Assignment Number 1: Oedipus the King Persuasive Essay
Overview: For this writing assignment you will choose one of the statements from
the Oedipus the King Anticipation Guide. You will then support your opinion of that
statement by finding evidence in the text to support your argument.
Author and Audience: As author, you are writing on a topic which creates a strong
reaction in you. Your goal is to convince your peers and others that study Oedipus
that your opinions concerning the chosen topic are valid.
Form: Your final product will be double spaced and written in Times New Roman 12
point font. There is no specified length requirement; however, papers should not
exceed three pages. You determine when you have made your case adequately.
Skills for Evaluation: You will be graded using the same Writing Rubric as last
time. However, there have been modifications made regarding specific penalties.
We will go over this, and be sure you look for these items before you turn in a final
Procedure: While we read Oedipus the King, you will be looking for evidence to
support your persuasive topic. You will submit various drafts of your assignment as
we compose this essay one paragraph at a time. Your first support your paper
should come from the Prologue and/or Scene One of the play. Look for your second
support to come from Scene Two and/or Three. Your final support should come
from Scene Four and/or Five. Be sure to parenthetically document your quotations
as you find them. You will bring in the paragraphs for peer review, and then a final
copy. All submissions will be made through Turnitin.com. Papers will not be scored
until they are submitted properly. Additionally, no paper will be scored without a
Selected Topic with First Supporting Point: Friday, October 14
First Supporting Point Paragraph(s): Monday, October 17
Second Supporting Point Paragraph(s): Wednesday, October 19
Third Supporting Point Paragraph(s): Thursday, October 20
Printed Copy of Rough Draft: Monday, October 24
Final Copy due to Turnitin.com: Thursday, October 27 by the end of the period