Paper #3 (3 pages + 1 source)
DUE: April 26
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Using one of the prompts below, write an original three-page paper that analyzes, or gives insight into, a text(s) from the second course unit, “Modernism.” Your paper must reference at least one secondary source.
Note most of the prompts below require an analytical essay format. However, there is also a creative-analysis hybrid option, where you may choose to meet the three-page minimum requirement by writing a creative text accompanied by a self-analysis. You may only write one creative paper per semester.
To complete this assignment, you will need to reference at least one appropriate secondary source.
Your audience includes your classmates and instructor. This means you are writing for readers of varying disciplines and stages in their educational and professional careers. Altogether, you must consider them unfamiliar but academic readers. Therefore, do not assume they know everything you know about a particular subject and do not assume they will automatically favor your approach or be interested. Instead, you will need to convince your audience to care and to agree—provide background information, a clear thesis, evidence, and explanations. Also, use formal language, and avoid distracting grammar and spelling errors.
This assignment exercises students’ critical thinking and effective writing skills.
GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA
I will evaluate papers based on content, organization, and language use. A rubric for written assignments is available on Blackboard. Below are some guidelines for writing analytical essays and the analytical portions of creative essays.
A successful analytical essay should:
Beginning: Announce the argument and orient the reader in one paragraph
Middle: Present, support, explain, and clarify each point of your analysis in separate body paragraphs
End: In one paragraph, draw a conclusion that does more than just repeat your thesis. Instead, connect your claim with a larger issue. For instance, reveal how the text(s) may be important to you beyond this class or to people other than yourself.
Note: For additional resources on writing, analyzing, and citation see “Helpful Resources” on Blackboard.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE TURNED IN:
Paper assignments must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins (on the sides, top, and bottom), and in MLA style. The paper must meet the page length requirement, which, in this case, is three pages. Page length requirements are set to give you an idea of how detailed and extensive your papers should be at a minimum to construct a strong paper and therefore should be met. I do not appreciate clever attempts to lengthen papers (this includes varying font sizes and styles; extra spaces between paragraphs; extra spaces separating the title from the text; enlarged margins; and so forth).
MLA Format: A cover page will not be necessary. However, I do expect a heading in the top left of the first page that gives your name, my name, the course number, and the date. MLA style also calls for a header in the top right corner of each page (except for the first) that gives your last name and the page number. (This assignment sheet has such a header.) All citations and documentation, including the Works Cited, should also be in MLA style. Refer to the Purdue Online Writing Lab site (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/) for MLA style guidelines. If you have troubles formatting your paper, please feel free contact me.
Titles: Please try to experiment with intriguing yet informative titles. Do not simply title your paper, “Compare and Contrast” or “Defining Modernism.” Your title should strive to grab the attention of your reader while hinting at the text’s focus. Ex: “Impotency: The Modern Garden.”)
This assignment is due April 26, 11:59pm (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf), and may be submitted via the “Paper #3” SafeAssign link in the “Paper #3” folder (under “Major Assignments”). SafeAssign allows you to see whether you need to make improvements based on citation and documentation. Through this tool, you are allowed to submit a draft before submitting a final copy for me to grade. If you have any questions, please ask me! If you need help with the assignment I encourage you to again contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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