- James Baldwin’s short story “Sonny’s Blues”
- “Tips for Reading Critically” pp. 3-5
- “Prewriting” on pp. 38-41
- “Strategy Checklist: Prewriting” p. 39
- Point of View (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (OWL Purdue)
- Point of View (WCCS Writing Center)
Mrs. Miller’s Essay Writing Document
Write an essay that you support with the use of examples. For this example essay, we will use the story “Sonny’s Blues” and analyze how point-of-view contributes to the story’s overall meaning. Come up with a thesis statement, and back up your argument with specific observations about the text. Use at least three examples from the story to illustrate your thesis.
Be sure to write an attention-grabbing introduction with the thesis placed at the end of it. Also, be sure to create a conclusion that extends your topic in some way. See the essay writing document below for details.
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WCCS Rubric (1) WCCS Rubric (1) Criteria Ratings Pts This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Idea and Content Development Evidence is substantial, specific and/or illustrative with sophisticated ideas that are particularly well developed and supported. 20.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Focus/Purpose/ Thesis Insightfully develops a point of view/perspective/position on the issue and demonstrates a strong awareness of audience or purpose; presents a clear, original thesis. 20.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Organization Organization is purposeful, logical and coherent, making insightful connections among ideas. 20.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Language and Style Exhibits skillful use of language, insightful vocabulary, and variety in sentence structure. 20.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, usage) Conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, usage) Demonstrates mastery of mechanics; enhances reader’s understanding of the writer’s purpose; few, if any, errors, present. Shows control of mechanics but displays occasional errors that do not interfere with readability. Repeated errors in mechanics sometimes interfere with the writer’s purpose. Errors in mechanics are so prevalent that the piece is difficult to understand. Errors in mechanics make reading impossible. 20.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks 20.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0