Literature paper due 12pm in 10hours? for professor geek
Write a well-developed analysis/explication based on your interpretation of some aspect of a text we
have read thus far. In your close reading, use our literary terminology deliberately, effectively, and
appropriately. Furthermore, if you touch on a topic discussed in class, take it in a new, interesting
direction. Please do not simply regurgitate class material.
Integrate at least four secondary written sources (periodicals, books, or websites) for your argument;
the recommended number of sources is more like five or six. Remember that sources need not only
confirm your position. In fact, when we seek out only sources for confirmation, we limit the scope of
ideas. In addition to confirming your position, sources may oppose your ideas, help to illustrate a
particular supporting point, develop your counterarguments, or flesh out a comparison.
Tips and Reminders: See guidelines for explication in our Eagle Online site and The Sophomore
Literature Study Guide for suggestions regarding generating and exploring ideas for this project.
Revise, revise, revise.
Manuscript Guidelines: MLA format. See guidelines on my Learning Web Page, in Black Board, on the
HCC Library site, in The Sophomore Literature Study Guide, and various MLA guidebooks.
Grading Criteria: The final version of your term paper must be reader-friendly and well-structured. I will
evaluate your essay, which should be 8-9 pages, according to the following criteria:
the scope, content, and quality of your analysis
effective use of evidence (evidence should both provide support and be analyzed/explained)
effective paper structure (if you know what a five-paragraph essay is, please note that such a
structure is inadequate to meet the demands of this assignment)
clear and precise sentence-level rhetoric (grammar and style)
integration of sources and adherence to MLA guidelines for documentation and to manuscript
guidelines (which are also MLA)
All work you submit must be your own. If you consult any sources, whether oral or written,
copyrighted or not, you must clearly distinguish between your words and ideas (or line of thought) and
theirs at all times.
Intellectual dishonesty is broadly defined as encompassing any act that a reasonable person would
perceive as either an attempt to get credit for work that was done with unacknowledged assistance or
an attempt to falsify the quality or quantity of work presented in fulfillment of a course requirement.
Intellectual dishonesty includes—but is not limited to—cheating, collusion, or plagiarism. Collusion
involves unauthorized collaboration with another person or persons in preparing written work offered
for credit. Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another’s work and the unacknowledged
incorporation of that work into one’s own written work offered for credit. (Plagiarism, therefore,
consists of such activities as submitting as one’s own work a paper entirely or partly written by someone
else; submitting a paper in which one has included without acknowledgment the ideas/exact words of another, “revising” another’s work and turning it in as one’s own. Sparknotes, other study aids, and
materials found on the Internet are considered somebody else’s work. Feel free to use them, but you
must attribute and cite them.)