Using what you have learned from this class and the book Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson, you will address the following prompt in an essay:
Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson is about the hubris of humankind. In a detailed essay, you will write about how hubris has affected both society and you. In it, you will cite at least one specific example of hubris from the book, a specific example from modern times (within the last year), and a specific example from your own life. Finally, you will tie these three examples together in an effort to self-reflect.
These first three steps will help you structure your essay before beginning the writing process.
- Be sure to define hubris in your own words. If you cannot understand this concept, you cannot write the essay.
- Create an outline for your essay. It should include every element included in the writing section below.
- Search for examples of news articles you could potentially cite in your paper.
Your essay must include the following:
- An introductory paragraph, which will introduce your topic and thesis.
- At least one paragraph addressing an example of hubris from the book Isaac’s Storm.
- At least one paragraph addressing an example of hubris from modern times (in the news in the previous year).
- At least one paragraph addressing an example of hubris from your own life.
- At least one paragraph synthesizing the information you have learned from the examples into self-reflection on how you could potentially avoid these issues in your own life.
- A conclusion paragraph, which will summarize your plan.
Other than the introduction and conclusion, these paragraphs can be in any order that makes logical sense for the reader.
- Check with your notes to make sure you included as much important information as possible.
- Be sure to cite all sources of information (I will help you with this in class.)
- Edit your paper for basic grammar and spelling mistakes.
- Important: Read your story out loud to a parent or guardian. Read it slowly; make sure to pronounce each word. Does it make sense to the listener? Is it specific enough? If not, go back and make changes. Have them sign it once they have listened to it.
- An outline for your paper will be due Friday, April 28. This will be a daily grade.
- Your first draft, including everything necessary in the paper, will be due Friday, May 12. This will be a daily grade.
- Your final draft, which will be clean, hand-written, and signed by a parent or guardian, will be due Friday, May 19. This will be a test
Therefore, the final due date for this project is Friday, May 19. Papers turned in on Monday, May 22 will be automatically deducted 20 points. A further ten points will be deducted for every day after.
Your final draft must be signed and dated by a parent or guardian when you turn it in. Rough drafts with signatures and final drafts without signatures will not be accepted.
________ Content (59 points)
Does the essay include every required element? Is it clearly presented?
________ Editing (20 points)
Is your writing clear and understandable? Have you made an effort to improve upon your rough draft? Is it free of basic grammar and spelling mistakes?
________ Insight (20 points)
Does the essay contain insightful reflection upon the issues of modern times and one’s own life? Does it tie together the various examples in an attempt to make a larger point?
Please note: deadlines, rubrics, instructions and anything else on this page may change, but all changes will be announced in class as well as on Skyward messaging (email). If you have any questions about this assignment, please email [email protected].