Write an essay that identifies and explains Fitzgerald’s ARGUMENT in the novel about one of the topics below, and defend or challenge his ARGUMENT with an additional source. To develop your essay, synthesize THREE relevant examples from the novel AND evidence from a credible article.

Summative Essay (see rubric below):
Strong thesis statement to establish Fitzgerald’s ARGUMENT
3 relevant quotes from the novel as support for his argument
1 quote from a credible article as support for your position
2-3 pages, correctly formatted using MLA guidelines

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Formative MLA Guidelines Assessment:
Double-spaced, 12 pt font, 1” margins
Complete header in upper left hand corner and center title ONLY
Use quotation marks for “article titles” and italicize book titles.
In-text citations must match a complete reference on the Works Cited page.
Use the author’s last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken.
Author’s name may appear in the sentence OR in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase.
When a source has no known author, use a shortened title of the work.
Page number(s) always appear in the parentheses, NOT in sentence.
Electronic sources do NOT require page numbers.
Begin works cited on a separate page
Use hanging indent and list works in alphabetical order
Provide all required information in the correct order
NO ALL CAPS or hyperlinks

RUBRIC
AP Language and Composition, Spring 2021
Units 6-7: Argument Essay on The Great Gatsby

6 = 98 Responds to topic with a thesis that presents a clearly defensible position
Provides specific evidence to support multiple claims:
At least THREE relevant quotes from the novel
At least ONE relevant quotes from a credible article
Consistently explains how the evidence supports a line of reasoning
Demonstrates sophistication of thought or a complex understanding
Consistently identifies and explores tensions
Articulates implications or limitations of argument in a broader context
Makes effective rhetorical choices the consistently strengthen the argument
Employs a style that is consistently vivid and persuasive
5+ = 94

5 = 90 Responds to topic with a thesis that presents a defensible position
Provides specific evidence to support multiple claims:
At least THREE relevant quotes from the novel
At least ONE relevant quote from a credible article
Consistently explains how the evidence supports a line of reasoning

4+ = 86

4 = 83 Responds to topic with a thesis that presents a defensible position
Provides evidence to support multiple claims:
At least THREE quotes from the novel
At least ONE quote from a credible article
Explains how some evidence supports the line of reasoning

3+ = 80

3 = 75 Responds to topic with a thesis that presents a somewhat defensible position
Provides evidence:
At least THREE quotes from the novel
At least ONE quote from a credible article
Explains some evidence; has a faulty/ missing line of reasoning
Consists of a mix of specific evidence and broad generalities
May contain some simplistic, inaccurate, or repetitive explanations
Does not explain the connections or progression between claims

2 = 68 May or may not respond to topic with a thesis that presents a defensible position
Provides evidence or references:
At least TWO quotes from the novel
At least ONE quote from an article
Summarizes evidence but does not explain how evidence supports argument

1 = 60 May or may not respond to topic with a thesis that presents a defensible position
Repeats provided information or references to only TWO quotes.

 

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