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• Include an introduction with a thesis statement and no generalizations.
• Include body paragraphs with evidence from the text and analysis of that evidence.
• Include a conclusion paragraph that re-states your argument and gestures to a
• Use parenthetical citations. No Works Cited list is required.
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Assignment: Write a thesis-based analytical essay that uses the skill of close reading to
analyze and explain ONE of the following stories in light of ONE of the theoretical essays:
Short Stories Theoretical Essays
Doyle, “A Medical Document”
Doyle, “Doctors of Hoyland”
Chekhov, “A Doctor’s Visit”
Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Charon, “To Render the Lives of Patients”
Brody, “Storytelling as Medicine”
Peterkin, “Adult Intake Form”
Your Grade Will Be Based on Your Paper’s:
• Originality. Do not regurgitate lecture and discussion. Instead, build on the class
lecture and discussion in order to make a new point about the text(s) you have
• Thesis. Your paper should make a nuanced, provable argument. Avoid repeating
yourself: do not prove one point many times. Prove one complex point once.
• Analysis. Do not summarize. Remember who your audience is: someone who knows
what happens in the text, but not why it matters for your thesis. Write to them. Base
your analysis on quotations from the text and close readings of those quotations;
they are the evidence that proves your thesis. Feel free to draw on other material we
have covered in class.
• Synthesis. Make sure to tie your ideas together, moving towards proving your
thesis about the texts by the last body paragraph and gesturing to a larger relevance
in the conclusion paragraph.
• Clarity. Write well: Use transitions to connect ideas. Define difficult terms. Explain
why a quotation matters. Format your paper neatly. Proofread for typos and errors.