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In this essay, you will use your Summary / Analysis Essay about the film Gran Torino. Your purpose is to put forth an opinion about one of the film’s messages or themes, to develop that opinion with specific support from the film, AND then to back up your opinions/interpretations with credible, academic research.
Start with your essay about the film, Gran Torino.
You can revise your thesis and main points, but your essay about the film should be your foundation for this essay.
Assert your position or belief. Take a stand on your topic, and support it with textual examples from the film, personal examples (if the experience did not happen to you, it does not qualify as a personal example), and academic research.
Structure for the Essay
Present relevant background or contextual material
Briefly summarize the film, Gran Torino
Explain the focus of the paper and your specific purpose
Reveal your plan of organization
Use your outline and Summary / Analysis Essay as flexible guides
Build your essay around points you want to make (i.e., don’t let your sources organize your paper)
Integrate your sources into your discussion with the TAXES technique
Summarize, analyze, explain, and evaluate published work rather than merely reporting it
If the argument or point of your paper is complex, you may need to summarize the argument for your reader
If prior to your conclusion you have not yet explained the significance of your findings or if you are proceeding inductively, use the end of your paper to add your points up, to explain their significance
Move from a detailed to a general level of consideration that returns the topic to the context provided by the introduction
Perhaps suggest what about this topic needs further research
This essay should be 4 – 6 pages long.
This essay must have a coherent, insightful thesis statement that is stated in the introduction and in the conclusion.
Each body paragraph must begin with a specific, focused topic sentence.
This essay must consist of at least five paragraphs (an introduction, at least three body paragraphs, and a conclusion).
This essay must use correct MLA citation procedures for both in-text documentation and the works cited page.
This essay must avoid the infamous “Monster Errors”: fragments, fused sentences, and comma splices.
This essay must avoid contractions, second person, unnecessary first person, slang, and misspelled words.
This essay must make an effort to avoid other errors discussed in class, specifically misused commas and apostrophes.
NOTE: You need to achieve all of these points to score in the “Meets Expectations” section on the rubric.
ENG 101 • Carl Sandburg College • K. Price
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