ESSAY III (20%); On Mpho Kgaswane’s poem Broken Friendship). Subject: “The Idea of Friendship.”
Instructions for submitting your essay:
[Intro./5 lines]: Define the idea of “friendship,” using a dictionary definition (be sure to cite the website at the end of the paper). Then define the idea of friendship in your own terms. Preview in the Introduction what will follow in the Body Paragraphs: you will discuss the idea in the poem; what defines a genuine friendship; and then, on the basis of your experience, describe a friendship you had; and, lastly, suggest how disagreements between friends can be settled amicably.
[Body Para. 1]: Describe what happens between the “two friends” in the poem (lines 1 to 16). A process unfolds, starting with a “quarrel” and ending with separation. What is needed in this section is a summary of the story-line.
[Body Para. 2]: Can a genuine friendship undergo the in the poem? Is a real friendship something that lasts and endures during hard times? Explain
[Body Para. 3]: We all have had friendships. Can you describe one or more friendships you have had? Was one different from another? How? Do you think the relationship of the “two friends” in the poem was a genuine friendship? What qualities does a real or true friend have? You need not respond to every question, but you should try to compose a coherent paragraph.
[Body Para. 4/ Conclusion]: Everyone quarrels from time to time. Explain ways quarreling friends can reconcile with each other? What behaviors and attitudes are necessary for two friends to overcome differences? Are some things beyond reconciliation?
E. Line Score System:
The Writing Skills domain encompasses stylistic proficiency, sentence structure, mechanics, and fluency. Does a language other than English interfere with clear expression? Is there a pattern of error in any particular aspect of the writing? Are words & idiomatic expressions used correctly?
The Organization domain: Is a (Intro., Body, Conclusion)? Does the Introduction contain a Thesis or a Topic (Aim) & does it preview the main units? Are Transitions between paragraphs signaled? Is the structure logically arranged? Are paragraphs independently constructed or are they segmented, truncated, disseminated, or fused?
The Development domain: Are ideas & premises defined, elaborated, and exemplified? Are the paragraphs logically and rhetorically unified (causation, problem-solution, comparison or contrast)? Is the essay developed to the prescribed length without repetition, digression, irrelevancies? Checking for plagiarism.
F. By the end of this module, you will have:
Acquired further proficiency in the construction of the basic essay.
Critically analyzed a poem.
Supported your evaluation with personal experiences and knowledge.
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