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Analysis Essay For The Crucible Essay

Directions: Choose ONE of the essay prompts/topics below. Answer your chosen prompt in a five-paragraph essay based around a one-part thesis. Each of your three body paragraphs must include a quote from The Crucible. Since this essay has a more straightforward format than the Close Reading essay for Great Expectations, we will be focusing on the writing process as you move towards producing a final draft. Consequently, you will be required to complete the prewriting work in this packet, write TWO drafts, complete a peer-editing letter, and produce a final draft. Rewrites will NOT be offered on this essay, so visiting the Writing Center is encouraged!

Possible Essay Topics

1. Despite the Puritan background of the citizens of Salem, it seems as though almost every character tells a lie at one time or another throughout The Crucible. What specific role does dishonesty play in The Crucible?

2. Fear and faith are both powerful forces at work in Salem. In your opinion, what does The Crucible say or suggest about the relationship between faith and fear?

3. Many characters in The Crucible seem preoccupied with the status and maintenance of their reputations. What impact does the presence of this reputation-centered mentality have on the evolution of the trials?

Prewriting

Select a topic (circle or star your choice above), and jot down the first few ideas that pop into your head when you think about how you would go about answering your selected question. If you can’t decide on a topic, brainstorm ideas for two topics you’re thinking about. Based on how many ideas you’re able to come up with for each topic, choose one (if drafting doesn’t go well, you can always change your mind later on). Brainstorming:

Brainstorm a clear, coherent answer to the question (this will be the basis of your thesis). Answer:

Now, brainstorm what you could possibly focus on in your three body paragraphs to prove your thesis. In other words, what THREE reasons/ideas will you use to support/justify your thesis?

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Formulate your thesis. Your thesis should clearly state your answer to the topic question. Since you will be writing a one part thesis, you do NOT need to include your three supporting reasons or ideas in your thesis. Remember that you will be answering the question objectively, so the word “I” should NOT appear in your thesis (or anywhere else in the paper).

Thesis: _____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Create a logical order of ideas for your paper. One idea (in terms of your thesis) will guide each body paragraph. Under each main idea, brainstorm potential quotes you will pull from The Crucible to support your argument in that body paragraph. You don’t necessarily need to include direct quotes yet; a paraphrase or note that will remind you of a specific quote is fine.

Body Paragraph 1: ______________________________________________________________________ Possible quotes:

Body Paragraph 2: ______________________________________________________________________ Possible quotes:

Body Paragraph 3: ______________________________________________________________________ Possible quotes:

Putting it all Together

1. In your introductory paragraph, include a hook statement/attention grabber that relates to your topic, and include a small amount of background information (assume your reader has read the book). Be sure to include the title and author (Remember to italicize the title!). You will end your introduction with your thesis statement.

2. Your three body paragraphs must begin with a topic sentence that transitions into the paragraph, states the main idea of the body paragraph, and relates to the thesis in some way. Support your argument with evidence from the novel. You must include a quote from the novel in each body paragraph to support your claims, and you MUST analyze/discuss the importance of that quote to prove your point! Your analysis should explain specifically HOW each quote proves your thesis. Include a concluding sentence for each body paragraph that connects back to your thesis.

3. In your concluding paragraph, restate your thesis and reinforce the main points of your paper. Any specific items of background information that you referenced in your introduction could be mentioned again. Most importantly, your conclusion should end with a detailed, well thought-out statement of the IMPLICATIONS of your argument. Answer the question of “So what?” Tell your reader why your argument matters or what your argument implies (this is your take-home message).

General Requirements:

Use 12 pt. Times New Roman Font and 1” margins.
Type double-spaced on one side of the paper.
Do not use I, me, we, YOU or any other personal pronouns.
Do not refer to the essay or narrate the essay as you write it – just write it! Do not refer directly to quotes. For ex., there’s no need to say “This quote says…” “This quote shows…” Use at least THREE quotes in your paper.

“Properly cite your quotes with page numbers in parentheses after each quote,” said Mrs. Filush (4). Write your essay in present tense. Example – Proctor says…, Abigail believes…

DUE DATES:

Pre-writing Packet:____________________ (5 points)
1st Draft: ____________________ (15 points)
Peer Editing Letter: ____________________ (15 points)
2nd Draft: ____________________ (15 points)
Final Draft: ____________________ (75 points)

Rubric Checklist – The Crucible Essay

INTRO – ______/ 10 pointsComments:
_____ Hook/attention grabber
_____ Background Information
_____ Title, Author (listed correctly)
_____ Thesis Statement offers specific argument in  response to topic.

BODY #1– ______/ 15 points
_____ Transition
_____ Topic sentence connects to thesis
_____ Topic sentence includes main idea of paragraph
_____ Paragraph includes quote; quote is cited properly
_____ Context provided for quote/quote well-blended into writing _____ Discusses/analyzes quote to help support argument
_____ Paragraph ends with a connection to the thesis

BODY #2– ______/ 15 points
_____ Transition
_____ Topic sentence connects to thesis
_____ Topic sentence includes main idea of paragraph
_____ Paragraph includes quote; quote is cited properly
_____ Context provided for quote/quote well-blended into writing _____ Discusses/analyzes quote to help support argument
_____ Paragraph ends with a connection to the thesis

BODY #3– ______/ 15 points
_____ Transition
_____ Topic sentence connects to thesis
_____ Topic sentence includes main idea of paragraph
_____ Paragraph includes quote; quote is cited properly
_____ Context provided for quote/quote well-blended into writing _____ Discusses/analyzes quote to help support argument
_____ Paragraph ends with a connection to the thesis

CONCLUSION – ______/ 10 points
_____ Restates thesis
_____ Wraps up main points
_____ Leaves reader thinking about the larger implications

STYLE & MECHANICS – ______/ 10 points
_____ Double spaced; 12 pt. Times New Roman font; 1” margins _____ Essay is written in present tense
_____ No use of I, me, we, or YOU (personal pronouns)
_____ No reference to essay or quote
_____ No contractions
_____ Proofread: No grammatical or spelling errors
_____ Sentence structure: Essay is free of fragments and run-ons _____ Style, sentence variety, and diction (word choice)

Final Draft _______/75Prewriting Work (packet): _______/51st Draft: _______/15

Peer Editing Letter: _______/152nd Draft: _______/15

Total Score_______/125Letter Grade: _______


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