TIMETABLE.  The full draft of your essay is due to TURNITIN by the end of class on Tuesday, Feb. 17.  Count on Tuesday class time for finishing this process.  I will assess the draft as a minor grade, using the content writing rubric.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY. Be sure to submit your draft on the prescribed template with default pledge-header and acknowledgment-footer. In the acknowledgment footer, fill in the default blanks, if any ideas or details in your draft result from your consulting sources beyond yourself and your text.  With readily available secondary sources, be very careful about using them without proper acknowledgment.  If you have ANY questions about this, ask.  I gave you individual topics, so that you could pursue your expressed interests on your own.  Follow those interests with confidence.

COMPOSING YOUR ESSAY.  I have provided the topic, and you develop it as productively as you can.  Focus your essay on a defensible statement about some aspect of the novel.  Experiment with various ways to arrange the order of body paragraphs.  Be flexible and find the sequence that works best.

QUOTATIONS.  Use at least two per body paragraph.  Find compelling evidence for your general statements.  And, find creative ways to introduce quotes, instead of writing “This quote shows” (see below a Quickmark description of this problem*).

*Find a more concise, creative and informative way to start explaining how a passage supports your idea.  Typically, you can delete generic statements like “This quote shows”–by skipping to the main subject.  Start the sentence with a more specific noun; otherwise, the subject of your sentence is a vague word like “this.”  For example, instead of writing, “This quote shows that Macbeth is afraid that . . . ,” begin your sentence with “Macbeth fears that . . . .”  Also, remember that repeating stock clauses like “This quote shows” puts readers to sleep.

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