Assignment: final research paper | English homework help

ASSIGNMENT: FINAL RESEARCH PAPER

DUE: Saturday, July 25

 

Part One:

Read one of the historical novels (written by an American author after 1865) from the list below.

 

Novel List:

                The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

                The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

                White Noise by John DeLillo

                Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

                The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer

Part Two:

Write a 4-5 page essay analyzing the work you choose.  Analyze the story’s plot in terms of social context. Answer questions like: How is the story indicative of the time’s major historical events? AND what writing styles, tones, themes are in line with movements of the time period?

 

                Requirements:

·         Your essay must adhere to MLA style and formatting guidelines.

·         Remember to use proper in-text citations and a correctly formatted works cited page.

·         Your essay must contain two to three sources to back up your claims regarding the text. Wikipedia, SparkNotes, and other “short cut” type websites are NOT valid research sources for this assignment.

·         Your essay should be written in third-person point of view.

·         Your essay should be written in literary present tense.

RUBRIC:

 

 

A

B

C

D or F

Grammar and Mechanics

(20 points)

Essay was very well written containing only one or two minor grammatical or mechanical errors. And, verb tense was accurate.

Essay was well written containing only four or five minor grammatical or mechanical errors. And, verb tense was accurate.

Essay could’ve been better written. There are one or two major grammar or mechanical errors and several minor ones. Or, verb tense was inaccurate.

Essay was not written well. There are countless grammar and mechanical errors. Verb tense was inaccurate.

Content

(40 points)

Essay adequately covered assigned material in an entertaining and thoughtful manner. Content was clear and concise.

Essay adequately covered assigned material in an entertaining and thoughtful manner.  However, content could’ve been more clear and concise.

Essay did not adequately cover assigned material in an entertaining or thoughtful manner. Content wasn’t perfectly clear and concise.

Essay did not adequately cover assigned material in an entertaining or thoughtful manner. Content wasn’t clear and concise.

Diction and Tone

(20 points)

Essay was interesting and used appropriate word choice as well as tone for the assignment.

Essay was interesting, but there were a few minor missteps with word choice and tone.

Essay was interesting, but there was a significant miss with word choice and tone.

Essay did not follow appropriate guidelines in terms of word choice or tone.

MLA Style

(20 points)

Essay was accurately formatted, following MLA guidelines.

Essay was accurately formatted, and only a few MLA guidelines were bent or broken.

Essay wasn’t accurately formatted. Most MLA guidelines weren’t followed.

Essay wasn’t accurately formatted. No MLA guidelines were followed.

 

 







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