King, “Why We Crave Horror Movies” (RC 356-60)/Stossel, “The Man Who Counts the Killings” (handout)
• Compare two of the following essays:
Essay 1 or 2
1. King, “Why We Crave Horror Movies” (RC 356-60)
2. Stossel, “The Man Who Counts the Killings” (handout)
1. Does your introduction clearly identify your subjects?
2. Does your thesis statement present an overall opinion about similarities and differences between two (or more) objects of comparison?
3. Does this opinion reflect the relationship between similarities and differences?
4. Have you limited your discussion to three or four basic categories?
5. Have you organized your paper by the point-by-point method (i.e., you discuss similarities and differences between two objects of comparison)?
6. Do you discuss the same qualities of each subject?
7. Do your paragraph divisions indicate the major sections of your essay?
8. Are your paragraphs between seven and twelve sentences?
9. Does each topic sentence clearly state the main point of the paragraph and show how the paragraph relates to and develops the thesis?
10. Does the conclusion restate the thesis, sum up the main points, and suggest a broader context or the implications of your subject?