IDS 1161: WHAT IS THE GOOD LIFE? Michel: Online lecture sectionsUF Signature Spring 2020 ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS

IDS 1161: WHAT IS THE GOOD LIFE? Michel: Online lecture sectionsUF Signature

Spring 2020





Writing and Submission Requirement


Length: 1,000-1,250 words not including the Works Cited Section.


Format: MLA Style (see MLA handout on the Course Resources page in Canvas). 12-point Times font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, name and date, paginated.


Submission: Submit the assignment electronically as an attachment through Assignments in Canvas in Word format (.doc or .docx) by 8:00 AM on Monday, April 13.




Writing Prompt


A hundred years after Antigone was first performed, Aristotle described the concept of catharsis as an emotional purge of fear and pity in which the audience, by experiencing these bad feelings while watching the play, purged themselves of their own such feelings. Using Sophocles as one of his primary models, he argued that a character must be endowed with both good and bad qualities to gain the audience’s sympathy and achieve catharsis.   Which character, by demonstrating a noble yet flawed nature, most elicits your sympathy and helps achieve catharsis and, in your opinion, how effectively is that catharsis facilitated for a modern audience?



Organization and Format




Start your paper by succinctly introducing your topic.

Explain what you are going to prove or claim about the topic [i.e., “Thesis Statement” or “Claim”].

Your thesis statement needs to be specific and concrete.

Avoid statements that are general and sweeping that go beyond the scope of the paper.




Prove what you say you are going to do [i.e., prove your thesis statement or claim].

Avoid introducing extraneous and tangential material that does not support your claim.

Remain focused on your topic and thesis statement.

Support your claims about the topic with evidence from the texts which you either quote (verbatim) or paraphrase (i.e., using your own words to summarize the main points of the reading).

Do not simply state what you believe.

Do not simply summarize the text.

Refer specifically to the text and cite passages and sections of the work that support the claims that you are asserting.

When quoting and/or paraphrasing sources, be sure to cite them with in-text citations and list them in your Work Cited section (see MLA Handout in Writing Resources on the Course Resources Page in Canvas).

Failure to cite a source which you draw from is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Students.




So what? Explain why your findings matter. Tell the reader what is significant about your understanding of the text that helps us better appreciate the conflicts that we are confronted with in each. Don’t just summarize what you said in the body. Explain to your reader the significance of your investigation.


Works Cited


List in alphabetical order sources which you draw upon in your paper (i.e., readings which you have quoted, referred to, and/or paraphrased in your paper (see MLA Handout on the Course Resources page in Canvas). There is a deduction of 10 points for any paper without a Works Cited section (see Grading Rubric on the Essay Assignment in Canvas).





Write simple, straightforward, and coherent sentences.

Use active verbs, and have nouns, not dependent clauses, serve as subjects of sentences.

Watch out for agreement of tense and number.

Avoid excessive use of dependent clauses in a single sentence.

Avoid repetition of same words.

Avoid use of contractions.



Print out your paper and correct it by hand.

Voice-over and have your computer read it back to you.

Re-write the paper; don’t be afraid to scrap it and start over.

Correct all grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.



One-inch margins, double spaced lines, twelve-point font.

HEADING on top of first page, flush right: your name, section number, TAs name, date.

Place the title of your paper centered and bold face.


**Deduction of 15 points for not submitting the paper by deadline and 30 points for every day that passes before paper is submitted to Canvas.

Your paper will be marked late

if it is not submitted electronically in Canvas by 8:00 AM on April 13


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