
Use the present tense.
Careful use of diction (detailed descriptions, concise
language, avoid slang,
avoid fallacies or biased language…etc.
Proper use of mechanics (good grammar, appropriate punctuation marks, strong
Eliminate the following:
_____ Spelling errors
Slang and clichÃ©s
Personal pronouns, such as
Repetition, especially at the beginning of nearby sentences
Vague words, such as
Pronoun Agreement errors
Verb Agreement errors
Punctuation errors, such as comma, semi
colon, quotation marks,
Finally, be sure you have included the following:
rect use of commas, semi
colons, apostrophes, and quotation marks
A combination of sentence forms (simple, compound, complex, and compound
Parallel structure with parallel elements in a series (commas must separate three
or more elem
ents in a series)