Project #63025 - allegory of the cave

Materials: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQfRdl3GTw4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBPd7getIcM

 

Format: Handwritten and double-spaced.

Length: It depends on the size of your handwriting, but generally about 3-5 pages

Grading Criteria: 50 points

Thesis (8 points): The essay is based on a clear and arguable thesis of appropriate scope for this length of essay, a thesis in response to one of the questions about Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave." For some of the questions, an implied thesis might work better than a directly stated one. Either way, the thesis will be clear.


Title, opening, and ending (8 points): The essay has a meaningful title; it opens clearly and straightforwardly, without general or irrelevant material, and it ends by confirming the thesis, evoking some emotion, and providing some additional twist or insight, perhaps addressing the "so what" question of why this matters or might be of interest.


Evidence and analysis (10 points): The thesis is developed with apt and plentiful evidence from the text (quotation, summary, and paraphrase) and with plenty of your own explanation and analysis of that text.


Organization (8 points): The development of the thesis easy to follow throughout, and the paragraphs use PIE format, having clear topic sentences (P) along with examples and evidence (I) and explanations (E). PIE format might not be perfectly suitable for all the questions, but even if you don't use this paragraph structure, the paragraphs will still be organized and easy to follow.


Audience (6 points): The essay is addressed to an audience of readers familiar with Plato’s essay, but not with your interpretation of it; do not summarize Plato’s essay, but do point us to the parts you are discussing and provide your interpretations.


Grammar and quotation format (10 points): The essay is written in complete and understandable sentences which are free of major grammatical errors such as in verb tense and agreement. Because this is timed writing I don't expect perfect grammar or spelling, but it should be clear and understandable without major distracting errors. All quotations are introduced and punctuated correctly.

 

Note: Even if the question asks for an imaginative and creative response, that response will reveal your analysis and understanding of Plato’s essay and of everything you’ve learned about writing in this class, such as focusing on a thesis, developing your idea, organizing paragraphs, etc.

 

 

QUESTION: 

  1. Using the same details and plot as Plato’s essay, write a narrative from the point of view of a character in the essay, for example, the freed prisoner, the un-freed prisoners, the master/teacher/person who takes the prisoner out, the puppeteers, the “clever rogue,” a statesman or woman, the sun, the fire, the shadows, the echoes.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 03/19/2015 11:45 pm
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