Matoaka Essay

Students will write a 6-paragraph essay on Matoaka, the True Story. Your reading list states 5-paragraph and use 2 MLA cited articles, but you will write a 6-paragraph essay using 3 articles because there are 4 main ideas in both articles.

You must write the essay from information you have found from the three articles about Matoaka and discussed last week in Discussions.

Essay Criteria:

Arial 12 point

Double-spaced

Ident all paragraphs 5 spaces

3rd POV

Present Tense

Must quote & paraphrase on all three stories throughout the essay.

Works Cited for all three full citations on articles is required (If you leave in-text cites out or Works Cited, you will have plagiarized)

Organized Essay with Thesis and body paragraphs.

Introduction paragraph:

Attention getter — get the reader’s attention (do NOT state your essay theme or purpose in the attention getter )

Brief background sentence to explain why this paper is important — to set the record straight about the truth about Matoaka and her encounter with John Smith.

Thesis — 4 main ideas 1) Matoaka nickname & father’s relationship; 2) encounters with John Smith, especially the ritual’s misconception; 3) Matoaka’s capture, conversion to Christianity and marriage to John Rolfe; and 4) Indian Princess’ trip to England and her popularity in England and death. (make the thesis statement simple — do not explain, just state main ideas briefly.

Body Paragraph #1

Topic sentence states main idea 1

Introduce the information. Paraphrase or direct quote evidence from stories and in-text cite them. Explain if necessary

Body Paragraph # 2

opic sentence states main idea 2

Introduce the information. Paraphrase or direct quote evidence from stories and in-text cite them. Explain if necessary

Body Paragraph #3

opic sentence states main idea 3

Introduce the information. Paraphrase or direct quote evidence from stories and in-text cite them. Explain if necessary

Body Paragraph #4

Topic sentence states main idea 4

Introduce the information. Paraphrase or direct quote evidence from stories and in-text cite them. Explain if necessary

Conclusion

Do not “summarize” your essay; show the significance of telling the truth about Matoaka’s innocence and integrity as an American Indian Princess

Works Cited

Author, First name. “Complete title of article in quote marks.” Name of

source document in which article was published. Vol. & Issue if


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