Academic Essay, Comparison On Incarceration: Societal, Physical, and Psychological

Write a paper that compares similarities and differences between Kaysen and Abbott’s experiences with and/or critiques of incarceration. They are different genders, for example, and from different social classes. Do they, however, have similar things to say about incarceration? Or are their experiences and arguments completely different?
You also have to weave one outside source into your essay, either from Smart Search, Google Scholar, or a book from the library. We’ll practice this in class.
Option 2. Both Kaysen and Abbott critique society’s norms (that which is considered “normal”). Write an essay that discusses how both authors critique certain societal norms during their historical moment of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Then, write about whether you think those norms have changed and/or other current norms are also in fact “sick.”
You also have to weave one outside source into your essay, either from Smart Search, Google Scholar, or a book from the library. We’ll practice this in class.
Option 3. America does not believe in torture, and therefore its prisons and psychiatric hospitals are supposedly about rehabilitation. Both Kaysen and Abbott, however, have arguments with that premise. Write a paper that informs readers of what their arguments are, and then write what you think in response to their arguments.
You also have to weave one outside source into your essay, either from Smart Search, Google Scholar, or a book from the library. We’ll practice this in class.
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Thesis/Idea The thesis is clear, specific, and original. Thesis is somewhat clear, specific and original. There is a thesis statement, but its idea is obvious or cliched. There is no thesis or interpretation and/or paper is a summary of the story. (not thesis-driven)
Focus on Thesis Entire essay is focused. All of the evidence and examples are specific, relevant, and clearly support the thesis. Essay is mostly focused. Most of the evidence and examples are specific, relevant, and clearly support the thesis. Difficult to see the essay’s focus. Difficult to see how examples are details are supporting the thesis. There is no focus. Examples and details are random, not clearly supporting the point. Maybe there is no point at all, so details pertain to nothing.
Structure Essay is structured in a logical order that makes it easy and interesting to follow the author’s train of thought. Essay is structured in a fairly logical order that makes it reasonably easy to follow the author’s train of thought. Not easy but not impossible to follow the author’s train of thought. Structure makes essay difficult to follow–distracting and confusing the reader.
Paragraphs Topic sentences clearly pertain to thesis. Examples and details are internally unified. Topic sentences are mostly pertain to thesis. Examples and details are mostly internally unified. Topic sentences often do not pertain to thesis. Often internally unified. There are no topic sentences and/or paragraphs are extremely unified.
Grammar & Spelling Author makes no errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Author makes a few errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Author makes several errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling that distract the reader from the content. Author makes many errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Sources All sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and cited correctly. All sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and most are cited correctly. Most sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and cited correctly. Many sources are suspect (not credible) AND/OR are not cited correctly.
Conclusion The conclusion is strong. It effectively restates the thesis and ends with a “pow” (powerfully). The conclusion is somewhat strong. It effectively restates the thesis and ends somewhat powerfully. The conclusion needs work. It does not restate the thesis and/or ends without an impact. There is no conclusion – the paper abruptly ends.
 
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