Essay 1: analytical response to a text final draft


Essay 1: Analytical Response to a Text – 750-1,000 Words – 200 Points (20% of Total Grade)

Due date for rough draft (100 points):  Friday, 15 May

Due date for final draft (100 points): Friday, 29 May

According to the textbook, An analytical essay “closely examines a text both for what it says and for how it does so, with the goal of demonstrating for readers how—and how well—the text achieves its effects” (98).

For this first essay, students are expected to provide a sophisticated summary of Isabelle Gill’s “Representation of Disney Princesses in the Media” (738-752), and then provide a clear and focused examination of Gill’s purpose and how well she achieves it. Students should be prepared to consider the following elements of Gill’s argument:

  • Her thesis and perspective
  • Her major claims, reasons, and evidence
  • The components of her analysis
  • Her purpose for writing the argument

Drafting Requirements:

MLA style: 12-pt. Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, double-spacing, page numbers in the upper-right-hand corners, class header (see MLA page 1 sample), clear and descriptive title.


Content (strength of ideas, claims, evidence, etc.): 50%

Clarity (precision and specificity): 35%

Mechanics (grammar and punctuation, MLA documentation): 15% 


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