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Prompt:In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus states that “… it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird” (119). For your Midterm Essay, you are to answers two parts:first, define what a Mockingbird means in this context;
second, choose a character from To Kill a Mockingbird, a character from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and any characters from any of the ISM readings from your Week 5 Compare/Contrast Essay who represent the innocence of mockingbirds.
You only need TWO mockingbirds. They can come from both novels, the articles, or a combination of a novel and an article.
You are to state why they are Mockingbirds. You must use the context from the novels/articles to support this. There have to be reasons in the books/articles why you chose these two characters.
How are the two mockingbirds similar and/or different? Be sure to cover this in the thesis.
You need at least one in-text citation from each of the readings to further support your claim/your stance for your characters. You need at least four in-text citations. Refer to the Requirements.
Possible Essay Format: (You do not have to follow this format, though.)
.Introductory ParagraphIntroduce the characters.
Define what a mockingbird is according to Lee’s novel.
A thesis that clearly states what the essay is about.
Body par. #1Topic sentence
Support for the first mockingbird Be sure that you support and give enough context so that someone who has not read the novel/article will be able to understand why you chose this person as a mockingbird.
Body par. #2Topic sentence
Support for the second mockingbirdSame as above
Body par. #3Topic sentence
How are these mockingbirds different/similar?
Conclusion par.
Works Cited page. Be sure that this is on its own page.
It does not go directly after the essay is completed.
Requirements:Due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 18.
The essay should contain at least 1000 words. This does not include the words from the Works Cited page.
Remember to include at least one in-text citation for each of the characters. There must be a total of four in-text citations. They must come from at least two different sources.
Use the back of the Patterns book, Purdue Owl, or email me if you have any questions regarding MLA.
At the bottom of your initial thread, include your Works Cited.
I will also be looking at grammar/mechanics very closely, so you may want to have someone edit your post before submitting it. For the remainder of the semester, all writing will be expected to be at a higher level.
Readings:Brent Staples, “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space” from Patterns on pages 240-243.
Deborah L. Rhode, “Why Looks Are the Last Bastion of Discrimination” from Patterns on pages 246-250.
Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria” from Patterns on pages 230-235.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

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