text-based argument for Kim Addonizio’s “First Poem for You”

text-based argument for Kim Addonizio’s “First Poem for You”

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Textbook information: Lit 207 – Literature: Craft & Voice, Second edition, McGraw Hill, 2013

It is now time to write another text-based argument. Begin by reading Chapter 3, “Developing an Argument” carefully and following the plan in our textbook. As was true for Short Paper 1, you need to select a poem (this time choose one from the Anthology section of our text (pp 974-1000), so there has been no previous discussion of it), make a claim about it, and use the lines of the poem as evidence to support your claim. You will be providing a close reading of the poem, once again proceeding through the steps of:

interacting with the reading
exploring your ideas
developing a thesis
creating a plan for your paper
generating a first draft
revising your draft
editing and formatting your paper.
it may rely on outside source material, providing you are careful to follow the guidance in our text and avoid plagiarism, but in any event it should present a close reading of the entire poem as well as an argument for that particular reading. Show off your growing knowledge by using as many appropriate vocabulary words as you can. If you present them in bold type, I will be sure not to miss them.

Be sure to state the poet and title in the first sentence (with the page number in a parenthetical note).
Scoring Rubric for Short Paper 2

Paper exceeds the minimum length and is written on a poem from our textbook other than one which is analyzed in-depth (such as Lee’s “Eating Alone”) and provides a thorough text-based argument with a clear claim and strong support from the poem throughout. It is clear the student understands the poem thoroughly and is able to provide a confident, close reading/interpretation of it along with arguing a specific thesis. If outside source material is used it is integrated effectively as support for the student’s own claims and it is credited appropriately according to the MLA guidelines provided in our textbook. Vocabulary terms are used often and precisely. The paper is engaging, well-organized, and entirely on-topic. Mechanics, such as quotation, are handled expertly; there are no grammar, usage, spelling or punctuation errors.

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