Thursday, May 23, 2013

To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Comment Instructions

I would like your To Kill a Mockingbird essay comments to answer the following four questions. Write two sentences for each of the four questions.

I – How does the essay begin? It should start on a general note about your topic, and then narrow to a specific thesis about the story. What is the essay’s thesis?
II - Of the three examples and quotations contained in this essay, which is the best? Why? What made it stand out above the others?

III - What is one thing this essay does well? It could be its organization, word choice, writing style, choice of quotations, introduction, or conclusion. In addition to mentioning what the author does well, copy and paste an example of what you thought was particularly effective. Be sure to put the example in quotations.

IV - What is one area of this essay that could use some improvement? It could be editing and capitalization, it could be that the essay is missing three quotations for each of the three examples, it could be that the writer doesn’t have a conclusion. Please review the criteria for the essay and think about one improvement that would make the essay better. Be as specific as possible so the writer knows what to change or revise. Don't worry about hurting the writer's feelings. Saying "I liked it. It was really good." won't help your classmate improve his/her weaknesses.

Your comments should appear below the story you are responding to. When asked to choose an identity, use your Google/Blogger ID. Comments not posted according to these instructions should be deleted.

I would like you to respond to a minimum of one essays per class (3 total). Please have your comments ready to show me at the start of class on the day they are due, as I will check them then. Your classmates and I thank you for your valuable feedback.
    One comment = 33% 
           Two comments = 66%       
        Three comments = 100%    
            Four comments = 133%       
     Five comments = 166% 
 Six comments = 200%

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