Select a passage from ‘Orthodoxy’ by Chesterton that you feel best synopsizes the argument of the work as a whole. First, give a brief analysis of the passage that you have selected
Select a passage from ‘Orthodoxy’ by Chesterton that you feel best synopsizes the argument of the work as a whole. First, give a brief analysis of the passage that you have selected. Explain what you think this passage means, define any concepts or terms that are especially necessary to understand this passage and supply a summary of Orthodoxy that situates that passage in the context of the argument of the entire work. It is not necessarily the case that the way you understand the argument will resemble Chesterton’s informal, autobiographical structure employed in the text.
Second, describe how your selected passage explicitly relates to the ideas and arguments that Chesterton makes either about “the Church” or about “democracy.” How does Chesterton define these ideas? What does he claim about their significance morally, historically, philosophically, theologically, politically, or in any other sense you feel relevant? How does your selected passage situate the meaning of these ideas in the complete argument of Orthodoxy? How does it convey something unique in Chesterton’s claims?
Third, you may optionally include some personal critical responses to the readings. Did Chesterton convince you of his position or not? Did the book increase your understanding of Catholicism, or make you question something you knew? Discuss your reasons for your reaction, rather than simply stating what your reaction was.
Your paper should be between 600 and 700 words long, double spaced, and should be comprised of the following sections: roughly 300 words explaining the chosen passage, roughly 300 words explaining the second selected term, and optionally roughly 100 words of personal critical response. Submit your paper via Turnitin by 5 pm on Friday, April 4th.
Short Paper Grading Rubric
The basic criteria on which this paper will be graded are the following:
1. Does the paper display an understanding of the material from G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy?
2. Does the paper offer a meaningful insight into Chesterton’s ideas through the passage selected?
3. Is the paper well written and interesting?
Special Note: If your paper begins with any variation on “Since the dawn of time human beings have been interested in x…” or “According to Webster’s Dictionary x means…” your paper will immediately receive an F.
More specific criteria for grading papers are:
An “A” paper has:
-An introductory paragraph which situates your main idea, the thesis, in relation to the larger
theoretical issues discussed throughout the course, and which clearly limits the thesis to the particular literary texts with which you are going to work
-A clearly stated thesis which analyzes the text and makes an argumentative claim about it,
rather than simply narrating or describing it
-Topic sentences clearly positioned in each paragraph which relate directly to the thesis, act as
transitions between paragraphs, and clearly state the claim which the paragraph will develop
-Paragraphs which fully develop the idea from the topic sentence
-Varied and interesting sentence structure
-Avoiding over-reliance on passive constructions and the verb “to be”
-Specific evidence from the texts, including quotations properly integrated into your own prose, to
support your claims. No quotations standing alone as a sentence—always integrated into your
-No factual errors
-No grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors
-A penultimate paragraph that serves to synthesize your argument, drawing together your work
-A conclusion which sums up the argument of the paper and suggests why your argument matters
PLEASE: any quote used, cite it properly. I always ask for this but the writer never cites properly. also, here is the link to the ‘orthodoxy’ essay by Chesterton
|Academic Level||College (3-4 years: Junior, Senior)|
|Subject Area||Religious studies|
|Number of Pages||3 Page(s)/825 words|