Sexual Violence

Needs to be an original argument about the reading, and include quotes.
Major Essay—Narratives of Sexual Violence
Assignment: For this major essay—your big “term paper,” if you will—I invite you to
present an original argument about any course text we have encountered thus
far. As always, you should support your argument with specific textual analysis (i.e.
quotations from the text, which you analyze thoroughly). Again, this prompt is very
open-ended, so please pursue whatever texts or topics most interest you. You are
welcome to do outside research or engage with scholarly sources, but remember that
the bulk of your essay should still be your close readings of your original text. Your
essay should be at least 6 pages long, though you are always welcome to go over if
you need to make your argument.
**This is your biggest assignment of the semester. I assign the Major Essay at this
point in the semester to give you a chance to really dive into your work without the
pressure of “finals” and to offer you the time and space to develop drafts, incorporate
feedback, and complete revisions for extra credit.**
Details
-Due dates: there are two dates to pay attention to for this paper:
-Week of 4/4: meet with Dr. D; sign up here; draft of at least 2 pages due at
the time of meeting
-Sunday 4/10: Major Essay due! (by 11:59 pm EST, via Canvas)
-Requirements: at least 6 pages, double-spaced; 12 pt. font; 1” margins; Times New
Roman, Garamond, or Arial font; Works Cited 8th edition page attached (with a
citation for the novel of your choice)
*Works Cited does not count towards the page limit
-Rubric: This essay is worth 125 points:
-Meeting with me (20 points): did you attend your conference? Did you bring a
draft of at least 2 pages to your meeting?
-Claim (35 points): is your claim clear? Is it specific? Is it arguable?
-Evidence and analysis (35 points): do you incorporate evidence from the
text? Do you carefully and thoroughly analyze the evidence you use?
Does the evidence support your claim? Do you draw clear connections
between your evidence and the claim?
-Style and mechanics (5 points): is your writing clear and easy to follow?
Are there relatively few mechanical errors?
-Logistics (5 points): is your paper the full length (6 pages)? Is it properly
formatted and cited?
There will be an additional opportunity for revision (“Comments on Comments”) after
you receive your graded essay. Please stay tuned for more information.
A few notes about writing from Dr. D:
● In this class, you are more than welcome to use “I” in all of your papers (In fact,
“I claim” or “I argue” is often a great way to start out an argumentative essay!)
● You may always go over the page limit. If you write it, I will read it. Every
argument is different, and some arguments need more or less evidence to make
compelling cases.
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