Literary Analysis-Reader Response Criticism Select one of the poems or short stories from the syllab

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Literary Analysis-Reader Response Criticism Select one of the poems or short stories from the syllabus. (Raymond Carver Cathedral story)
(Writing Response One
Identify one major theme the author conveys within the work.
Write a two-three-page paper defending the presence of that theme within the selected work. How did the writer develop this theme?
It can be 2 to 3 pages
Paper Guidelines: Only one work may be utilized in this paper
At least three literary devices must utilized within essay
MLA Format
Please see syllabus for due date and late work policy.
Literary Analysis Rubric
Score____________ – Late Point Deductions ___________ = Final Grade _______________ 15-14
13-11
10-8
7-4
3-0
Introduction Begins with insightful general statement(s) related to topic to convey relevance/ Concise & pertinent background information on topic/
Includes title and author Background information is efficient, but needs to connect with topic more/ Flows from general to specific/ Includes title and author
Background information may not relate to the thesis/ Too little or too much summary/ May not flow from general to specific/ Title & author
Background information is lacking or has unnecessary information/ /Missing title or author/
No Intro
No title & author
No thesis
Thesis
Arguable, organized, and thought-provoking thesis/ Specific target Thoughtful, arguable. Provides sense of organization for essay
Arguable thesis / may not fully developed or focused.
Thesis is too general or cannot be proven through analysis
No thesis Commentary
and
Analysis
Insightful commentary that analyzes each quote relating directly to the thesis/ Delves beneath the surface to develop ideas Thoughtful commentary conveys evidence of close reading.
Basic commentary that may stay on surface/ Points out basic facts/ May lack critical insight/ May repeat as opposed to develop argument
Commentary does not analyze/ Too much plot summary
No Commentary
All plot summary
Conclusion
Conclusion restates thesis and makes connections outside of the text/ Provides profound relevance to essay topic
Conclusion restates thesis/ All commentary/ Conveys relevance of topic
May not restate thesis/ May include plot summary/ Relevance of topic remains questionable
All plot summary
No Conclusion Paragraph
Organization
Essay is clearly organized with thesis & topic sentences
Thesis & topic sentences connect
May lack a clear, direct connection between thesis & TSs.
Essay is missing topic sentences and transitional phrases.
Lacks any organization
Conventions
and
Grammar
Virtually no grammatical errors.
Please see highlighted items for recurring grammatical issues throughout the paper:
fragments
comma splices,
run-ons,
agreement errors,
minor errors: capitalization, first person usage,
other_________________________________ Few grammatical errors that do not inhibit ideas
Please see highlighted items for recurring grammatical issues throughout the paper:
fragments
comma splices,
run-ons,
agreement errors,
minor errors: capitalization, first person usage,
other_________________________________ Some grammatical error that may inhibit ideas
Please see highlighted items for recurring grammatical issues throughout the paper:
fragments
comma splices,
run-ons,
agreement errors,
minor errors: capitalization, first person usage,
other_________________________________ Many wordy or awkward sentences/ Serious grammatical errors that distort ideas
Please see highlighted underlined for recurring grammatical issues throughout the paper:
fragments
comma splices,
run-ons,
agreement errors,
minor errors: capitalization, first person usage,
other_________________________________ Severely lacks clarity
Please see highlighted items for recurring grammatical issues throughout the paper:
fragments
comma splices,
run-ons,
agreement errors,
minor errors: capitalization, first person usage,
other_________________________________ Formatting
Perfect MLA formatting
Missing one MLA formatting requirement
Missing two MLA formatting requirements
Missing three MLA formatting requirements
Missing more than three than t MLA formatting requirements

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