Essay 2 (an analysis)
Due October 31 at the beginning of class
MLA format – start to finish. See:
If you have any questions about MLA format.
14 font (required)
500-650 words – printed copy. Stapled: upper left corner
Rubric (how it is graded): 50 – 50. 50% writing (grammar,
usage, punctuation, mechanics, syntax, sentence structure,
paragraph structure) – 50% content and organization.
You are analyzing “Moral Isolationism” (p. 240)
Paragraph 1: Introduce the writer and the essay. (Avoid long
bio information). Give a brief summary of the essay. Give a
direction (where you are going) in the essay. Do not say, “In
this essay I am going to. . .” Do not use we, you, us, I, our. .
.that pull the reader into the content. Be objective.
Paragraph 2: In explaining her “moral reasoning” about making
judgments about others’ morals/customs, she says intelligent
outsiders can make better judgments about moral customs
than “insiders” can. How does she defend that?
Paragraph 3: What moral position does she indicate “Western
standards” come from?
Paragraph 4: What is the failure of sociologists and
anthropologists in determining moral standards within cross
Paragraph 5 (Do not write, ‘in conclusion’. Draw everything
together. Don’t repeat what you have said. Leave the reader
with a final thought. You may repeat the writer’s full name
here. You may also use I, but do not say, “I think, or I believe
that. . .” You are the writer. It is obvious you think it or believe
it or you likely would not write it.
Do not go outside the essay for support or give a works cited.
You may refer to quotes or summaries with the page numbers
(248) from the essay assigned. Analyze it. Don’t give someone
Do not quote more than 2 lines at once. No more than 3
quotes per paper. I want to see you writing, not Midgley’s. If
you quote 6 lines, that is approximately 13-15% of the essay.
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