Documented Paper Guidelines
English 126/Marcie Sims
Overall Description: This paper is an analytical essay which explores a subtopic/sub-theme related to one of the focused themes from our class (cultural or human nature-related topics). The paper will include both primary sources (4 or more assigned class readings) and secondary sources (5 to 8 scholarly sources from outside research—scholarly sources include any academic sources found on ProQuest or Google Scholar—go online to our library or in person for help with these. Other works of fiction, self-help books, reference books such as encyclopedias or dictionaries, holy texts (such as the Bible), are not considered scholarly, secondary sources—so you can include them as supplements only—they will not count as a secondary source. When you submit your works cited list for workshop, I will note whether you have used a source that will not count).
The paper will be 9 pages (not including the Works Cited page), typed, double-spaced, 10-12 font, in correct MLA typing and citation format.
Specifically, the paper will include the following components:
- Some aspect or sub-theme developed from one or more of the broader themes addressed in our class (i.e. identity and self, issues of life and death, initiation/rite of passage/innocence to experience, or relationships). The thesis will develop what the theme is and exactly what the author is setting out to explain, prove, or show in this paper related to the theme and the primary and secondary sources used to develop it—avoid announcing “In this paper I will. . .” etc. the body paragraphs will include topic sentences which develop narrowed aspects of this thesis.
- Four or more assigned readings (poetry, short stories, or plays) from our class to demonstrate the target theme and the paper’s thesis. Note: all quotes/references must be framed with analysis and cited in correct MLA format.
- One or more of the Literary Criticism—see Appendix—pages 1695-1720 techniques presented in our text (applied in order to reach deeper analysis of the primary sources).
- 5-8 scholarly outside sources. Note: scholarly sources must be written or Internet-based such as biographical sources; historical, social, and/or cultural sources, psychological sources; literary criticism on specific stories/poetry/plays; mythological analysis, etc. Films, videos, artwork, cartoons, etc. referenced in the paper will count as supplementary sources (not as the required 5-8 scholarly outside sources).
- Correct MLA format (see text and handbook; also, we will cover this format in class).
- A Works Cited page in correct MLA format—see text and handbook for details in format (also, we will workshop a draft).
- At least two references/quotes from primary and/or secondary sources will be included in each body paragraph. Each quote, summary, or paraphrase will be introduced with an analytical statement, tagged or woven into your own sentences (see text for help), and then interpreted and analyzed in connection to the theme chosen and the paper’s thesis.
Stages/Due Dates: See homework sheet for due dates
1: (25 pts) A topic proposal idea for your documented paper—write a few sentences about the theme you would explore, what you would like to connect and prove through your paper, which readings from class so far that you would consider reading—we still have another 6 days of reading after this—and any ideas you might have for looking for good secondary sources–.
2: Formal Paper Proposal Due [worth up to 50 points]
The paper proposal must include the following:
- A 1-2 paragraph explanation of your paper’s topic/purpose—what you will write about and what you want to explain, prove, or show related to this topic and how your topic relates to one of the assigned themes from our class (i.e. identity and self, issues of life and death, initiation/rite of passage/innocence to experience, or relationships). .
- A list of four or more assigned readings from our class that you will include in this paper.
- Which Literary Criticism approach(es) you will include in order to analyze your primary sources—See Appendix of our book.
- ideas you have for possible research/secondary sources to develop your paper
3: (50 points)1-2 paragraph formal summary of one of your secondary, scholarly sources you will use in your paper (include a Works Cited entry for this source in correct MLA format). Then, in 2-4 sentences, explain how you will use this source in your paper (what theme/readings, etc).
- Works Cited page with at least 5 and up to 8 secondary source entries. Include a correct MLA format citation for each source. Then, at the bottom of your works cited page, include a 1-2 sentence explanation of how you plan to use each source—to show what?—to explore what theme or idea? Which in-class readings each will connect to. Then, go post a comment or correction on your assigned workshop partners’ (2) Works Cited drafts—review it for them using the Works Cited critique form—by 11:59 pm.
5 By 11:59 pm: Revised Works Cited list due [worth up to 25 pts.] Begin working on your Outline.
6 Outline due for posting for Peer review—then fill out the Outline Critique Form for your two assigned classmates by 11:59 pm.[20 points]
7 Outline Critique for a peer (workshop)
8 Revised Outline due for a grade [worth up to 80 points]
9: Complete documented paper (including Works Cited page) due for in-class formal workshop with critique form [worth 25 points for your draft and for your peer review– 50 points total].
10, finish critiquing the assigned peers/classmates for workshop using the Documented paper Critique form. Post the form for them.
11): Final, revised paper due for a final grade [worth up to 200 points].
12: Final Self-assessment Essay due (see assignment).
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