Final Project Guidelines

OPTION 1

 An 8-10 page analytical essay that engages critically with one of our texts. This will constitute 20% of your final grade.

DETAILS:
a) You may write about the work you presented on or you may write about any one text we have covered (or will cover) in class.

  1. b) Regardless of which text you choose, in this paper it is your task to develop a specific, defendable thesis and support it convincingly with evidence from the text.
  2. c) You must also refer to at least one critical source to flesh out your argument and use MLA guidelines to cite it. MLA guidelines indicate that you should follow in-text parenthetical citations and that you must produce a “Works Cited” page. Note that the “Works Cited” page does not count toward the page requirement. You can find all the information you will need about this here: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.
  3. d) Papers should be typed, double-spaced, numbered, in size 11 or 12 Times New Roman font, with standard margins, printed in black ink, and stapled. You will turn in both an electronic and hard copy.

OPTION 2

A critical-creative combination

a)50%: Compose a 4-5 page critical, interpretive essay about one of the works we have read together in class. Your essay should be focused and argument driven.

  1. b) 25% Include a creative component of some kind, such as a short story, a series of poems (3-5), a painting, a series of photographs, a musical composition, a collage, etc. The point of the creative component is to get you thinking about your paper in a different way, by approaching the topic from a different Your creative component must be about the same text as your critical paper.

25% Prepare a 1-page (300-500 words) analysis of how your creative portion connects to your critical essay and/or the work you are examining

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH/EITHER:
a) You must write about any one text we have covered (or will cover) in class.

b) You must apply one theoretical approach that we’ve discussed to it.

c) Regardless of which work and approach you choose, in this paper it is your task to develop a specific, defendable thesis and support it convincingly with evidence from the text. You need to utilize close reading, vertical reading, argumentation, counter-argumentation, and refutation.

d) You must refer to at least one scholarly, critical, peer reviewed source to flesh out your claim.

e) You must use MLA guidelines for style and citation. MLA guidelines indicate that you should follow in-text parenthetical citations and that you must produce a “Works Cited” page. Note that the “Works Cited” page does not count toward the page requirement. You can find all the information you will need about this here:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.

f) Papers should be typed, double-spaced, numbered, in size 11 or 12 Times New Roman font, with standard margins, printed in black ink, and stapled. Your name should be on the first page.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:
April 7: The introduction (thesis statement underlined) and outline of the final paper is due in class on Tuesday, April 7.

April 29: Final draft, with works cited, due on April 29, by email and delivered as a hard copy. The hard copy goes in my mailbox in the English Department (note that the office closes by 4:30). Send an electronic copy as a Word doc to PROFESSORSWANSTROM@GMAIL.COM

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