Ompare and Contrast the Ford Model T and the Ford Tarus

PROJECT FOUR Compare and Contrast

--Understand the role of comparison and contrast in analysis
--Use comparison and contrast to support a position in a 3 to 4 page essay
--Incorporate a time element in the comparison past to present
--Use primary sources, at least one for each of the two time periods

This is the self edit sheet
STUDENT EDITING CHECKLIST FOR A COHERENT AND LOGICAL PAPER Answer the following questions on this sheet. A  no suggests you have to do some revising.

The essay will have a clearly stated thesis, in the introduction or in the conclusion. The thesis will be an opinion, not a fact, an idea to be proven.
1. Does the essay have a title?

2. Draw 2 lines one between the introduction and the body and another between the body and conclusion.
*Does the body begin with a new paragraph?
*Does the conclusion begin with a new paragraph?

3. In your introduction, underline the sentence(s) that state the comparison to be made.
*Have you told your readers why it should matter to them?
*If not, will they think it matter for the same reason you do?

4. Box the sentence that states the main point of the paper.
*Is it a thesis? That is, does it make an arguable claim, not just state a fact?
*Is it at or near the end of the introduction? If not, is it in the conclusion?
*If the point is in the conclusion, do the last sentences of the introduction announce the key terms that appear in it?
*If your thesis is stated in both your introduction and conclusion, are the two statements similar?
*If they are similar, is the one in the conclusion more specific, more informative?

5. Circle the key words in the last 2 sentences of the introduction and the most important sentence in your conclusion. Then circle those same words throughout the paper. Then bracket words that refer to roughly the same concepts as the circled words or to concepts that are clearly related to them.
*Are there three or more circled or bracketed words per paragraph?

6. Circle the key words in the title
*Are the words that you circled the same ones that you circled in the introduction and conclusion?

7. Draw a dotted line between each major section of your paper. Box the sentence that states the main point in each section.
*Does it state an arguable opinion?
*Is it a reason which supports the main point/thesis of the paper?
*Do most of the main points appear at the beginning of their sections?
*Now, if you can, do the same for each paragraph.
If you do not have a sentence to box, you do not have a topic sentence for that section. You need to add one when you revise. Keep in mind that it should answer the questions listed here.

8. Look at the beginning words of each section.
*Do they begin with words that signal why the paragraphs come in the order they do, words such as first, second, on the other hand, however, therefore, in conclusion and so on? [These are transitions, devices which help your reader understand the flow of your discussion and as such are essential to your paper.]

9. For each paragraph, draw a wavy line under every sentence that reports evidence supporting the main idea(claim) of the paragraph.
*Have you underlines at least half of the paragraph?

Use of sources and Works Cited list
1. Are there at least four sources which you have quoted, paraphrased or summarized? Are there at least 3 print sources (magazines, journals, newspapers, books)?

2. As you read, when you come across an in-text citation to a source, turn to the Works Cited page and place a check mark next to the source.
*Does the essay reflect a variety of sources and points of view? It should not rely on one source for most of the material with a few additional quotations pasted in.

3. Is the Works Cited list in alphabetical order by authors last name or by the first important word of the title for an article with no author given?
*Are all of the works listed in Works Cited documented in the essay (do you have a checkmark by each one?)

4. Does the essay follow the MLA format for in-text documentation, signal phrases and works cited?

5. Are direct quotations set off in quotation marks and cited with in-text citation?
* Are all indirect quotations set off in quotation marks and cited with in-text citation using (as qtd in )?

6. Are quotations embedded in sentences, not standing alone, isolated? [note: If a sentence contains only the direct or indirect words of a source it is standing alone, not embedded.]

7. Will the reader know why you used the quotation or included the summary? Giving this information could me a method of embedding.  The most urgent problem facing housing authorities in suburban Washington today is the lack of affordable housing for those entering the job market, emphasizes HUD director James Mackelson. (This tells your reader that the opinion is to be valued because it comes from the head of the federal agency which is in charge of such matters, Housing and Urban Development.)

8. Is it absolutely clear to the reader where idea(s) from a source begin and end? In-text documentation at the end of a sentence refers only to that sentence, even if it is the last sentence in a paragraph. A signal phrase, an indication that the material to follow is from a source, must precede the material. [Begin with: In the estimation of James Mackelson, HUD chief,  The...... (153)- any material down to the in-text citation is then covered.] Failure to clearly indicate where the ideas of a source begin is plagiarism, a serious offense.

When you have completed this checklist, go back and circle all questions which you answered with a no. Use this list of prompts for your revising.

This checklist is for logical order and coherent proof. It does not address grammar or spelling.

Submit Essay 4 as follows: the revised paper [including cover sheet, paper, and works cited list in MLA format (NOT a bibliography], this checklist, the rough draft. These should be stapled or clipped together in this order. Due at the beginning of class.