The intro determines the scope of the paper, is long enough, and takes the reader 

gradually to the thesis. 

Thesis is debatable (persuasive, expresses an opinion about the piece of 

 literature), precise, related to the topic, and clearly stated as the last sentence of 

the intro; no more than two sentences. It’s not an announcement: “In this paper 

I’m going to…” or “This paper is about…”; it’s not a question either.  

There is coherence and unity (topic sentence refers to thesis) within each 

individual body paragraph (see thesis) and between paragraphs. Paragraphs 

develop and support thesis with evidence, examples from the text (not from real 

life), show analytical ability.  

Direct quotes and paraphrasing are introduced, explained, and enough, relevant to support thesis and coherently integrated in the paper. 

Paper is formatted and presented with accurate MLA documentation (in-text 

citations for run-in and long quotations). 

 

Length (3 to 5 pages) and title of paper

The topic is a reflection/analysis of an aspect of a piece of literature covered in

Class.    

 
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