Checklist for Essay 3 Do you give the title of the story in the introduction

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Checklist for Essay 3

  1. Do you give the title of the story in the introduction before you refer to “the story” or “this story”?

  1. Is the last sentence of the introduction a one-sentence thesis statement that (1) gives the title of the story (in quotation marks) and the name of the author; (2) identifies, specifically, the main ideas of your essay; and (3) shows how the main ideas are logically related? (The thesis statement should not just “list” your main ideas.)

  2. Does the thesis statement at the end of the introduction express the same specific ideas presented in the first sentence of each body paragraph, as shown in the example below?

Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” illustrates the old woman’s attempt to alleviate loneliness by creating an alternate reality for herself, yet she is ultimately forced to face the self-deception for what it truly is.

  • Miss Brill’s ritual of visiting the park every Sunday helps her to cope with loneliness.

  • Miss Brill alters her perception of reality to avoid facing unpleasant aspects of her life.

  • A series of events leads to Miss Brill's illusion being shattered and forces her to realize the self-deception.

  1. Is there a transitional sentence at the end of each body paragraph that links together the main idea in the paragraph and the main idea in the next body paragraph?

  2. Do you use at least three or four short quotations from the story in each body paragraph?

  3. Do you use at least one quotation from a secondary source in each body paragraph?

  4. Do you use the secondary sources indicated on the Essay 3 assignment page?

  5. Do you avoid long quotations? You should avoid quotations that span more than two or three lines of your paper. If you do use long quotations, see if you can shorten them.

  6. Do you use some quotations that are just a few words that are smoothly integrated into your own sentences? If so, good!

  7. Are all quotations integrated into your own sentences, with proper punctuation if any is needed between your words and the quoted words?

    • If a complete sentence introduces the quotation, use a colon (:)

    • If the word “says,” “thinks,” “asks,” etc., appears just before the quotation, use a comma

    • In most other situations, do not use any punctuation.

  8. Do you give the author’s last name in parentheses at the end of each sentence in which you present a quotation from the story? Is the punctuation put in the correct place? A period or comma always goes after the parentheses, never before. This is “correct” (Joyce). This is “incorrect.” (Joyce)

  9. Do you give page numbers with the citations for sources that have page numbers, like this (Walzl 225)?

  10. For quoted passages in which quotation marks already appear, have you changed the original quotation marks to ‘single quotation marks’? Example: The narrator describes his “confused adoration” for Mangan’s sister when he says, “All my senses seemed to desire to veil themselves and, feeling that I was about to slip from them, I pressed the palms of my hands together until they trembled, murmuring: ‘O love! O love!’ many times” (Joyce).

  11. Do you remove the final punctuation from quotations if the punctuation does not make sense in your sentence?

  1. Do quoted words appear in your essay exactly as the words appear in the original?

  2. Do you explain the meaning and relevance of all quotations?

  3. Do you avoid the awkward “This quote means” approach to explaining quotations? Instead, try using this pattern for some quotations: Someone says, “quotation,” suggesting that . . .

  1. Do you avoid awkward references to your own “claims” and “support” in your essay?

  2. Is your essay free from plagiarism? If you copy more than two words in a row from the story or a secondary source, are those words in quotation marks?

  3. Do you use a formal writing voice for your essay? Eliminate contractions, such as “can’t” and “isn’t” (except for the contractions that appear in quotations). Eliminate first-person references, such as “I think that.” Eliminate informal language, such as “guy” and “kids.”

  4. Do you use the present tense as you describe what happens and what is said in the story?

  1. Is the Works Cited page prepared properly?

  1. Have you proofread your Essay 3 carefully for the types of grammar and punctuation errors that have come up in your other essays?

  2. Have you looked at the “Areas for Improvement” section of the feedback page with your graded Essay 2 and checked those aspects of your Essay 3?

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