Topic for Paper 2:
How do two short stories help the reader to understand a common theme?
By writing this paper, you will answer this question and demonstrate the
following skills for writing and literature:
- Analyze literature for a purpose
- Distinguish digital or print materials through annotation in order to demonstrate reading and summary skills
- Identify a common theme in two short stories
- Identify one to three examples from each story to support the theme
- Write a thesis statement that clearly identifies the titles of the
stories, their authors, the theme, and what the paper will discuss about
the stories and the theme
- Write clear topic sentences for paragraphs that inform the reader what the paragraph will discuss
- Develop paragraphs that explain how the examples from the stories support the topic sentence of the paragraph
- Organize a comparison and contrast paper by presenting paragraphs in
a logical and interesting fashion using one of two methods for
comparison and contrast: story-by-story or idea-by-idea
- Write sentences in standard American English that clearly express ideas
- Demonstrate the correct use of MLA formatting within the paper and on a Works Cited page
- Explain your writing process in a clear and logical fashion
Overview of the Workshop Format for Paper 2
In Paper 1, you developed an initial thesis statement that considered
how a theme is shown in a short story. In Paper 2, you will be building
on that discussion by considering and analyzing a second story. You
will be developing a comparison/contrast paper that focuses on bringing
in appropriate material from Paper 1 and your stories. You will be using
the feedback you received on Paper 1 from your instructor to help you
revise any material you may want to use in Paper 2.
For Paper 2, review the selection of stories and choose another story
that would work with your previously chosen theme and short story.
Then, as you did for Paper 1, you will workshop the following areas in
the weekly discussions.
Week 5: Thesis.Your thesis statement should include
both stories and the theme. You will work on the thesis, pattern of
organization, and outline in the Week 5 discussion. Topic sentences for
the outline will also be reviewed. You will also be applying the
critical reading skills you’ve been developing throughout the course.
Weeks 6, 7, and 8: Development. The development or
body of the paper will focus on analyzing how the literary element
connects to the meaning of the theme in both stories. During Weeks 6, 7,
and 8, in the discussions, you will review the following writing
strategies to develop your paper. The paragraphs are becoming more
complex because you will be using the two stories (instead of one) to
develop and present your ideas.
- development of body paragraphs that include strong topic sentences
and transitions that sets up comparison/contrast of the two stories and
their shared theme
- development and management of the “they say/I say” components for using multiple sources in writing
- inclusion of claims and evidence that help to develop your argument
- using keywords and lengthy quotations as development
Throughout Weeks 5 to 8: Sentence Level and MLA.Your
writing should be carefully proofed for sentence-level concerns. It
should be formatted and documented according to MLA documentation in the
form of parenthetical citations and a Works Cited page (work from an
anthology). Throughout the writing of Paper 2, you will be applying
these grammatical and documentation skills you learned from Paper 1 to
Reminder: As in Paper 1, remember that your reader
has read the story and is familiar with them. You do not have to spend
time on summary. Instead, your development should explain and analyze
how the examples from the two stories help your reader understand the
theme and your thesis.
Reflection:When complete, upload your work to the
Assignment Folder within the link "Paper 2" by the deadline. On a
separate page of your submission, provide an overview of your writing
process for this paper.
Include a few paragraphs on your writing process, including what you learned about writing in moving from Paper 1 to Paper 2.
Word Count:800-1,000 words
Due Date:This paper is due at the end of Week 8.