English 12B: The Research Paper (Unit 3)
Assignment: Research Paper
Length: at least 4 double spaced pages, typed in MLA format
Number of sources required: at least 4 scholarly sources
Topic: This research essay must be written about a British Literature topic.Choose a literary topic you’re interested in writing about. It should be something that focuses on British literature. Some suggested topic ideas (feel free to run other ideas by me, though):
• Consider the literature of a specific time period (Anglo-Saxon, Romantic, Victorian, etc.) and research and discuss how society or events in that time frame influenced the literature of that period.
• Prepare a biographical study of a British author and discuss how his/her life or beliefs influenced the type of writing he/she did. You could discuss the author’s background, education, influences. Discuss his/her major works; the themes, writing style or techniques that made the author unique; challenges faced, etc. Be sure to discuss info about the era in which the author wrote (political events, social changes, other writers in that time period if relevant to your chosen author). You could discuss how the time period and events of that era shaped, influenced, or motivated your author’s writing. Also, you might discuss the impact and influence that author had on British Literature.
• Analyze how and why a British author's literature changed over time.
• Analyze an author's writing style and discuss how it is apparent in some of his/her different works.
• Analyze how an author weaves a specific theme or subject through several of his/her works.
• Compare and contrast how different authors deal with the same theme or subject.
• Break down a specific genre of literature (feminist, psychological, dystopian/utopian)
• Analyze how a specific text reflects the expectations/ norms of the society in which it is set.
Submit a full rough draft (an introduction, at least three body paragraphs, and a conclusion) to the drop box in Lesson 6. This draft must include the parenthetical citations for all sources used, as well as a Works Cited page at the end.
Submit the final draft to the drop box in Lesson 10. Your final draft must also contain parenthetical (in-text) citations as well as a Works Cited page.
Research requirements and instructions:
A key goal in this assignment is to support your thesis about this author with credible research. In your essay, you must cite information from at least four scholarly sources (newspaper articles, magazine or journal articles, webpages, books, etc.). Please choose sources carefully. You should only use credible sources. Avoid sites such as Wikipedia. Lesson 2 in Unit 3 gives great advice about collecting sources. EbscoHost is a great database to use for accessing scholarly articles. You can access it from your Homepage under Links.
Use MLA citation style for your in-text citations (citations that occur within your essay wherever you use source material) and for your Works Cited page (a separate page at the end of your essay where you list the complete citation of each source used in your essay).
For more information on MLA citations, see pp. 443-449 in your textbook Writing with Power. Also, see Lesson 9, page 3, particularly the link titled “Research Papers and Essays: Formatting and Citing Sources.”
Remember---Do not rely too heavily on direct quotes. Try to put the information from these sources into your own words (paraphrase). Remember, though, that you must give the proper citation whether you directly quote from the source or paraphrase it. In other words, any time you borrow information from a source, whether you quote it or paraphrase it, you still have to give credit to that source.
Formatting: As always, please use MLA formatting, which means...(1) Font - 12pt. Times New Roman, (2) Heading - Name, My Name, Course, Date (i.e. Your name, Tara Burge, English 12B, September 3, 2011) in the upper left hand of the first page only; Title is centered on the first page only with no underlining or bold used, (3) Spacing - double spaced throughout, no extra spaces used in between paragraphs.
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||11/15/2015 12:00 am