AssignmentThis lesson runs concurrently with other lessons. Be sure to check due dates under Syllabus Page 2.You are to write a paper (seven to ten pages) on a literary topic related to your novel in some way. Begin reading your novel on the first day of class and complete reading by midterm. Do not wait till the final days of class to write your research paper. Be sure to check due dates on the syllabus.Think about questions such as these:Does the novel contain a great deal of symbolism? Perhaps you could write a paper that deals with the author’s use of symbolism in that novel.How does realism play into the meaning of the novel?How does the change in setting affect the development of the plot?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. Begin planning your literary research paper now. This is an ongoing project that you will work on while you do other lessons in this course.Here are some novels which you may choose from; try to choose your novel within the first week of class:Ellison, Ralph. Invisible ManChopin, Kate. The AwakeningBradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451Faulkner, William. The ReiversWelty, Eudora. The Optimist’s DaughterMorrison, Toni. The Bluest EyeKafka, Franz. The MetamorphosisMelville, Herman. Bartleby the ScrivenerDickens, Charles. Great Expectations.Research Paper GuidelinesYou may work ahead of the scheduled dates, but not after. Make sure that you do not get behind. Check the Schedule of Assignments on page two of the syllabus for all due dates.In determining the grade for the paper, I will consider form (mechanics, grammar), content, documentation, and process. Each will affect the final grade for the paper.Research papers will have a body of seven to ten (7-10) pages. The paper must also have title page, outline, and Works Cited pages. (These pages are NOT considered as part of the body page count.) You will find a sample research paper, including a sample Works Cited page at the Purdue OWL website or if you have purchased The St. Martin’s Handbook you can find a sample in Chapter 16. Information about formal outlines is in Chapter 3. The order of pages in the paper is title page, outline, body of paper, works cited. These are all to be saved and sent to me as one document.The final Works Cited page will contain seven to eight (7-8) sources.The sources will be derived from appropriate books, periodicals, etc., to denote variety of sources used. Cliffs Notes, Masterplots, Monarch, Wikipedia are NOT appropriate sources. Each of the sources used in the Works Cited must be used at least once in the research paper.You are to follow MLA format and documentation as described in Chapter 37 of the Literature: Craft & Voice text and also in The St. Martin’s Handbook.Use direct quotations sparingly (no more than 25% of the paper).Be sure topic is sufficiently limited.All words should be spelled correctly and errors in sentence structure eliminated.The level of diction should be formal (no slang, contractions, jargon, or technical terms without definition).The paper should be well written and scholarly.All borrowed information must be noted whether quoted or not.PLAGIARISM: Each student is responsible for constructing a research paper based on his/her own idea about a topic. Borrowed material must be scrupulously documented. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will result in an F in the course.PENALTIES: Late paper penalties will be assessed. You are given the assignment at the beginning of the semester with a specific due date in order to have ample time to complete your paper.Writing/MLA GuidelinesThe following chapters will aid you in conducting your research and writing your research essay. Study each chapter carefully.In Literature: Craft and Voice review the following in the section entitled “Writing From Reading”:”Source-Based Evidence: Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Avoiding Plagiarism””Writing the Research Paper, Avoiding Plagiarism, and Documenting Sources”If you have a copy of The St. Martin’s Handbook, study these chaptersfor more information about the research paper process.Chapter 10, “Preparing for a Research Project”Chapter 11, “Conducting Research”Chapter 12, “Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes” Chapter 13, “Integrating Sources into Your Writing”Chapter 14, “Acknowledging Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism”Chapter 15, “Writing a Research Project”Chapter 32, “MLA Style”CTC’s Online Writing CenterWhen in doubt, ask me for help. That’s what I’m here for. When I’m not available, or you need a little extra help, enroll yourself in the Writing Center. To enroll in the Writing Center select the link Writing Lab in the course menu on the left.Once you have enrolled, the Writing Center will be listed under My Organizations, just like your active online courses are listed under My Courses. The Writing Center provides live workshops, one-on-one tutoring, and multiple resources to help you write this paper and other papers you will need to write for other classes.CTC’s Oveta Hobby LibraryNot being in Killeen, Texas, is no excuse for not visiting the library. The content of Central Texas College’s library is available to you 24/7 via the World Wide Web. Aside from access to the library’s content, this webpage also provide tips and workshops to help you learn to research.Google ScholarYou’re doing a different kind of research in this class. You want to use scholarly resources. Evaluate the resources you find on the web.Who is the author? Is the author credible?Who published the resource: An academic institution or a commercial institution?Why was the material published: To share information or to sell something?Google Scholar is one resource that can help you in your search.JurnThis new search engine scans only scholarly ejournals in the arts and humanities, just what you need for this class. Like Google Scholar, this may help you in your research.Research Proposal Click on this link for instructions in drafting your research proposal: English1302ResearchProposalNotesNEW _3_.doc This preliminary assignment is the first step in planning your research paper. Use the submission link directly following to hand in your proposal.Research Proposal Submission LinkUse this link to submit your research proposal.Research OutlineYou may have two choices, depending upon whether or not the author’s life experiences are important in interpreting your novel:OutliningLiteraryEssays.doc ORPreliminaryResearchOutline_000.doc Use this link for whichever pattern you select.Note CardsNote Cards consist of 10 “must-have” information: quotations, summaries, commentary which you must have for your research paper. Here’s an example that may help you: ExampleStudentNoteCards.pptUse this submission link to send your note cards to me.Annotated Bibliography AssignmentAn annotated bibliography is a list of the sources you have found so far in your research. Each entry has 2 sentences: what the source contains, and whether or not it will be helpful for you.Here is an example: Annotated Bibliography ExampleCornell.doc Use this link to submit your Annotated Bibliography.Rough Draft AssignmentIn one file, combine your outline, rough draft of your essay, and works cited. If you want feedback, and 10 additional points, submit your rough draft also to the discussion board. Use this submission link.
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