Analysis Essay Assignment
Write an essay in which you analyze themes in A Farewell to Arms. The essay should contain an introduction, body, and conclusion, be 1-2 pages in length, typed, and use MLA format. Please save your essay as a Word document and submit as an attachment to be graded.
• Analysis is not summary. Focus on themes in the story. Analysis is the practice of looking closely at small parts to see how they affect the whole.
• Literary analysis focuses on how plot, character, setting, and many other techniques are used by the author to create meaning.
• Identify key thematic choices the author made in writing the story.
• Analyze the impact of the author’s choices, discussing how these decisions affect the story’s meaning.
• Organize your ideas so that each new idea builds on the one it follows to create a unified whole.
Read the story several times. Take notes on its themes, characters, setting, plot, and so on. Be sure the notes include looking beyond the surface to the deeper meaning the author is trying to relay. Analysis also looks at why the meaning is important.
This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.CriteriaExemplary20 pointsProficient15 pointsEmerging10 pointsDeveloping5 pointsUnsatisfactory0 pointsIntroduction
The introduction contains a solid thesis statement that focuses on the points of analysis, a hook, and a preview of the main points.
The introduction is sufficient with a thesis statement, a hook, and a preview of the main points, but may need additional development, specificity, and/or avoidance of announcements.
The introduction is present but may be missing a thesis statement, a hook, a preview of the main points, or is less than a paragraph in length.
There is a sense of an opening, but elements are missing or underdeveloped.
The introduction is not included.
Each body paragraph is fully developed with examples and details. Organization is logical and transitioning is smooth.
Each body paragraph is fully developed with examples and details. Organization is logical, but smooth transitioning is needed.
There are areas that need further development through details, examples, or explanation.
Much more explanation is needed and/or body sections are not fully formed.
The body is not included.
The conclusion restates the thesis, summarizes the main points, and ends memorably.
The conclusion restates the thesis, summarizes the main points, but the ending lacks strength.
The ending is present and a full paragraph but neglects to fully tie up the main ideas.
The ending is less than a full paragraph and neglects to fully tie up the main ideas.
The conclusion is not present.
Analysis contains excellent depth and detail, and is relevant to the story.
Analysis is present but could be more fully developed.
Some analysis is present, but most of the essay is summary.
The essay contains summary as opposed to analysis.
Analysis is absent.
/ 20Mechanics and Academic Integrity
The essay contains 0-2 errors. Required sources are used, they are credible, and cited and referenced in proper format.
The essay contains 3-4 errors. Required sources are used, they are credible, and cited and referenced in proper format.
The essay contains 5-6 errors. Required sources used are credible, and cited and referenced, but format is incorrect.
The essay contains more than 6 errors. Required sources used are not cited and referenced, or are not credible.
Readability is impacted due to errors. Required sources used are not cited and referenced, or are not credible.
/ 20Total/ 100
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