Write a two-page paper that discusses the causes and effects of one of the following topics in terms of a theme Jhumpa Lahiri develops in The Namesake. This essay is not a research paper, so you should not consult outside sources for ideas. The teacher wants to assess your thinking and your analysis of the novel.
• Dual identity
• Successful Relationships
• Parental expectations
The introduction engages the reader, introduces the topic, and includes a thesis statement that will serve as a blueprint for the main ideas developed in the body paragraphs.
Body paragraphs follow solid paragraph structure by beginning with a topic sentence, including two or three PIEs, and ending with a concluding sentence which refers clearly to thesis statement. PIE = Point, Illustration, Explanation
Transitions from part to part and paragraph to paragraph are smooth and logical.
Conclusion summarizes the ideas presented in the paper and leads the reader to an interesting idea—the So what? or the So why does this matter to life?
Thesis is clearly stated, fully expanded, specifically states the main ideas of your paper
Thesis says something specific about the topic being explored. Theme = topic + author’s lesson about topic
Ideas are presented logically and clearly in body paragraphs that are relevant to the thesis
Each paragraph includes at least two illustrations quoted from the text to support ideas.
All ideas are explained and analyzed fully.
Words are clear, precise and spelled correctly
Sentence formation is clear and varied
Proper punctuation is used
• The rough draft is due on Wednesday, September 30 for peer review points.
• The final draft due date window is from Thursday, October 1 to Monday, October 5 at 3:10 p.m.
• Papers turned in on Tuesday, October 6, will be graded, and then 25% will be deducted from the score earned. However, the lowest score earned will be 50% off.
• Papers turned in on Wednesday, October 7 or later will only receive half credit.