Here is the assignment below is the rubric, example and outline
Sir Gawain wants to go to college to major in Medieval Studies, but he doesn’t know what to write about
for his application essays. Some of the prompts tell him to talk about his greatest successes, and some of
them ask him to explain how he’s tried to overcome his worst weaknesses. So he has an idea. He’ll
combine those topics to discuss how he’s been able to meet and has also fallen short of the nonphysical
and physical ideals for knights.
Directions: Put yourself in Sir Gawain’s place. Using your knowledge of his thoughts and
actions in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, along with your background notes,
write a short college application essay that explains how Gawain has succeeded
in meeting those qualities, and how he has also failed to meet them, and perhaps
what he would have done differently. Write from the perspective of Sir Gawain
himself. Your essay should be about three paragraphs long. Have some fun with it!
In body paragraph(s), includes detailed references to how Gawain does or does not
meet all of the physical and nonphysical ideals in the story
Comments: ___/___ pts.
Includes a strong, attention-getting opening and conclusion
Comments: ___/___ pts.
Transitions effectively between paragraphs
Comments: ___/___ pts.
Comments about spelling and grammar errors:
This is the provided example:
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight college Essay
SAMPLE in-medias res introduction and thesis statement
The wrathful wolf’s teeth tore at my tunic while Gringolet gamboled gracefully to find solid ground. The height of my saddle sitting atop my 16 hands of handsome horse gave me little advantage in fighting my fearsome foe. After many passes, backward and forward, and pivots that kept my flesh unscarred by the savage, my sword finally found its mark and sank into his frightful flesh. With relief, I turned to continue my wearisome way toward the Green Chapel when an “orge” hounded me “from the heights of the fells.” I made quick work of this ominous creature with a forward thrust and twist of my bright blade. While these brutal beasts sought to impede my progress and break my spirit, I can now thank the Lord for the constant barrage of battles that kept my heart from the fear of the Green Knight’s fateful blow upon my neck. The Knight’s Code of Conduct requires loyalty, courage, strength, faith, and supreme fighting ability. While some may claim I do not have the integrity nor the strength to complete my degree in Medieval Studies, I believe my brief moments of fear and weakness have only strengthened my commitment to be a loyal student and strong, courageous asset to your campus.
Outline for Sir Gawain’s college essay – Outline for college essay:
Story, transition, thesis.
Attention grabbing introduction:
In medias-res – means – in the middle of the narrative without preamble – in the middle of the action.
Your introduction will start in medias-res of some event from the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. You will paraphrase a portion of Gawain’s thoughts or experiences in first person perspective. (4 to 5 sentences).
Then, you will write a transition sentence.
TEMPLATE: Chivalric tradition requires that I remain faithful in ______________________________________________.
And finally, you will write your thesis (min/max thesis).
WHAT IS A Min/Max thesis? OR Counter argument/Argument OR They say/I say
This idea comes from the book They Say I Say by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst.
So “they say” is what others claim or the counter-argument (what you do not believe.) – In the case of your Sir Gawain essay, it would be his weaknesses or the failure he experiences.
The “I say” is your personal claim. – In the case of Sir Gawain, the reasons he proves to be a good and faithful knight. (in spite of the one failure) OR (the reasons the College of Medieval Studies should accept and even provide Gawain with multiple scholarships)
Writing as Sir Gawain
A FEW THESIS TEMPLATES:
Although I confess that _____(weakness/failure)_____________________, I still maintain that _________(his strengths that demonstrate his goodness)____________________________.
While some may argue that I __________________________________, I contend that ____________________________________________________________.
Although some may object to my being accepted to your campus due to my failure to perfectly meet the chivalric code, I believe __________________________________
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