Twelfth Night Essay

Learning Goals:

  • Apply principles of clarity and coherence to sentences and paragraphs.
  • Write an effective persuasive essay using appropriate style, structure, and voice
  • Write a strong and effective thesis statement
  • Properly use MLA format throughout the essay

Write a well-developed five paragraph persuasive essay following the format learned in class. Use a variety of transition words throughout and be sure to edit and proofread your essay carefully. ​Reminder​: this essay should be written in ​third person​.

You will be evaluated according to the rubric on Moodle.

 

Steps to Follow:

 

  1. Choose one topic listed below​:
    1. Explain Viola’s motive for disguising herself as a male, and discuss the effect of this choice on both herself and other characters.
    2. How do lies affect love in Twelfth Night? *Focus on discussing in what ways they allow love to grow and in what ways they harm the growth of love.
    3. What is the major theme in the play and how is it developed?
    4. Who are the biggest fools in the play and why?

 

  1. Complete the Introduction Paragraph-Map​ ​(attention getter, transitional sentence, thesis, and essay map).
    1. Copy and paste the outline into a separate Word document
    2. Submit the Introduction Paragraph Map to Moodle/Turnitin ​before​ class on ​Thursday November 12th.
    3. Based on your Introduction paragraph map, record a Loom video discussing the following questions for a ​Conversation ​grade (see Conversation rubric):
      1. Which topic did you choose and why?
      2. What is your thesis statement?
  • How do you plan to support your thesis statement? ​Discuss your 3 essay map points.
  1. What was the most difficult part of completing this introduction paragraph map?
  1. Submit your ​Loom​ video to Moodle/Assignment – ​(see rubric and success criteria)
  1. Complete the ESSAY OUTLINE using complete sentences.
    1. Proofread and edit your outline
    2. Use the success criteria as a checklist to ensure you are including all the necessary components
    3. Copy and paste the outline into a separate document
    4. Submit your outline to Moodle/Turnitin “Twelfth Night Essay Outline” before class on ​Monday

November  16th. –​Observation grade for completion (see Observation rubric)

 

  1. Type the GOOD COPY of your essay ​on a new Google Document or Microsoft Word.
    1. Check over your good copy (proofread/edit carefully).
    2. Use the essay checklist once more to ensure you have included all the required components (be sure to follow the proper essay structure closely)
    3. Use the MLA format checklist (Unit 1 MLA Folder) to ensure you have structured your essay using the proper format
    4. Submit the final digital good copy of your essay (and works cited page) to Moodle/Turnitin before class on ​Wednesday November 18th.

 

 

Essay Outline

Observation

 

Paragraph # 1 (Introduction)

 

Attention getter/Hook (meant to draw your reader’s attention):

 

 

Transitional sentence: Introduction to the topic, author and works (start to narrow your ideas into your thesis statement):

 

Thesis statement: the arguable claim you are making in this essay:

 

 

Three essay map points (stated in the order in which they will be developed):

  1. a)
  2. b)
  3. c)

 

 

 

BODY PARAGRAPHS 

 

*Paragraph #2​ ​(body paragraph 1)

 

Topic Sentence​ ​(a sentence which states, repeating some but not all words, ​point a​ from your Essay Map sentence):

 

Supporting Point #1:

Supporting Proof #1:

Analysis for Proof #1 ​(discuss the significance of the proof as evidence for point #1):

 

Supporting Point #2:

Supporting Proof #2:

Analysis for Proof #2 ​(discuss the significance of the proof as evidence for point #2):

 

Concluding Sentence​ ​(concludes the idea argued in paragraph 2 and provides transition to topic sentence #2):

 

* Paragraph #3​ ​(body paragraph 2)

 

Topic Sentence​ ​(a sentence which states, repeating some but not all words, ​point b​ from your Essay Map sentence):

 

Supporting Point #1: 

Supporting Proof #1:

Analysis for Proof #1 ​(discuss the significance of the proof as evidence for point #1):

 

Supporting Point #2:

Supporting Proof #2: 

Analysis for Proof #2 ​(discuss the significance of the proof as evidence for point #2):

 

Concluding Sentence​ ​(concludes the idea argued in paragraph 3 and provides transition to topic sentence #3):

 

*​Paragraph #4 ​(body paragraph 3)

 

Topic Sentence​ ​(a sentence which states, repeating some but not all words, ​point c​ from your Essay Map sentence):

 

Supporting Point #1:

Supporting Proof #1:

Analysis for Proof #1 ​(discuss the significance of the proof as evidence for point #1):

 

Supporting Point #2:

Supporting Proof #2: 

Analysis for Proof #2 ​(discuss the significance of the proof as evidence for point #2):

 

Concluding Sentence​ ​(concludes the idea argued in paragraph 1 and provides transition to concluding paragraph):

 

Paragraph #5: Concluding Paragraph Restatement of Thesis: 

 

Summary of Main Support Points: 

 

Memorable Ending (Final Statement):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essay Writing Checklist – Success Criteria

Introduction Paragraph

❏ Single paragraph with first line indented

❏ I used an ‘attention getter’ to capture the reader’s interest

❏ I defined or introduced the title and author of the work I am focusing on, and the topic (transitional sentence)

❏ I have a thesis that is a clearly-stated argument (includes both the topic and opinion) ❏ I gave three clearly stated reasons for why my thesis is true (essay map)

 

Each Body Paragraph (3 in total)

❏ Single paragraph with first line indented

❏ Includes a topic sentence (expands on the idea mentioned in EM)

❏ Follows structure: supporting point-proof-analysis x2

❏ I included 2 convincing supporting points

❏ I included 2 convincing proofs from the novel (proofs are properly integrated and cited)

❏ I included 2 convincing analyses (2 explanations of how each proof supports the point)

❏ Includes a concluding sentence

❏ I used transition words

Conclusion

❏ Single paragraph with first line indented

❏ I restated my thesis statement (I wrote it similarly, but not identically)

❏ I summarized my 1​st​, 2nd​ , and 3​  rd essay map ideas in different words.​                                               

❏ I left the reader with something to think about in my memorable ending

❏ I did not include any new information or ideas

Proofreading/Editing

❏ I have completed the outline thoroughly.

❏ I have proofread/edited my outline to ensure it is free of spelling and grammar errors. ❏ I organized my points and ideas using transition words.

❏ I used a variety of word choices (did not repeat the same words throughout the essay) ❏ I have maintained verb tense throughout the essay.

MLA Format

❏ I typed my good copy using Google Docs or MS Word, and structured the paper using MLA rules (see MLA rules handout)

❏ I have included a Works Cited page as the last page of my paper, it includes all sources used in my essay.

❏ I properly integrated and cited quotes for all of my proofs.

❏ I used a formal tone throughout the essay (wrote in 3​rd​ person perspective; did not use slang language)

❏ I did not use contractions

❏ I maintained present verb tense throughout the essay