further analysis. The reading is the primary and only source of supporting information needed for
essay #1. Students are encouraged to us one of their graded thesis assignment as the basis for the essay.
It should be word-processed and double-spaced, and contain all necessary identifying information in the
upper left-hand corner of the first page: Student’s Name, Professor’s Name, Title of Class, Title of
Assignment and Date.
Essays will be graded on form (organization) as well as content: 1) originality and clarity
of thesis/argument; 2) coherence, and the organization and development of ideas; 3) clarity of
analysis and conclusion; 4) evidence (source material for essay #1 would be the poem or work in
the textbook; and Mechanics (grammar); 5) correct MLA formatting. (Points will
be deducted for formatting errors.)
Final drafts of essays must contain a header with identifying information: Name of Class,
Student’s Name, Essay Title. Essays must be submitted both electronically and as a hard copy
by the due date. Failure to do so will result in a grade reduction. Essays must be word-processed and
double-spaced on one side of the page only and formatted according to MLA.