Write a compare-and-contrast essay in which you analyze the portrayals of the characters in the two retellings of the Midas myth. Consider how the form of each text shapes the information the writer includes and contributes to the reader’s understanding of the characters and their conflicts.
Content – Basic expectations of writing purpose, clear direction in writing; elements, characteristics, traits being compared; in-depth analysis of texts with evidence used as support
Clear introduction, body, and conclusion; writing is organized in a logical and coherent manner. Body paragraphs are focused and employ the use of textual evidence for support.
Use of transition words/phrases between sections and shifts in-thought
Lead-in phrasing before quoted material and commentary after quoted material.
Things I should not see;
– contractions examples; (can’t, wasn’t, didn’t, it’s, aren’t, she’d, she’s, they’ve) etc…
– writing in 1st person ( I , we ) or 2nd person (you)
– writing in the past tense (when referring to the action in the literature)
Essay is between 4 and 5 paragraphs in length, is typed, double spaced, has 1-inch margins, and is in Times New Roman (12 pt.) font
Proper MLA citations format for cited text; example “ the king was confused” (Hawthorne 447)
Subject and Period
Comparative Essay Rubric
* Writing clearly defines the literary element of choice and accurately identifies where the literary element can be identified in each story
* Writing clearly and accurately explains how the respective authors of each work use the literary
* Writing displays an in-depth analysis of the literary works
* Writing conveys an in-depth analysis through the use of specific/detailed evidence to support the
writer’s main ideas
Clear introduction (with thesis), body, and conclusion
Logical and coherent sequence of ideas
One main idea per paragraph with development (supporting evidence)
* Writing maintains a clear intent and direction relative to validating the thesis
Spelling, Punctuation, Capitalization
Word choice and usage
Sentence structure and variety
* Avoidance of the use of contractions, 1st & 2nd person, and past tense (when referring to the
action in the literature
Essay is between 4 and 5 paragraphs in length
Essay is typed, double spaced, has 1-inch margins, and is in Times New Roman (12 pt.) font
Includes the titles and authors of both story selections
Use of background information for context; use of Transition to text evidence; use of Elaboration of text evidence.
* Proper MLA citations format for cited text; Class information and relevant title
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