Project #40703 - A thousand Splendid Suns




                                    Helpful Information for Writing Your Papers


Thus far in the semester we have done a number of varied writing assignments, from the “quick and dirty” response paper to the expanded completed first draft that incorporated additional source material and previous feedback. We have also discussed components and criteria of effective writing (Check List). Ideally, for this next paper you should have profited from these  strategies and be able to incorporate them.


Due Date: October 9, 2014


Scope of paper:  2,000 words (excluding Works Cited and Cover Page)


Number of outside sources necessary: 5 (minimum)


Kinds of sources: As we have discussed in class on numerous occasions, the nature of our subject matter is extremely volatile and driven by ongoing, even daily, geo-political events. As such you are by necessity not limited to “Scholarly Sources” (as discussed in class). Therefore you are allowed to use material gleaned from the Internet or other media sources. However, be aware that not all such sources are acceptable. The issues of source credibility and origin has informed all our discussions. These must now guide you to make acceptable selections of sources.




·         You should stay away from any source that is a “snippet”. There needs to be strong development of the subject in order for the source to be of any use to you.

·         For example, a one  page “story” would not  be acceptable.

·         No “blogs” or “Comment” boards

·         Remember that YouTube is a treasure trove of material but that you must document the source as you would any print material.

·         Refer to our Writing Check List for reminders on elements and criteria of effective writing





Choose a theme that interests you from A Thousand Splendid Suns.


(Remember that this is merely a general topic. You must develop your own thesis statement.)




Format of Paper:


1.      A Cover Page with following info: your name, my name, course and section number, date due, LIVE email address where I may reach you in an emergency, title of paper and thesis statement on the cover.

2.      No late papers will be accepted for credit.

3.      Double-spaced lines

4.      1 inch margin all around

5.      No fancy fonts—use a plain font in size 12 only

6.      No cover art please

7.      Number each page

8.      Works Cited page should be at the end of your paper. If this is missing your paper will not be accepted since documentation of sources is definitive of a research paper. Incorrect MLA documentation format will result in a lower grade.

9.      There should be parenthetical documentation (in-body) throughout your paper.


10.  All your papers will be run through SafeAssign in order to find any plagiarized material. If there is any information that is deemed to be plagiarized you will be reported to the English Department Chair. The Dean of Humanities and the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and you will receive a failing grade for the course. 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/09/2014 12:00 am
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