Paper 1: Comparative Analysis
Description 3 pages plus works cited list, 20% of final grade
Format MLA format, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font
Due intro & thesis Friday, 14 September 2018
complete draft Wednesday, 19 September 2018
final draft Friday, 28 September 2018
Compare two essays that are in conversation about a contemporary cultural issue. Consider the language, evidence, and underlying assumptions in each source. Make an argument about 1-2 key reasons why these sources arrive at their claims on the issue.
First choose one of these pairs of essays:
· Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, “The Coddling of the American Mind” & Aaron Hanlon, “The Trigger Warning Myth”
· Sheryl Sandberg, “Lean In: What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?” & bell hooks, “Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In”
· Jason Parham, “Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ and the New Shape of Protest Music” & Hanif Abdurraqib, “Redemption Song”
· If you want to choose your own essay pairing, you must clear it with me via e-mail by Monday, 9/10 at 5:00 pm.
When preparing to write, read the essays multiple times. Annotate both of them. Fill the margins with comments, questions, and definitions. Find, underline, and comment on key passages.
Begin the paper with an introductory paragraph that mentions both essays and explains the issue, concept, or problem to which the essays are responding. End your introduction with a thesis statement describing 1-2 key reasons for why the authors make the arguments that they do.
As you think through the relationship between the two texts, review They Say, I Say for help making your claim more analytical, rather than a tally of obvious similarities and differences. Remember that an effective comparison integrates both texts throughout, critiquing each in terms of the other.
|Analysis||· Introduction sets the stage for analysis by explaining the central issue and the essays’ perspectives on it.· Thesis makes analytical claim about 1-2 reasons for the difference between the essays.|
|·||· Carefully describes and analyzes specific quotations from each essay, offering multiple interpretations of select details.|
|·||· Generates thoughtful conclusion developing the implications of the paper’s claim, further sorting out the similarities and differences between the essays.|
|Structure & Clarity||· Logical overall organization with clear transitions between ideas.|
|·||· Body paragraphs generally follow this model: topic sentence/evidence/interpretation.|
|·||· Clear, readable style with appropriate, precise word choice.· Correct, complete sentences with few grammatical or punctuation errors.|
|·||· Paper and works cited list correctly formatted in MLA style.|