Please use the follow instructions and models to help you write the paper:
Use quotes to support a point. Example point & quote: Malcolm X argues that history cannot be censored for long. He declares, “[e]very day now, the truth is coming to light” (X).
Your paper’s answer must come from what they say in these two stories. You may research biographical info on the writers, but your answer to the prompt needs to be based on what is said in “Learning to Read” and “I Choose Exile”. For instance, don’t go into details about X’s childhood or Wright’s acting career.
Videos for context: Context of Jim Crow and The Civil Rights Movement “Malcolm X -what is your last name?” & The life and Times of Richard Wright
The unfinished sample thesis statements below are models and allow you to form your own answers to the prompt questions based on these two stories.
(prompt) Malcolm X and Richard Wright experience important life events that shape their opinions, actions, and attitudes. Their writings seem to mostly advocate for the rights, equality, and dignity of people of color; however, where and how can some of their claims and statements or assertions cause offense to Black Americans in particular? Consider their actions, decisions, and perhaps even accusations that may anger or hurt those they appear to defend?
A thesis 1 prompt must be a statement that answers the question “What assumptions or claims do X and Wright make that would likely offend some people of color?. Don’t answer with a quote. Instead, identify the overall offending or injurious judgment these authors make. Richard Wright may suggest people of color _______________ while Malcolm X says they are guilty of ____________________________.
(prompt) Both Richard Wright and Malcolm X realized the disparity and conflicts between Black and White people during their time. Whether it was the education system, the fight for civil rights, or a personal matter of buying a home, each experienced and identified the problems of racial inequality and responded to it. Based on your reading, which author had the more appropriate and productive response and why?
A thesis 2 prompt must be a statement that answers the question “Who had the better response to the problems they faced and why?” Don’t answer with a quote. Instead, identify which author’s response (Wright leaving and X learning reading history and non-fiction) was the response that was the best solution and / or proportional to the problem they faced. Richard Wright’s decision to find freedom is ______________________ compared to Malcom X’s act of ___________________ as one is ______________________ while the other is ___________________________.
There are two ways to organize your analysis comparison:
Discussing both writers and stories Discussing one writer and one
at the same time: story at a time:
Of course, you will have more body paragraphs than shown as well as a conclusion.
Edit with the checklist below:
Use this editing checklist in addition to the essay directions, sample draft, packet readings, and lectures to help you finalize your paper:
The final paper is focused on one prompt (and both stories equally)
The paper’s intro includes a thesis that introduces your subject and claim:
Provide some background, such as a brief description of the historical context or brief biography (cited) for each author.
Avoids lengthy summary of each story. If you do have summary, maybe 2-4 sentences total.
Each body paragraph begins with a topic sentence (not a quote), giving a reason or idea to support the thesis.
The details that follow will be evidence from our stories to prove your thesis’s answer. Evidence comes from the stories primarily, supplemented by some research you’ve done.
Evidence (words, ideas, and information) borrowed is cited both in the text and then completely (more than just a web link) in the annotated works cited page.
Annotation for each source should be about 3-8 sentences.
The conclusion restates the thesis (optional)
The conclusion summarizes each point made in the body paragraphs
The conclusion leaves the reader with a final thought or a certain lasting impression. It could project the authors’ or the stories’ lasting impression(s).
The paper is relatively free of spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors.
The paper is written in 3rd person (avoiding saying “I, me, us, we, our, etc.”)
Diction is formal, professional
The paper is at least 1,600 words
The paper is MLA formatted (See sample essay and reading packet’s MLA section). It includes an annotated bibliography of at least 4 various sources.
A successful academic composition must follow all directions and requirements and have both clear, supported ideas and consistently correct mechanics (think grammar, punctuation). I love to give good grades and try my best not to deduct points, but it’s important for you to understand papers are graded, so I’ve created a general explanation:
-An A paper does many things, including following the writing prompt, answering its question(s) with clear, specific ideas and wording that doesn’t leave readers guessing. It has a clear organization of introduction, body, and conclusion. Each body paragraph begins with a point (reason) to support the thesis. It avoids questions and announcements. A successful paper also stays on topic, developing one point at a time with plenty of clear explanation, description, and research evidence. A Harvard study in 2020 revealed lower test scores for low-income students during online learning (Randal 9). It avoids consistent grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation errors. The paper uses a good variety of information to make the paper’s point clear and developed. It avoids plagiarism and cites all sources properly in-text and in the bibliography. The paper’s borrowed words (quotes and paraphrases) do not exceed 25% of the entire paper.
-B paper will do many of the things listed for an A paper, including a clear thesis found in the introduction, paragraph organization and focus on the topic; however, it may have a few errors or missing elements, such as missing page numbering or maybe an incorrectly formatted source citation. It includes good vocabulary but might have vague wording A 2020 study done shows online learning affects some students negatively. The paper’s borrowed words (quotes and paraphrases) do not exceed 25% of the entire paper.
-C paper may answer the writing prompt but will sometimes move off topic or move on to a new point before fully explaining. There may not be clear vocabulary or proper MLA citations. The word count may be 50+ words below the minimum word count, and there may be consistent errors in spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation. It may have vague points without clarity or follow-up explanation. A study showed how poor students were affected by online learning. The paper’s borrowed words (quotes and paraphrases) might exceed 25% of the entire paper.
-D or F paper may fall very short of the word count, 100+ words below. It may not follow the writing prompt fully as it goes off topic and explores a different question. Details, clear explanations, researched facts may be missing. It may also have a lack of coherence, going in different directions with topics. Citations may be missing and / or improperly formatted. The paper may include many errors in spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, grammar, and organization. Ideas may not be specific. Online learning hurt students who don’t got money. The paper’s borrowed words (quotes and paraphrases) might exceed 25% of the entire paper.
Please use the follow instructions and models to help you write the paper: