American River College Prof. Jeff Moran The Pearl – Character Analysis Project

American River College

Prof. Jeff Moran

The Pearl – Character Analysis Project

Instructions

For this writing assignment, I am asking you to write about one of the protagonists- either Kino or Juana- in John Steinbeck’s parable novel, The Pearl. As discussed in class, your thesis statement should make a specific and arguable claim about the character you choose to analyze. You must also use MLA in-text citations to analyze at least 3 quotes from the novel, and your essay must be at least 2,000 words. Please carefully review the example Character Analysis Essays that I provided and follow the structure reviewed together in class.

Due Dates

Assignment

Date

1st Draft: Remember, this is one of the only assignment with a due date for this class. As a result, barring truly extraordinary circumstances, late work will not be accepted.

December 6, 2021

2nd Draft: You have one week from the date of the initial grade/feedback to resubmit your essay for a higher grade

Grading

Rubric

Points

Character Analysis: You make a specific and arguable claim (thesis statement) about your character and then use evidence from the text to prove your claim

100

Structure: Your essay follows the Character Analysis Essay structure as reviewed in class and provided example essays.

50

In-Text Citations & Quote Analysis: You used MLA in-text citations to analyze at least 3 different quotes from the text and then analyze your quotes for their connecting to your claim.

40

Originality & Effort: Your writing shows originality, careful thought, and obvious effort.

20

Editing: Your writing is free of major grammatical and mechanical errors, including capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and verb forms.

20

Length: Your essay is at least 2,000 words.

20

TOTAL

250