FICTION ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS
In preparation for the Fiction Essay and by completing your textbook readings, you will be equipped to objectively respond by compiling information from a variety of sources to compose a paper that allows you to write a persuasive analysis of a literary work; follow standard usage in English grammar and sentence structure; identify the theme and structure of each literary selection as well as the significant characteristics or elements of each genre studied; and evaluate the literary merit of a work
In Module/Week 3, you will write a 750-word (3–4 pages) essay that compares and contrasts 2 stories from the Fiction Unit. Before you begin writing the essay, carefully read the guidelines for developing your paper topic that are given below. Review the Fiction Essay Grading Rubric to see how your submission will be graded. Gather all of your information, plan the direction of your essay, and organize your ideas by developing a 1-page thesis statement and outline for your essay. Format the thesis statement and the outline in a single Microsoft Word document using current MLA. You are required to submit your thesis and outline by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 2 for instructor feedback.
The Fiction Essay is due by Module/Week 3 and must include a title page (see the General Writing Requirements), a thesis/outline page, and the essay itself,followed by a works cited/references/bibliography page of any primary and/or secondary texts cited in the essay.
Guidelines for Developing Your Paper Topic
Choose 2 of the following short stories to compare and contrast in your essay:
• “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson,
• “The Destructors” by Graham Greene,
• “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence,
• “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne,
• “The Child by Tiger” by Thomas Wolfe, or
• “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell.
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