Essay 1 PAGE \* MERGEFORMAT 2 The Human Animal ?Suddenly, as I watched their grotesque and unaccountable gestures, I perceived clearly for the first time what it was that had offended me, what had given me the two inconsistent and conflicting impressions of utter strangeness and yet of the strangest familiarity. The three creatures engaged in this mysterious rite were human in shape, and yet human beings with the strangest air about them of some familiar animal. Each of these creatures, despite its human form, its rag of clothing, and the rough humanity of its bodily form, had woven into it--into its movements, into the expression of its countenance, into its whole presence--some now irresistible suggestion of a hog, a swinish taint, the unmistakable mark of the beast.? (H.G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau) Sequence one included diverse writing activities to help you think about the topic of ?the human animal? in interesting, critical, and argumentative ways. Each of the assignments has helped to move you toward Essay One, which is an argumentative academic essay focused on rhetoric, context, and claim development. ASSIGNMENT Develop a set of persuasive claims about The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TSC) and/or The Island of Dr. Moreau (IDM) within a very specific context Perform a close reading on 2-3 salient passages or examples from TSC and/or IDM to complicate/illustrate your claims Analyze the passages as part of a textual, cultural, or historical context in which you appraise and complicate your observations through critical thinking Compose an academic essay that uses rhetorical appeals to argue your claims APPROACH Make sure that your claims are argumentative and interesting, as well as related. Take time to consider and integrate possible counterarguments. FORMAT 4-5 properly-formatted pages (see syllabus) Upload to digital dropbox (website) GRADING RUBRIC Discourse Community and Genre Purposes are clear and useful for genre; adheres to unique genre characteristics. Engages well with audience through rhetorical appeals; meets audience?s needs with proper tone and personality. Context and Critical Thinking Context is unique, interesting, and critical. Develops ideas logically. Demonstrates college-level complexity and creativity. Demonstrates effective comprehension, analysis, and evaluation. Claim Development and Presentation Claims are narrow, multiple, and provide unity and direction for the paper. Claims are fully developed and clearly communicated. Includes acknowledgment of counterarguments. Shows complexity by expanding and deepening thinking about the subject. Argumentation style Movement is smooth, logical, and well-supported. Appeals to logos, ethos, and pathos enhance argument. Uses counter-arguments to a specific purpose. Argument is fully developed. Organization Demonstrates successful organizational strategy. Transitions are effective. Paragraphs, sentences, ideas, and claims are presented cohesively. Paragraphs are complete and complex. Editing and economy Skillfully written using proper Standard English. Uses variety in language, and sentence structure. Complex and correct grammar and punctuation.
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