Using the seed sentence for Insight essay, “In this dilemma/crisis, I turned to
Using the seed sentence for Insight essay, “In this dilemma/crisis, I turned to
Using the seed sentence for Insight essay, “In this dilemma/crisis, I turned to this principle or tradition,” assess Kamila Shamsie’s memoir “Pop Idols”. Your essay should have a subordinate structure making your personal and social today dependent on the past outlined by Shamsie. In short, your essay should unravel Shamsie’s insights on the trajectory of her pop idols set in historical, social and/or political contexts of Pakistan and then should critically present, by extension or contradiction, your insights on the current music scene in Pakistan. You must keep your focus on the two social functions of music: music choices as expressions of personal and cultural values, and the social bonding function of shared music preferences. The first part of your essay should answer these questions: What dilemma did Shamsie face? What was the ‘principle(s)’ she believed in/was forced to believe in? What stood corrected at the end of the memoir, the dilemma or the principle(s)? and the second half must provide answers to these: what dilemma do I face? What is the principle(s)/tradition I believe in/I am forced to believe in? what stands corrected after my evaluation of my music preferences, the dilemma or the principle(s)? and how is my resolution connected to the history presented by Shamsie? Rubric for Insight Essay Marks allocated Ideas ü The essay explores Kamila Shamsie’s insights into Pakistani pop idols’ history in the memoir and juxtapose them with your insights on the current Pakistani music. ü The theme (personal or social) is clearly expounded with substantial evidence from the text and demonstrates a sophisticated complexity of thought and expression. ü Shamsie’s principle is adequately woven in the interpretations. ü The essay presents your well-argued stance on the theme. ü Your assessment of the theme (personal or social) is clearly expounded with substantial evidence from your life and demonstrates a sophisticated complexity of thought and expression. ü Your principle is adequately woven in your analysis. 10 Organization ü The essay · is unified with a relevant and interesting introduction and a comprehensive conclusion. Intro should be of the essay not of any part and conclusion should bring all arguments to the emergent truth. · is spread over a number of focused body paragraphs. · has a logical progression of ideas and smooth transitions. · Has well-developed ideas with abundant evidence and clear explanation and interpretation tailored to the reader. 4 Style ü The essay expresses ideas clearly, with a confident and sophisticated writing style, varied sentences, effective word choice, and logical transitions. ü It shows a sound understanding of the structure of a good sentence and paragraph. 4 Conventions ü Your essay's prose is written in grammatically correct English. ü It has no spelling, punctuation, capitalization and usage (word choice and sentence clarity) errors. 2

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