compare and contracts two literature pieces

compare and contracts two literature pieces
Paper details:

these are the two literature pieces i want to compare (1) I HAVE A DREAM by Dr Mathins Luther (2) SELMA the historical Film
Grade Rubric and Narrative:
200 Level Literature Papers
The following are common grading standards in my 200 level literature survey papers. At the end of each standard you will have a ranking from 1-10, with 1 being the poorest and 10 being the best. There may or may not follow a particular explanation for your ranking. Since these standards are not equally weighted, your scores on each item DO NOT add up to your overall grade.


Titles Titles on papers should constitute the beginning of your argument. They should be jazzy and specific; in other words, they should be interesting and imply your particular argument or topic in the paper.
Rating 1-10: ___________________ Explanation: ______________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________Introductions Introductions should cover all the main ideas of the paper. One good way to check for this during revision is to go through the paper and underline all the main ideas in the paper and then read the introduction. Does it cover all of the main ideas? It should not start very broadly and gradually narrow down to the specifics of the paper; since you have already caught your readers’ interest in the title, your introduction should begin precisely with your most focused arguments or observations. Somewhere in 6th grade you MAY have learned to start broadly and telescope down to a narrow focus in the introduction: if so, UNLEARN this. Start razor sharp in your focus, and stay that way.

Rating 1-10: __________ Explanation: _____________________________________________________________________


Thesis statements Thesis statements are not questions, but one good way to get to a good thesis statement is to ask one or a few good questions, just be sure to answer those pointed questions and make a strong claim. Your essay is not a mystery, but an explanation or a clarification, and so you want to make a strong clear set of claims from the beginning and develop and support those claims as the paper moves on. As such, the thesis should be very precise and cover all of the main ideas of the paper. Compound and listing theses get this job done well.
Rating: 1-10: ___________ Explanation: ____________________________________________________________________
Body Paragraphs Body paragraphs should have a clear main idea statement and be unified around that main idea. Only sentences that support that main idea should be in that paragraph. As a general rule, paragraphs should not be more than 1/3-1/2 page long. Claims should be clearly developed and supported fully. Paragraph order should be clearly logical, building on your argument in a logical flow. Paragraphs should not repeat one another or seem out of order for the argument. A clear outline or paragraph plan is a good way to plan for this order. During revision, take the time to read the main ideas of each body paragraph and determine if the paragraphs are in a clear logical order or if there is a better order in which they should be arranged.

Rating: 1-10 _____________Explanation: _____________________________________________________________________

Transitions and Coordination There should be ample transitions between paragraphs. There should be ample coordination among sentences, letting the reader know how each is related to each. Check the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue ( for a great handout on this.
Rating: 1-10 _____________Explanation: _____________________________________________________________________
Inserting and Using Sources Well per MLA
Please use the OWL ( to review how to insert sources per MLA and how to cite them in your bibliography or works cited. Be sure to use only peer reviewed authoritative sources in a literature paper. In a literature paper, one should always introduce sources fully upon first use. Take the time to tell your reader who you are quoting and why you are bothering to quote them. This can usually be accomplished by giving the author’s whole name and the title of their work in the sentence before the quote. Then, you should quote the quote itself per MLA punctuation rules; be sure to look this up to refresh yourself, paying careful attention to how to punctuate and space long quotes (called block quotation). Depending on the type of source (book, electronic, etc) different things will be required of your parenthetical citation; be sure to consult the OWL MLA guide for this. Be sure that you are quoting substantial meaningful quotes: don’t just quote a half-line of a claim, but also quote the support or reasoning behind that claim. AFTER you have inserted your source correctly per MLA, you need to be sure that you are supporting your quote with analysis. This goes back to paragraph development. Quotes should develop the main ideas of your paragraphs and will require explanation from you after you have inserted the quote.
Rating: 1-10 _______________Explanation: _________________________________________________________________
Many writing teachers feel that conclusions should be the strongest, most persuasive argument in a paper. Be sure to be direct, conclusive, and to cover the main ideas of your argument. You can point toward the future, or refer to the past, or quote an important person or event to make comparisons. You can use metaphors. You allude to the next step in the argument. But the conclusion is above all the most important place to prove the SIGNIFICANCE of your observations: why is what you have observed meaningful and important? Be sure, however, to understand that you are writing to an audience who already believes that literature is important—so stay within the audience literary scholars as you argue for significance.
Rating: 1 – 10 _________________Explanation: ________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________Audience Awareness
Voice, Diction,
Word Choice
Grammar and
MLA Format
Follow the Assigment Your audience is someone of your education level or above who is interested in literature and believes it to be an important discipline. Your audience is not in our classroom and doesn’t know your assignment or your conversations. It might be helpful to imagine your audience as readers of a literary journal.

Rating: 1-10 ___________________Explanation: ______________________________________________________________


You should write in standard English and develop your scholarly vocabulary. Don’t use slang unintentionally.
Do not use “I” unless you are telling a story about what you did. “I think,” “I feel,” and “I believe” types of phrases are a waste of space and weaken your voice; as the author it should be clear that you are writing your opinion and stating so makes you sound unsure. Don’t use “you.” Contractions are fine. Once you have precise, scholarly vocabulary work on adding adjectives and adverbs to be as descriptive as possible in your word choice. Don’t waste space by starting with generalities and moving to specifics. Stay as narrowly focused as possible. Use active phrasing to avoid passive, over-wordy sentence structure.

Rating: 1-10 __________________ Explanation: _______________________________________________________________


Adhere to standard grammar and spelling. Edit for careless errors. Read your paper out loud to check for this.
Check the OWL for tutorials and quizzes on common grammar errors.

Rating: 1-10 _________________ Explanation: ________________________________________________________________


The paper should adhere to MLA format in heading, titles, spacing, margins, MLA quote format, and Bibliography or Works Cited format. Again, check the OWL for a great sample MLA paper and for tutorials.

Rating: 1-10_________________ Explanation: ________________________________________________________________


Does the paper follow the assignment? Please check your assignment sheet carefully several times during your writing process. Does the paper follow the directions by writing on topic in the way that the assignment requires? Is it the right length? Does it have the right amount and kind of sources? Is it on time? Has the writer submitted the required process materials (like proposals, drafts, workshops, etc)?

Rating: 1-10__________________ Explanation: _______________________________________________________________

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Papers 1 and 2:
Protest Writing Then and Now
For your papers, I’d like you to choose any piece of literature I have assigned you to read this in this course and compare and contrast that piece of literature with a current piece of protest literature, which can be a novel, a story, play, a memoir, a song, a movie, a piece of performance art, a piece of visual art, etc. You’ll begin this work with the first paper, around 500 words. And for the second paper you’ll expand and finish it at around 1000 words. You can choose to submit both parts at once for the same grade, if you feel confident in your writing. Or, you can do your best in the first half—get notes from me and a grade—and then submit the second half based on that feedback.

A. What would I like you to compare and contrast?
1) What is being protested?
2) What are the methods of protest being used?

–what kind of piece of literature is this?
— how is it designed to persuade
–what traditions or movements is it associated with
–what is the voice of the author like?
–what evidence or logic are used in this piece?
–who is the intended audience?
–what change is the author hoping to make?
B. What do I mean by “a current piece of literature”?
— something written and published within the last 5 years
–a film, a poem, a novel, an essay, a memoir, a play, a performance piece, public art, journalistic pieces, photographs, paintings, a song, etc.
C. Parameters
— MLA format; at least 4 direct quotes from each source; Works Cited; Academic Standard English
–Length: 500 words paper 1; 1000 words paper both are 1000 words

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