Question: What is the main argument that Frederick Douglass makes in his Narrative?
Be sure to include direct references in the form of parenthetical documentation of information from the Douglass’ Narrative. (Douglass, pg. 9). Use quotes and other important data from the book to “prove” your thesis statement. Include an introduction, multiple “body” paragraphs, and a conclusion to frame your analysis. Use standard one-inch margins, Calibri font, and 12-point type size.
Inclusion of a Title: Is there a title for the essay? Does the title reflect the subject matter of the essay? Is the title creative? Is the title centered at the top of page one? Is the first letter in each word of the title capitalized?
Effective Introduction: Is there an introduction for the essay? Is the introduction no more than half of a page in length? Does the introduction briefly establish the background to understand the subject matter? Does the thesis appear at the end of the introduction?
Inclusion of a Thesis statement: Does the essay have a well-formulated thesis? Does the thesis appear at the end of the introduction? Is the thesis one sentence to three sentences in length? Is the thesis specific in terms of the explanation of the subject matter to be proven by the writer?
A thesis statement is simply the main answer to the question you are addressing in your essay. A strong thesis statement is specific and details a handful of ideas that will be explained in the essay. The best thesis statements are one to three sentences in length, are very specific, and appear at the end of the introduction. Try to place 3-5 specific ideas within your thesis statement. Then explain each idea sequentially in your essay.
Use of Evidence: Does the essay utilize quotes and other specific and detailed information from the source? Does the essay use parenthetical documentation to cite the information with page numbers from the book (Douglass, pg. 9)? Does the essay also use a sufficient number of examples and detail in the form of people, places, events, key dates, and concepts?
Try to use many quotes in your essay to illustrate key ideas. Quotes should be no longer than 4 lines of double-spaced type. Avoid using quotes in the introduction and conclusion. When using a quote, introduce the quote to the reader like this: According to Douglass, African-American slaves “worked from sunup to sundown.” After placing a quote in your essay, try to explain the meaning of the quote to the reader. Use one or more sentences to explain the connection of the quote to your subject matter and thesis statement.
Use of Paragraphs: Does the essay include multiple paragraphs, topic sentences at the start of paragraphs, and transition sentences at the end of paragraphs? Are all of the paragraphs no more than half of a page in length? Are the paragraphs indented five spaces?
Effective Conclusion: Is the conclusion no more than a third of a page in length? Does the conclusion restate the thesis? Does the conclusion give the reader a take home message connected to a larger and more modern idea?
Proper Formatting: Is the essay 6 double-spaced pages in length? Does the essay utilize 12-point type, Calibri font, and one-inch margins? Does the essay provide page numbers in the bottom right corner of each page?
Proofreading: Is the essay relatively free of spelling and grammatical errors?
Work Cited Page: Does the essay provide a work cited page at the end of the essay as page 7 (does not count towards page requirements 1-6)?