You are to write a paper (seven to ten pages) on a literary topic related to your novel in some way. This is NOT an opinion paper. While you are reading your novel, make note of the literary things that interest you–how the novel’s events are ordered, characters’ actions in particular situations, the repetition of wording or objects, how the setting connects or breaks apart the action. Information like this will be crucial for deciding what to write your research paper about. You may choose to address standard fiction elements such as theme, characterization, symbolism, allegory, irony, realism, or settings. History papers and biographical papers are not acceptable for this assignment.Thoroughly review the Research Paper Guidelines and Instructions link below before beginning the research paper.Read Chapters1 and2 of Portable Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing before beginning this assignment. These chapters address how to critically read literary works, as well as how to develop a topic. These chapters will be re-assigned in Lessons 2 and 3 for reinforcement in writing the short story essay and the research paper draft.For additional information on creating the literary thesis, see http://depts.gpc.edu/gpcltc/handouts/communications/literarythesis.pdfOnce you begin searching for research material, review Ch. 3 in Portable Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. You may also need to refer to the new MLA Handbook 8th edition (available as a reference in all libraries) for help in citing specific sources on your Works Cited page.Before submitting your draft, complete the quiz on Ch. 3: Documenting Sources in MindTap, linked below. This grade will not be recorded in the gradebook; however, it is a required assignment.The BASICS of the research paper assignment follow. Read the information in the next section for more details, and check the Syllabus, Pg. 2 for all deadlines related to the research paper assignment. Research papers will have a body of seven to ten (7-10) pages. Outline and Works Cited pages are required but are NOT part of the page count. All pages will be submitted as a single document, not separate files.At least 7 literary sources (those that comment upon the novel) MUST BE CITED within the essay. Read the details in the next section regarding the types of sources allowed.The novel itself MUST BE CITED within the essay to provide examples of your points.Quotations must be used sparingly–no more than 25% of the essay should come from sources.This is not a history paper or a biography of the author.Use third person only.Literary essays use present tense.MLA format is required.The level of diction should be formal (no slang, contractions, jargon, or technical terms without definition).Drafts will be returned with commentary. Address the necessary revisions in your final copy. Simply fixing grammatical errors will not be enough.Late points will accrue at 10 points per day for the final copy.Grading will be based on form, grammar, mechanics, content, and documentation. Throughout the semester, you will be asked to turn in various parts of the research paper so that I may plot your progress and help guide you in your efforts. Except for the draft, all other parts of the research paper will submitted to me via Messages. While these assignments will not be graded, timely submission of all parts will count toward your final grade on the research paper. The components include:A. Proposed TopicThe proposal should be at least one well-developed paragraph stating which topic you have chosen and exactly how you will go about presenting that topic in your essay. Include specific details from the novel that you believe will be relevant for your argument (you must have read the novel BEFORE doing this assignment, but research of critical sources should NOT be done prior to this point). This assignment involves analytical thinking, not research at this point. Research comes later in the process as a way to support what you are already interested in. Researching first to choose someone else’s idea to regurgitate only results in frustration for the student (due to an overwhelming number of sources that you may encounter without having a narrowed idea first) and creates the temptation for plagiarism to occur. The idea that you shape must be your own. Remember, the more specific you can be in your proposal, the more detailed information I can give you about keeping your research on track. As an example for a topic, you might decide to study characterization in A Farewell to Arms. From there, you would need to narrow down–just Catherine? Frederic? Rinaldi and Frederic? just the secondary characters? just the main characters? just the couples? OK, now say you decide to explore the couples in the novel. How do their relationships differ or mirror one another? Why are they necessary to the novel? How do their relationships help, hinder, or reflect the novel’s progress? Answering these questions will bring you closer to a thesis that addresses characterization in some way specific to this novel and specifically regarding a so what point for your essay as a whole.Consider the following questions as a way of brainstorming a potential topic for your essay:Is the central character of the novel dynamic? What does he/she learn and how does he/she achieve change?Consider the tone of the novel. What sets the tone? How does it affect the interpretation of the events in the story? How important is the setting of the novel? What impact does the setting have on the interpretation of events? If there is more than one setting, how do these settings work together?Explain the use of symbolism in the novel.Does the novel convey a moral? If so, how does the author develop the idea?Are any of the characters foils for one another?How important are the secondary characters to the novel?Can particular sets of characters be compared/contrasted (i.e., just the women, certain classes of people, etc.)?Does irony play a part in the novel?From what point of view is the story told? Why is it important that this particular POV (or more than one POV) is used?B. ThesisThe thesis statement you plan to use must control your essay; the thesis is generally one sentence that controls the main idea of the entire essay. The thesis is NOT a statement of intent (‘In this essay, I will . . . ‘ is a statement of intent, for example),nor is the thesis a statement of fact (The author uses symbolism in Fahrenheit 451). Instead, the thesis is an argument to be proven or supported. Chapter 2 of your text has more information on developing literary analysis and creating a thesis, as does http://depts.gpc.edu/gpcltc/handouts/communications/literarythesis.pdf . Your thesis must be approved by the instructor prior to the submission of your paper.C. OutlineFollowing the pattern for a formal MLA outline in any grammar handbook (if you have purchased The St. Martin’s Handbook you can find a sample in Chapter 32), athttp://www.santarosa.edu/~kthornle/30/lir_30samplepaper/Hacker-Levi-MLA-Out.pdf , or at the Purdue OWL site, you will organize your ideas for developing the research paper. Each Roman numeral in your outline will reflect a new idea of support for the essay and the outline as a whole will reflect the order of development in your essay. In order to maintain proper MLA format, this assignment will need to be saved as your last name OUT LINE and submitted as an attachment in messages.D. Annotated BibliographyThe Annotated Bibliography is a PREVIEW of the required seven critical sources you might use for the final draft of the research paper (it is NOT the same as a Works Cited page, which lists ONLY the works actually used in the paper and does so WITHOUT annotation). This will help me evaluate the course of your research and help you to choose the most appropriate resources. Finding Sources: You can use Google Scholar,Jurn, and the CTC Libraryonlineto access databases. When using CTC’s library, try the EBSCO and LiteratureOnlinedatabases.All research must be literary criticism, the kind of writing that comments upon your novel.Sources that give author biography or summary of the novel will not work for this assignment.You may also go to a traditional library and review collections of essays regarding the novel or reference material (journals like Contemporary Literary Criticism, for example). Any sources gathered from databases such as these will count toward the number of print sources, as they originally appeared in print; citing, however, will still need to reflect how they were found online as databases.**Encyclopedias, Cliffs Notes, Monarch Notes, Magill’s Surveys,Schmoop, Barron’s Notes, Pink Monkey, Spark Notes,GradeSaver,eNotes, Novel Guides, WIKIPEDIA and any other sources whose primary intent is to summarize information for the reader are not appropriate for this type of paper.Papermillslike 123helpme,antiessays,echeat, and the like are also unacceptable sources of information. If you are unsure of your source’s value, please check with the instructor. Be advised that reliableinternetsources often end in .orgor .edu, although other addresses may be appropriate; no more than twointernetsources (those that appear SOLELY on the internet, like webpages) may be used in your paper.Blogsare not appropriate sources, as their authors’ backgrounds are unknown. Definitions of, examples of, and formatting for the MLA Annotated Bibliography can be found at the following website. Following the specific format instructions of the MLA section of your SSH for the specific entry format, submit your annotated bibliography (including all 7 critical sources AND your novel—noannotation needed for this—asan attachment to your instructor).http://library.ucf.edu/Rosen/guide_annotated.php (Specific format instructions are included here; because you will submit the annotated bibliography as a separate assignment and not as the final pages of a essay, include the title Annotated Bibliography and a header using Arabic numerals as for text pages so that I may identify your assignment.) This website covers three different formats for a bibliography–APA, Chicago, and MLA. Be sure to scroll down and view the sample from the MLA handbook and not one of the other formats. Note that this website also lists the following information for inclusion in annotation; you must include the highlighted information in each annotation:Brief description/summary of the work citedComments about the work’s usefulness or quality, usually including attention to one or more of the following features:the scope or relevance of the workthe intended audiencethe author’s credibility or expertisethe work’s relationship to other works in the area of studyOnce your sources have been approved and actually used in your research paper, the Annotated Bibliography will be edited and submitted as the Works Cited page for your final draft. The final Works Cited page will contain a minimum of seven sources derived from appropriate books, periodicals, theinternet, etc. Each of these sources must be used at least once in the paper to be included in the final Works Cited page. Do not forget to include your primary source (the novel you are researching) on your works cited page, although it does not count as one of the seven required critical sources.In order to maintain proper MLA format, this assignment will need to be saved asyourlastnameBIBand submitted as an attachment in messages.E.The DraftDo not consider the draft a rough draft. Submit the draft as though it is the last copy I will see, even though you will have the chance to make corrections after I return the annotated draft to you.Submitting a complete, thorough draft gives me plenty of material to work with and provides you with solid feedback for making revisions.The draft should be submitted with all its components in a singlefile—outline, essay, Works Cited page. Name the draftyourlastnameResDraftand Save As Rich Text Format before submitting.Sept 2 / Turn in Proposed Research Paper Topic SEPT 9 / Turn in thesis statement for Research Paper SEPT 16 / Turn in a well-developed outline for Research Paper (MLA format)SEPT 23 / Turn in Annotated Bibliography for Research Paper (MLA format)SEPT 30 / Turn in Rough Draft of Research Paper OCT 7 / Research Paper Due
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