Final research essay

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Instructions: Your final essay is due at the end of week eight. Write a five to six page essay on the below topic. This assignment must include quotations from the assigned readings to support your ideas. In addition, you must use THREE outside, scholarly sources in this essay. Please also use in-text citations and complete a works cited page, according to MLA guidelines.

In this course, we have read many works of literature from the modern era. However, it is impossible to cover every meaningful work in just eight weeks. Therefore, it is your turn to decide what literary works should be included in LITR202. You may choose to include works that we have read this semester, and you may choose to include additional works of literature that we did not discuss. Did this course ignore a country, a genre, or an author? Create a literary canon that fills those holes. There are a few rules, though.

1) Your essay must include at least four literary works from at least two different countries. These works must have been written during the modern era. These works can be poems, plays, novels, and short stories; however, these works may NOT be films. Most of the literary works should come from this course.

2) Your essay must be five to six pages long and contain at least three peer-reviewed articles. The three peer-reviewed articles is a minimum requirement. To achieve a higher score, you should find a peer-reviewed article for each of the literary works you have decided to include in your essay. Also, you must find a scholarly source that directly focuses on your chosen work(s) that we did not read in this course.

Please send me a message or post in the open forum if you have any questions about this assignment.

Please remember the following:

  1. Avoid any and all summary sites within your essay. This includes Sparknotes, Shmoop, Cliff's Notes, and Wikipedia.
  2. Use MLA format and citations in this essay. Also, please write this essay using third person.
  3. You may not use any wording from previous essays or forums.
  4. Note that the works cited page and headings are not included in the page count. Please use one-inch margins, do not add extra spaces between paragraphs, and use 12 font Times New Roman.
  5. Scholarly sources generally come from academic journals and have been examined by experts in the field for accuracy. Generally, you will find these in the APUS databases.
  6. Make sure your essay has a clear introduction and thesis statement (topic plus point about that topic) at the bottom of your introduction. The thesis should be based on the readings in this course.
  7. Make sure your body paragraphs are focused on proving your thesis statement. Do not summarize the readings.
  8. Be sure that your thesis expresses an analytical thought and is not just a statement of simple fact or plot summary.
  9. Make sure to have a conclusion that does not bring in new information.

APUS Assignment Rubric Lower Level U/G 100-200 Courses Purpose and Audience (20 Points) Thesis and Support (20 Points) Organization (20 Points) Style (10 Points) EXEMPLARY LEVEL ACCOMPLISHED LEVEL DEVELOPING LEVEL BEGINNING LEVEL A 18-20 B 16-17 C 14-15 D The writing engages the reader with an original approach to the subject. It may encompass conflicting ideas and inspires the reader to contemplate the relationship of complex ideas. The writing has a clearly articulated original thesis and subordinate ideas supported by reliable and relevant evidence based on original research. Main ideas are not lost in surrounding supporting evidence. The writing clearly goes beyond the minimum requirements of the assignment. It attempts to engage the reader through originality and presentation of complex ideas. The writing has a clearly articulated thesis supported by appropriate evidence and sound logic. Minor gaps in logic and argument may appear. Main ideas can be distinguished from supporting evidence with some effort. The writing is organized logically and flows well. An introduction and conclusion are evident, but transitions may be smoother. The writing meets the minimum requirements of the assignment. It offers insight into the subject through basic logic and the presentation of ideas based on some evidence. The writing has a clear thesis and related subordinate ideas supported by clear thinking and appropriate evidence. Logical arguments may be one-sided or incomplete. The writing fails to meet the minimum requirements of the assignment. It offers little insight into the subject and has serious flaws in logic and omissions in evidence. The writing may need a more clearly articulated thesis and/or appropriate related subordinate ideas. Fuzzy logic may be evident and adequate supporting evidence is lacking. /20 The writing demonstrates rudimentary organization and logical structure, but ideas may be more fully developed and supported by more appropriate evidence. /20 The writing keeps the reader’s attention through a carefully crafted prose style. Language chosen is The writing is clear but could be expressed in a style more appropriate to the subject. It is jargon-free but The writing is noticeably lacking in organization. There is no clear introduction nor conclusion and ideas are neither carefully nor fully developed. Supporting evidence is clearly lacking. The writing lacks clarity and is sometimes confusing. The language chosen is not appropriate to the subject nor The writing flows smoothly and logically from a well-defined thesis. It contains an appropriate introduction, conclusion, and smooth transitions. The writing engages the reader through an original prose style appropriate to the subject. Language is Points Earned 11-13 /20 /10 Grammar and Mechanics (20 Points) Formatting (10 Points) precise. Sentences are varied but not noticeably so. Active voice is apparent. All quoted or paraphrased material is properly documented and cited in MLA style. Annotations are included, when appropriate. The writing is free of proofreading errors. The writing contains sentences that are always complete and grammatically correct, and free of confusion and ambiguity. appropriate to the subject, but may call attention to itself in minor ways. Most quoted and paraphrased material is properly documented and cited in MLA style. Annotations are included, when appropriate. may require a more complete explanation of some terms used. Sources are documented and cited but need to show greater consistency in use of MLA style. Annotations missing or completed incorrectly. the assignment. Sources are overly quoted or paraphrased and not adequately documented nor cited in MLA style. Annotations missing. The writing may exhibit a few minor errors in proofreading, but they do not impair the flow of the reading. The writing contains sentences that are complete or which imply unstated connections and/or conclusions. The writing exhibits substantial errors in proofreading. The writing is confusing and ambiguous owing to substantial errors of grammar and syntax. There is no evidence of proofreading, editing, or rewriting. /20 Student provides a high-caliber, formatted assignment in proper MLA style. Assignment presents an above-average use of formatting skills with few errors in MLA style. The writing could benefit from additional proofreading, as some errors impede the flow of the reading. The writing contains some grammatical errors easily corrected. Additional proofreading would help eliminate errors. Appearance of final assignment demonstrates the student's limited ability to use MLA style formatting. Appearance of the final assignment is distracting. The number of MLA style formatting errors impedes easy reading. /10

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