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Purpose: to connect how literature reflects conflicts and values in
our society from a variety of perspectives; to become more experienced
in accessing and evaluating expert information from researched sources
and incorporating the information into a thesis-supported essay.
You will choose 2- 3 specific readings in our text book and research
expert opinion about social, cultural, and historical context and
real-life influences and how they develop a theme of permanent and
universal value. You will make connections between the readings and the
research and, using your informed opinion, draw some conclusions about
the particular theme you are studying.
In addition to your
essay, you will be graded on a brief research proposal, the quality of
researched sources, and your correct use of MLA citation format.
Essay Requirements: 750 – 1000 words (3 – 4 pages double-spaced, 12 pt font, Times New Roman)
essay will introduce two readings from the textbook; at least one of
them must be from the list below; however, the second may be a reading
not on the list, but included in our text. You also will identify the
theme or central idea, cultural or historical context and other
influences on the theme or central idea. The introduction also will
identify your literary focus, for example, character, imagery,
Your thesis, included at the end of the
introduction, will be an arguable assertion of your purpose and
perspective: should include theme and influence. The thesis grade will
include the statement as well as the support throughout the essay.
thesis will be supported with specific examples from each selection
and include 1 – 2 supporting statements from experts. Ideally you will
add your own interpretation or commentary on relevance of the examples
and even what the experts have to say. You should develop enough
substance to draw connections for the synthesis section of the essay
Synthesis of the Readings and Ideas:
the relationship among all readings, the theme, and the influence as
asserted in thesis statement. You may choose to add commentary and
support from your researched selections for this section.
your insight into the theme and comments (without using first person)
on the significance of the influences or the outcome.
Documentation – in-text citations –
All in-text citations are correct; all material that should be cited is correctly cited;
Documentation – Work cited list –
work cited list is complete and connects seamlessly with in-text citations.
Documentation – quality of sources –
Use at least three credible, authoritative, and relevant sources.Readings: you must use at least one of the following:
“Harlem,” Langston Hughes
“The Cask of Amontillado” E. A. Poe
“Bully,” Martin Espada
“Immigrants,” Pat Mora
“Trifles,” Susan Glaspell
“We Real Cool,” Gwendolyn Brooks
“Design,” Robert Frost
“Incident,” Countee Cullen
“A & P,” John Updike
“To Be of Use,” Marge Piercy
“Everyday Use,” Alice Walker
A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hasberry
“The Things They Carried,” Tim O‘Brien
“No Crime,” Billy Goda
“A Noiseless Patient Spider. You should cite atleast 3 sources from www.ccbcmd.edu