Explain how the chrysanthemums in "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck symbolize Elisa’s dreams and romantic nature. How do her husband and the gypsy peddler misunderstand her nature and abuse her trust? This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Essay includes MLA heading, page numbering, and title. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Essay begins with a clear introduction that creates interest in the topic and leads to a persuasive thesis statement that presents a controversial opinion about some aspect of a work or works covered during the semester. Each body paragraph begins with a persuasive topic sentence related to one portion of the thesis statement and ends with a concluding sentence summing up the argument of the paragraph. Each body paragraph is adequately developed, with at least two quotes and explanations of their significance. Each paragraph deals with only ONE topic. This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Logical transitions are present connecting paragraph to paragraph and sentence to sentence. The concluding paragraph neatly sums up the argument without adding new information. All direct quotes, paraphrases, and summaries are introduced with attribution phrases, properly punctuated, and followed with MLA citations. A properly formatted Works Cited page follows the essay. Essay employs standard English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.