Paper 2 – What Does It Mean to Be Mentally Healthy in

Paper 2 – What Does It Mean to Be Mentally Healthy in a Complex World?

Instructions: Write a complete essay (title, introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion) that incorporates the ideas from our assigned readings in support of an original argument. Your essay must be at least 6-7 pages with an annotated bibliography and proposal—(submit as three separate documents). You must use at least THREE of the assigned sources (see below), and a minimum of TWO (maximum of THREE) academic outside source(s) from JSTOR or GALE.

Esme Wejun Wang – “High-Functioning” (379)

Sarah Stillman – “Hiroshima and the Inheritance of Trauma” (336)

Leslie Jamison – “Devil’s Bait” (165)

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt- “The Coddling of the American Mind” (230)

Giles Fraser – “Taking Pills for Unhappiness Reinforces the Idea that Being Sad is Not Human”


Final Drafts should be 6-7 pages long. Papers that are significantly short (or long) will not be accepted. i.e. At the very minimum, your essay should have one line on the 7th page.

Final papers are due via email (as a word document) on the due date. If I don’t receive your essay by the deadline, it will be considered late.

I do not accept late work. Essays are due on the due date.

All papers should conform to proper MLA style which includes an original title and correct mechanics (One-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman Font, double spaced).

All drafts should be proofread for error. Your surname should appear on the first page and in the header of every page, along with the page number.

Final drafts should be polished; that is, your finished product is expected to be free of spelling and grammatical errors. I am expecting college-level writing. I will not accept papers that are not proofread for error.

Submission Requirements:

Submit your essay, proposal, and annotated bibliography as separate Word (NOT PDF) documents.

Clearly label the documents that are meant to be graded with “final copy last name grade this one” or some variation of that

Submit all peer reviewed drafts; failure to do so will result of a penalty of 1 full letter grade

Criteria for Evaluation:

Argument: 30 points

Argument directly and fully answers the prompt; is clearly stated early in the paper; is original, compelling, and logical.

Evidence: 30 points

Appropriate amount of relevant, accurate, and justifiably interpreted quotation. Quotations are thoroughly introduced, explained, analyzed, and connected to argument/other texts.

Organization: 30 points

Paragraphs maintain argumentative focus, exclude extraneous information, appear in a logical order, and transition smoothly. Introduction sets forth argument and goals of essay. Introduces title(s) and author(s) in introduction

Format: 10 points

Correct MLA format, including proper quotation citation and Works Cited page. Includes an original title.


The A Paper

Thesis presents a strong assertion or claim, is tightly focused

All quotations or examples clearly demonstrate and support the claim of the paper

Essay displays insightful understanding and analysis of the topic and text(s)

Essay is solidly developed with focused and organized paragraphs

Quotations or examples are contextualized, explained, or woven smoothly into the discussion

Exhibits strong diction and skillful use of language

Uses MLA citation format correctly

Few, if any errors in academic conventions

The B Paper

Thesis is clear, though not a strong assertion or claim

Good quotations or examples, but less than complete analysis of or comment on the quotations

Essay shows understanding of the text, but lacks depth of analysis

Occasional generalizations and vague word choice (e.g. interesting, important)

Generally follows academic conventions (e.g. present tense verbs, underlines or italicizes book titles, correct quotation citation information)

The C Paper

Thesis is more of a fact or announcement, doesn’t make a claim or provable point

Paper lacks a title other than the title of the book or work

Focus of the paper is unclear

Paper includes more summary than analysis

Generalizes about readers or topics outside the scope of the text

Lacks command of the language (problems with word choice, sentence structure, grammar)

Numerous errors in academic conventions

A Failing Paper

No discernable thesis/argument in the essay

Complete absence of quotations

Essay is significantly longer or shorter than what the assignment calls for