Response to literature essay in which you cite not only the book, but outside articles to prepare your for college level writing tasks



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Into The Wild

Literary Analysis
RATIONALE: Now that you have read the book, it is time to write a response to literature essay in which you cite not only the book, but outside articles to prepare your for college level writing tasks.
THE PROMPT: Hubris (possible assessment)

One theme explored in depth throughout Into The Wild is the fine line between hubris (excessive pride or self-confidence) and deliberately living one’s life on the edge. A number of Alaskans argue that Chris McCandless brought about his own demise by going into the wild without sufficient respect for the wilderness. Others believe that Chris understood the risks he took and that he did so deliberately because he wished to push himself to the limits of his ability. Did Chris act recklessly when he walked into the

Alaskan wilderness or did his actions reflect the certitude of an individual testing his own fortitude?
Write an essay in which you develop a thesis (an argument) about Chris’s actions, specifically whether they constitute hubris or a deliberate risk. Consider the information provided -- including the source -- in the following documents: “Remembering Christopher McCandless 20 Years Later,” “Examining Chris McCandless, 20 Years After He Went ‘Into The Wild,’” Into the Wild: 3 Hikers Rescued Near Scene of

Fatal Alaska Adventure,” the video excerpt of Jon Krakauer’s appearance on Oprah (if not used to introduce the assignment), “Did Krakauer Finally Solve ‘Into The Wild’ Mystery” or “How Chris McCandless Died,” and Into The Wild. Be sure to distinguish your claim from opposing claims, support your argument with at least four of the documents (including the book) and cite your sources.


THE ESSAY:

As you move to higher level learning institutions, you will move away from the standard five paragraph essay in favor of an essay of your own design where you may start a new paragraph wherever you may like. However, as you slowly graduate from this form to the next, please heed the following outline and planning packet to help you with this essay.


THE OUTLINE:
PARAGRAPH ONE:
Topic Sentence: Everyone dreams of living an authentic life where he can live deliberately, freely, and for a higher purpose. However, the human species is more than capable or error; therefore, the quest for adventure will never reach fruition without extreme hardship.

Lead-in-

Begin with a parallel story where someone who attempted to live deliberately and freely such as Henry David Thoreau, Edward Abbey, Jack Kerouac, Captain Paul Watson, Cheryl Strayed, Anne LaBastille, Beryl Markham, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Edward Snowden, John Muir, , Allen Ginsberg, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Daniel Ellsberg, Mahatma Gandhi, , Che Guevara, Nelson Mandela, Ho Chi Minh, Galileo Galilei,.

RECAP THAT PERSON’S STORY HERE:


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TRANSITION WHERE YOU TIE IT TO INTO THE WILD and Chris McCandless’ story


THESIS: Chris McCandless’ decision to go into the wild constitute (CHOOSE ONE) hubris or deliberate risk.
ELABORATION SENTENCE: ______________________________________________

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PARAGRAPH TWO:
Topic Sentence: __________________________________________________________

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QUOTE YOU WANT TO USE FROM “Examining Chris McCandless, 20 years after he went 'Into the Wild': ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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EXPLANATION SENTENCES (1-3):

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PARAGRAPH THREE:
Topic Sentence with transition: ______________________________________________

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QUOTE YOU WANT TO USE FROM : Into the Wild: 3 hikers rescued near scene of fatal Alaska adventure:

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EXPLANATION SENTENCES (1-3):

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PARAGRAPH FOUR:
Topic Sentence with transition: ______________________________________________
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QUOTE YOU WANT TO USE FROM SOURCE OF YOUR CHOICE: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________.
EXPLANATION SENTENCES (1-3):

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*Please see webpage for link to quotes of your choice.

PARAGRAPH FIVE:
Topic Sentence with transition: ________________________________________________________________________

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QUOTE YOU WANT TO USE FROM THE ACTUAL BOOK: ____________________

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EXPLANATION SENTENCES (1-3):

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PARAGRAPH SIX-CONCLUSION:
TOPIC SENTENCE:

RECAP PARALLEL STORY:

RECAP YOOUR MAIN POINTS:

CLINCHER
WORKS CITED:
-You will need to put your four sources in this section at the end of your paper. They must be written in MLA format.
These are posted online, but here are links to the articles you can use for your support paragraphs:
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/29/nation/la-na-nn-into-wild-rescue-alaska-20130529
http://www.adn.com/article/chris-mccandless-example-20-years-later
http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-chris-mccandless-died?mobify=0
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pete-mason/remembering-christopher-mccandless_b_1777825.html

http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/02/why-the-teen-brain-is-drawn-to-risk/



GRADING RUBRIC


CATEGORY

10

8

6

4

Grammar/

Punctuation



Paper is free from punctuation and grammar errors; written in present tense, academic English

1-3 errors

4-6 errors

7+errors

Structure

Each support has a topic sentence, transitional phrase, and indented paragraphs

1-2 errors

3-4 errrors

5+errrors

Evidence

Four support paragraphs with a quote each, properly cited and embedded

All quotes are present but not properly cited or embedded

1 quote is missing

More than 1 quote is missing

Elaboration

The quotes in all four support paragraphs are properly explained and tied back to thesis.

All quotes are explained but not quite tied back to thesis

At least one quote is not properly explained

More than one quote is not properly explained

Intro/Conclusion

Lead-in, Thesis, Topic Sentence/Clincher (conclusion only) present in opening and ending

At least one element is confusing

At least one element is missing

More than one element is missing

MLA Format and Voice

10/12 pt Times New Roman, double-space, indented paragraphs, four entries for Works Cited

1 error

2 errors

3+ errors

The essay should be written in academic register (active voice, present tense or past tense consistently, and no “I”;s)


Read your paper aloud before submitting it to make sure it makes sense!
The Works Cited Page should have four entries that start on a new page
The outline is worth 25 points
Essay is due to Turnitin.com on Monday, February 2nd


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