Content: Thesis statement is precise, interesting, and clearly stated; All body paragraphs in the essay clearly relate to and support the thesis; Excellent use of outside and textual support (reasons and evidence) for the thesis statement; support is relevant, reliable, and logical; Introduction is sufficiently developed, appropriate, and lively. Conclusion is sufficiently developed, appropriate, and lively. Organization: Paragraphs are unified and coherent; Order of paragraphs is logical; Topic sentences are clear and precise; Combination of transition words & phrases Style: Sentence structure is correct and varied. Sophisticated and concise word choice/ sentence structure; No use of 2nd person, 1st person, or contractions MLA: MLA format is used correctly for all outside research; Paper is correctly formatted in MLA (Times New Roman, 12 point font, no extra spaces between paragraphs); Meets length requirement; All quotation marks are properly placed; Signal phrases are used to introduce quotes; signal phrases include the name and credentials of source Incorporated the required number of sources; Works Cited entries are correct; Works Cited page is formatted properly; More than the required number of sources are included in essay Grammar, Punctuation And mechanics: No distracting errors exist in the area of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics for Standard American English. Prompt: Requirements Your prewriting should consist of a typed ½ page proposal in which you clearly establish 1) what topic you’ve chosen; 2) why you’ve chosen it; and 3) at least two preliminary outside sources you’ve located that will lay the foundation for your essay. For this final requirement, please do not merely provide the name of a database, but rather offer a brief summary of your research thus far. (Example: “I found a great article written by a Professor at UCLA entitled ‘Why Hamlet Still Matters’ that was published in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, and a recent Vanity Fair interview with a Broadway director where she discusses Hamlet’s depression.”) Your paper should consist of 1) an introduction and thesis statement; 2) body paragraphs that present specific evidence from the text(s) at hand; and 3) a conclusion that summarizes your position and reasserts its merit. You must cite a minimum of three outside sources in your paper; be sure to have correct MLA citations and a corresponding works cited entry for each. Though you should cite any literary works you quote or reference from our course textbook, these do not fulfill the outside research requirement. You must find additional sources (literary criticism, author interviews, etc.) from Wor-Wic’s academic databases or .edu websites to bolster your analysis. This paper should be three pages in length and must strictly adhere to MLA Style in both formatting and citations.