Critical thinking and research are important components for academic success. Research is required through scholarly sources which can be located within the library site. Establishing a foundatio

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Critical thinking and research are important components for academic success. Research is required through

scholarly sources

which can be located within the library site. Establishing a foundation of solid research skills will assist you throughout the course.


  • Locate through the library a scholarly journal



    empirical study based upon the topic of your choice of which we have discussed to this point



    . The topic must elaborate what we have discussed and it must be a correlational study not a descriptive component. For example the impact child rearing practices has on development, or the impact of cognitive development and moral development. etc… You are looking for a  correlational effect article, therefore do not use a descriptive study. Focus on the directions of how to write your assignment.

You are to select any article that relates to the topic of your choice.  After reading the article you are to

  • In bulleted format only identify and explain each of the following components and use the following headings:

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    • Research Method


      ….. Explain the type of research method employed…qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods… Describe how the method was used in the study and give your view on the method selection and its effectiveness in this study


    • Population of the study.


      .. address who the population of the study was  with specifics


    • Location of the study


      …where the study took place specifically


    • Implementation of the study


      ….discuss the process of how the study was implemented specifically.


    • Results of the study


      ….what the results were specifically. Include at least 6 factual points of the study.
    • 6 factual explanatory points which you researched from within the article…do not quote the points but you do need to cite them and explain the points and your views along the way
    • Your conclusion of the article (this should be the only area if you are going to write in first person)
  • Look at the articles posted  within the folder How To Understand Reading Research Articles to assist in reading scholarly articles
  • Reference the article in APA format with a reference page
  • Minimum word count 500 -750 to connect to topic in a minimal substantial manner….
  • Follow directions and this is formal writing, not informal or personal opinions, rather factual inclusions must be addressed and not ink first person
  • Do not copy and paste any information, no quotes, in text citations required where needed
  • Grading: depth, critical analysis, summarization of facts, writing process, word count, APA formal, following directions

Critical thinking and research are important components for academic success. Research is required through scholarly sources which can be located within the library site. Establishing a foundatio
Required texts: X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, 5th edition. Pearson/Longman, 2016. English 102-18 Spring 2019 Calendar 1/7 syllabus 1/9 syllabus (continued); introduction to class; Midterm Essay assigned 1/11 introduction to short fiction: “The Appointment in Samarra” (online, W. Somerset Maugham translation); “Godfather Death” (12) 1/14 introduction to drama: Oedipus the King (686-711) 1/16 introduction to poetry: “In a Station of the Metro” (432); “Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter” (443) 1/18 archetype: from Dr. Faustus (Act 2, Scene 2) (657-662); “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” (594) 1/21 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY 1/23 point of view: “The Tell-Tale Heart” (40); “Cathedral” (85) 1/25 CONVOCATION 1/28 character: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (579) 1/30 dialogue: from The Importance of Being Earnest (665-669); “Girl” (56) 2/1 objective description (the objective correlative): “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” (151) (Blackboard) 2/4 irony: “The Gospel According to Mark” (123) 2/6 “Mending Wall” (583) and “Birches” (585) 2/8 metafiction/metatextuality: “Happy Endings” (256); “The Gift of the Magi” (271) (Blackboard) 2/11 “Out, Out—” (371); “Loves Calls Us to the Things of This World” (427) 2/13 the Gothic: “Young Goodman Brown” (260) 2/15 setting: “The Storm” (104); “The Story of an Hour” (179) (Blackboard) 2/18 symbol: “The Chrysanthemums” (206) 2/20 “A Rose for Emily” (32) 2/22 “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (229); “The Lottery” (235) (Blackboard) 2/25 Midterm Essay due; review for Midterm Exam 2/27 Midterm Exam GRADING RUBRIC for CLASS ESSAYS Content: (points indicate DEDUCTIONS) Adequate length (points are deducted fractionally, depending on how far the essay falls short of the length, before any other point deduction is even considered) Unclear thesis statement (10 points) Extensive plot summary (15 points) Poor organization, focus, and/or paragraphing (10 points) “Padding” (10 points) Nonexistent conclusion (10 points) Weak and/or repetitive conclusion (5 points) Missing quotes WITH citations (10 points) No Works Cited page (10 points) Style: (points indicate DEDUCTIONS) For each of the following—5 points if few, 10 points if regular, and 15 points if rampant: Grammar/mechanics Repetition Word choice Spelling English 102 Midterm Essay: 4 Options Choose ONE of these four options— OPTION 1 (Character Analysis): Assignment: Choose THREE different characters from three different works—one short story, one poem, and one play—COVERED IN CLASS. Comparison and contrast should certainly play a part. Using CITED examples and quotes from the chosen works, analyze the character(s) keeping the following criteria (not necessarily ALL of them) in mind: point of view roundness (vs. flatness) dynamism (vs. stasis—i.e., dynamic vs. static) involvement the limits/biases of their perspective (mental state, physical state, gender, race, etc.) setting (not just place, but time/history) symbolism/representation Be especially sure to keep in mind how the author goes about bringing such details/revelations about a given character STYLISTICALLY. OPTION 2 (The Gothic and Its Influence): What is the typical gothic subject matter? The dark. The horrible. The grotesque. The mysterious… In a nutshell, the persistence, threat, and resurfacing of PAST sins—that is, how they are hidden (“buried”) and perpetuated in the present (which often fools itself into thinking the influence of those past sins is dead, gone, and can no longer touch them). How does this tend to manifest itself? Perversion, insanity, murder, sadism (persecution, torture), grotesquerie. Keep in mind that gothic works have proven to be strongly and arguably universally influential in literature and others arts; works that might be considered less obviously gothic or not gothic at all often still utilize the tropes (thematic and stylistic patterns) of the Gothic. Assignment: Compare the style and approach of how THREE different works COVERED IN CLASS that could be considered Gothic. Make sure that ONE of the works could arguably be a less obvious example than the other OPTION 3 (Imagery): Refamiliarize yourself with CONNOTATION and IMAGERY (see pages 421-422, 431, 433, and 446). Assignment: Discuss, via comparison and contrast, how WORD CHOICE and IMAGERY contribute to the common thematic goal of THREE different works—one short story, one poem, and one play—COVERED IN CLASS. OPTION 4 (Archetypes): Refamiliarize yourself with what an ARCHETYPE is; read it on pages 542-543 and 557 of your anthology. Assignment: Consider an archetype discussed in class or argue for the existence of a particular new, undiscussed one of your naming. Discuss how THREE different works COVERED IN CLASS approach a similar archetype differently. Length: 3 to 5 pages, MLA style This is what individual anthology entries on your Works Cited page (completely separate page, with MLA-style pagination at top right) should look like: (the formula, then examples) Last Name of Author, First and (if any) Middle Name of Author. Title of Work within the Anthology (in quotation marks if a short story or a poem, underlined or italicized if a play). The Full Name of the Anthology (underlined or italicized) followed by the edition. Translator (Trans., only if the original work was not written in English; first name first; if more than one, alphabetical by last name). Editor (Ed., first name first; if more than one, alphabetical by last name). City of Publication: Publishing Company, Latest Copyright Date. Pages that the work occupies within the anthology (numbers only). Medium (“Print” or “Digital”). (Notice how the entries are listed alphabetically according to the author’s last name, and how they are reverse indented; that is, indented the opposite of how you indent a paragraph, with only the first line NOT indented.) Works Cited Sophocles. Oedipus the King. Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing 5thed. Trans. Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald. Ed. Dana Gioia and X.J. Kennedy. Boston: Pearson, 2016. 690-732. English 102 Final Essay: It is the same as the Midterm Essay assignment, but you may only choose from the works COVERED IN CLASS after the Midterm Exam, and you cannot choose the same option chosen for your Midterm Essay.

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