Your paper grade will be based on four criteria: “Focus” refers to a clear, cent
Your paper grade will be based on four criteria:
“Focus” refers to a clear, centered discussion, with a solid argument that is
developed throughout the paper, via explanations and examples.
“Understanding” means that you interpret the literary work correctly.
“References” are citations of outside critical works, as well as quotations taken
from the primary literary work itself.
“Conventional language” is effective, straightforward wording and phrasing. This
includes grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.
Structure of your paper:
Your paper should have text, and a separate Works Cited list.
Give your paper a title that reflects your theme, e.g., “Men’s and Women’s Roles.”
You should begin with an introductory paragraph or thesis. This intro states what
the paper will cover and what point you want to make.
The body of the paper should contain examples from the literary work to illustrate
your points, as well as quotes from your secondary source(s).
A concluding paragraph should sum up what you’ve said and add insight beyond
your introductory paragraph.
In your text:
Use present tense, not past tense, to describe continuing action in the poem, story or
Avoid long plot summary. Refer to plot only to support your arguments.
In-line text citations: Athena says to Telemachus, “Find a ship and a crew of 20 men
who will follow you” (Book 1, lines 350-351).
To cite an outside source in your text, list the author’s name and the book or article.
The critic Hugh Kenner writes in Odyssey Revealed that Odysseus is “a complex, heroic
In Works Cited (at the end of your paper) use this format:
Citing a work in an anthology:
Harris, Muriel. “Talk to Me: Engaging Reluctant Writers.” A Tutor’s Guide: Helping
Writers One to One, edited by Ben Rafoth, Heinemann, 2000, pp. 24-34.
For single-author works:
Kenner, Hugh, Odyssey Revealed. 1990. New York: Perseus Books.
Avoid quoting from 123helpme.com, sparknotes.com, enotes.com, Cliff Notes and
other similar web sites.
The assigned readings are your primary sources. They need to be listed in your
Proofread your paper before handing it in. The paper you hand in is your final draft