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Essay 1 (20%): This essay must be a minimum of 600 words (at least 2  and 1/2 pages long). Longer essays are acceptable.

Choose one of the discussion questions provided to date and write a detailed response. You may include your discussion board response, but this essay should be more detailed than that of a discussion board response and  should be constructed as a complete essay. Critical thinking and a thoughtful analysis of the text are important to achieving a good grade.
Secondary sources are encouraged but not required. 
The essay is due by Saturday evening of week 4. 

—You can and should cite from the primary text (the story). Be sure to use appropriate in-text documentation. (Review MLA citation). 
—This essay should have an introduction with a solid thesis, a body, and a conclusion. 
Every essay should have a beginning (introduction, which clearly states the subject, goal, and thesis *statement* [the thesis is never a question; it is the answer to the question], and a brief map of your essay. Review: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/thesis-statements/ (Links to an external site.) ), middle (body, in which you cite evidence and use facts to support your thesis), and ending (conclusion: summarize and synthesize the evidence for your essay). 
A few tips for formal writing:

Avoid contractions
Never use you/we/us
Avoid overuse of first person (I)
Avoid informal style and colloquial language
DOCUMENT EVERYTHING —if you look it up, you must document it
Make sure your works cited/bibliography has all the primary and secondary sources you have used
State the full title and author in the introductory paragraph
Develop a title personalized to your essay
Develop a coherent thesis/argument & reiterate this in your conclusion

For MLA style documentation help, review the Style Guide in Course Information, and also refer to Purdue OWL: 

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ (Links to an external site.)  (MLA)
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/2/ (Links to an external site.)  (On Academic Writing)