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MACBETH ESSAY ASSIGNMENT 2012

ESSAYS ARE due at the start of class on Friday, January 20th. Late essays will only be accepted for -10 on Monday, January 23rd or for -20 during finals. due to the end of the semester, No essays will be accepted after finals.
No late outlines will be reviewed (only outlines in on the due date are guaranteed to be checked) See page 6 for more details on turning in the paper.
Essays must be typed with all sections completed to be accepted. This and the final are the last major grades for semester 1.
WRITING PACKET:

included are eleven new pages to help you write this essay. you already have many of these sheets. We have been working with most of this since the first week of school. This is your last chance to practice before the junior research paper. please try your best to do a great job on this essay. please put these into the writing section of your binder- you will need them for the research paper and you will not get them again.

I Want an A+

Here are some revision and editing techniques that should help you develop your paper to the next level of brilliance. Though they are not mandatory, they can help you assure your paper earns the highest score possible, and they can help you improve your writing in the future. Try them!



  • read the essay aloud so you can hear any errors

  • have it read aloud to you again to hear errors and flow issues

  • read sentence by sentence backwards to check for fragments & run-ons in isolation

  • read paragraph by paragraph backwards to check for cohesion within each paragraph

  • re-use your peer rubric with the final draft to be sure it has those elements

  • photocopy the final rubric and score yourself using it to be sure all elements are present

  • re-read all handouts on the paper to be sure every area is accounted for

MACBETH ESSAY ASSIGNMENT
PART 1: Develop a thesis chart and statement

A. Pick a possible topic for your essay

Consider the themes, symbols, and bid ideas from the play. Also, do some

research at the library and/or at http://access.gale.com/cps/ (unit # and

password 1710). Pick one of the top two databases.

B. consider the elements of a thesis statement

Look at this sample to help: (this is too simple- you cannot use it)


Who:

Macbeth

What:

transforms from noble warrior to deceitful murderer

Where:

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth

When:

Early Modern Era

Why/How: 1.

exemplifies honor

2.

incites evil

3.

annihilates everything




  • NOTICE THE “WHY/HOW’S” ARE NOT PLOT- THEY ARE IDEAS THAT CAN BE EXPLAINED WITH PLOT

  • NOTICE THAT THE “WHY/HOW’S” ARE PARALLEL (THEY ALL START WITH A PRESENT TENSE VERB)


when where Who What

Sample thesis: In Shakespeare’s tragic Early Modern Era play, Macbeth, Macbeth transforms from noble warrior to deceitful murderer as he first exemplifies honor, then incites evil, and finally annihilates everything he once loved. Why/how 1 Why/how 2

Why/how 3




  • YOU DO NOT NEED TO LABEL THE THESIS, BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE ALL THE PARTS


C. Make in a chart of your own:

Who:

(a person or a group of people or society)



What:

(starts with a strong verb & is the point of the whole essay)



Where:

In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth

When:

Early Modern Era

Why/How: (usually do not included character names, ideas that can have 2-3 ex’s from plot)



1.





2.





3.





D. Write your chart out into sentence form (where and when are written for you):
In Shakespeare’s tragic Early Modern Era play Macbeth, _______________________


MACBETH ESSAY ASSIGNMENT

PART 2: outline the Macbeth essay




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