Compose a 750 to 1250 word essay in MLA format using one of the following questions: 1. Select two of the poems assigned for Module 8.

Compose a 750 to 1250 word essay in MLA format using one of the following questions:
1. Select two of the poems assigned for Module 8. Identify one dominant theme in each poem. Construct an argument about how the tone, speaker, and diction help in developing that theme.
The Poems that I chose to use are Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays” and Adrienne Rich, “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
Successfully completing this assignment will involve constructing an overall thesis for your essay that addresses one of the prompts above and then using quotations and references to specific scenes from the works you select as evidence to support your argument. Reference the Writer’s Workshops in Modules 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8 for helpful advice about constructing literary arguments as well as using MLA format for your essay, quotations, citations, and references.
HUMN 142 M9 Essay 3 Rubric
HUMN 142 M9 Essay 3 Rubric
Criteria
Ratings
Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction
Provides context; includes thesis and forecast if required.
10.0 pts
Clearly provides all necessary information and sets expectations.
8.0 pts
Minor lack or excess of information; minor lack of clarity.
6.0 pts
Confusing, vague or lacking.
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBody Structure
Paragraphs focus on one major idea; Transitions clearly show relationships among ideas.
10.0 pts
Paragraphs consistently meet expectations; transitions very clear.
8.0 pts
1-3 lapses in paragraphs; 1-3 problems with transitions.
6.0 pts
So many lapses in paragraphs or problems with transitions that comprehension is difficult.
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion
Decisively ends paper.
10.0 pts
Ends paper with powerful impact; creates a fully satisfying sense of completion.
8.0 pts
Ending works, but may be weak or does not create a good sense of completion.
6.0 pts
Weak, confusing or missing ending.
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent
Paper effectively responds to the topic; paper is sufficient length to adequately address the topic; both works are discussed thoroughly.
30.0 pts
Paper carefully and thoroughly responds to the topic, discusses both works intelligently and compares and contrasts them effectively.
24.0 pts
Paper adequately responds to the topic; length is adequate to address the topic; there is discussion of two works of literature.
18.0 pts
Paper does not respond effectively to the topic; length is insufficient to adequately address the topic; discussion of one work missing or incomplete.
30.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Style
Variety of sentence constructions, appropriate brevity, use of parallelism, poetic effects (such as metaphor, simile, alliteration). Appropriate; avoids jargon, slang, and overly emotionally charged words.
15.0 pts
Pleasing variety of sentence constructions; always effective and appropriate brevity, use of parallelism and/or poetic effects.
12.0 pts
Relatively few minor errors.
9.0 pts
Errors detract significantly from comprehension or create significant distractions.
15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar
Fragments, run-ons, tense, voice, person, disagreement, spelling, punctuation.
10.0 pts
Few to no errors (1% or less of assignment word total).
8.0 pts
Some errors (less than 5% of word total).
6.0 pts
Errors detract significantly from comprehension.
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSources
Integration and Citation: Quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing; in-text citations and references adhere to required style.
15.0 pts
Sources interspersed with writer’s own analysis or synthesis; quotes are less than 10% of paper; 1-5 minor errors in documentation.
12.0 pts
Sources interspersed with writer’s own work; quotes are less than 20% of paper; more than 5 minor errors in documentation.
9.0 pts
Sources strung together with little of the writer’s own work; quotes are 50% or more of paper; citations missing or with major errors; plagiarism.
15.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0
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