Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

6/26/2018 Writing Project #1: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave (Due 06/27) 1/2


Due Date: 06/27 before midnight Grace Period: 06/29 before midnight (10% reduction) Afer the grace period, zero credit will be given


The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your writing, analysis, and thinking skills. Think of this as a diagnostic paper. This assignment will show me what you are working with as a writer.

Course Goals

In addition, this assignment will connect to our course goals by using writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating.

Before You Write

Read: The Allegory of the Cave by Plato  (at least twice) Watch: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave  by Alex Gendler Watch: What is Real? Plato’s Allegory of the Cave  by 8-Bit Philosophy

You might find these notes helpful: Education and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave


As you go about your lives, can you be confident in what you think you know? Perhaps a glimmer of light may change or challenge your perception—the way you think about the world. So, will you break free to struggle towards the light, even at the costs of losing friends and family, or will you continue in the comforts of familiar illusions?  What is the truth? What is a habit? What is light? What is a shadow? Hard choices.

Therefore, using something from your personal life, analyze the meaning of Plato’s Cave. Make sure your analysis includes explanations of the following items:

Prisoners and chains The entity that imprisoned the people  Shadows projected onto the wall The journey out of the cave and the sun The prisoner who returns to the cave


Your paper should follow these guidelines:

Composed in a word processing software (Microsoft Word) Written in MLA Style: Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, paragraph tabs Used MLA Header and page numbers Reached 1½ – 2 pages in length Used well-constructed and varied sentences with minimal grammar, mechanics, or spelling errors

I recommend creating a free student account with Grammarly and checking your paper for grammar and structure. Really, do it!

6/26/2018 Writing Project #1: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave (Due 06/27) 2/2

Total Points: 100.0

Short Essay Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

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Organization Writing shows degree of attention to logic and reasoning of points. Unity leads the reader to the conclusion and stirs thought regarding the topic.

Level of Content Content indicates synthesis of ideas, in- depth analysis and demonstrates original thoughts in support for the topic.

Development Points are well developed with quality and quantity support. Reveals degree of critical thinking and analysis.

Grammar & Mechanics Free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors.

Style Shows understanding of style going beyond informal writing, using rhetorical devices and developing tone appealing to the reader.

Format Meets the requirements and provides attention to details regarding MLA style; the essay is visually appealing and assembled with a professional look.

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