EL: Final Paper Guidelines
Final Essay (4-6 pages)
—Your final essay must discuss a literary aspect (or aspects) of at least one work from our syllabus. If you choose to write about more than one text, then they should be linked through a single subject. The paper should look at the historical and geographical context of the work and its cultural effects. It must also evaluate the text of the work from a critical reader’s standpoint.
—Do not provide a summary of the primary text or texts you are discussing; assume that your reader is familiar with the work and use examples and/or quotations from it to support your point, rather than retelling any of its plot. Please be sure that your paper seeks to prove something and has a clear, strong thesis. Please be sure to choose a topic that you can write about for 4-6 pages. PLEASE let your professor know if you have any questions about this paper.
—You must use at least three outside sources to support your critical standpoint. You can choose to write about any of the texts on the syllabus, regardless of if we have read them yet or not. You must format your paper and specifically your in-text citations (required) in APA or MLA format. Remember, anything you learn from an outside source needs an in-text citation, and all information you include should be analyzed. Your own analysis does not require an in-text citation.
PART ONE: Topic due 4/5
PART TWO: Annotated Bibliography due 4/12
—Provide an MLA or APA formatted bibliography that contains entries for your three required outside sources. Please provide 3-5 sentences for each source that explains why this source is valid and how it will help to support the point(s) you are making in your final paper. Remember, your primary source(s), the piece or pieces of literature that you are writing about, do not count as your outside sources.
PART THREE: Final Paper due 4/26
—Your final paper must be provided to your professor via both hardcopy and email. It must be in either APA or MLA format. For refresher information on how to prepare a proper APA or MLA paper, visit the PURDUE OWL website. Email your professor for a link or with any questions. Be sure your format and especially your citations follow one of these formats. Please do not include your annotations on your references page, only the proper citations for each reference.
Your paper is due to your professor in class on April 26th.
You also must email a copy to her by the end of that day. Late papers (hard copies or email) will be deducted 5% off of their grade per day late, no exceptions.
No papers will be accepted a week after your final paper is due, no exceptions.