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Instructions: Choose a topic to research and then write an essay that provides additional context for understanding how we can make sense of a work, author, or historical event that we will cover in this class.
Your choice for a topic is very open here. I encourage you to pick something that piques your interest this semester. Look ahead at the calendar and reading list. Is there a historical or cultural event we’ll discuss that you find intriguing? An author, musician, or filmmaker you are interested in knowing more about? What is something you might learn more about to help you better understand a story, song, or film? Whatever the case, the basic requirements of your topic are that it must be related to course content and must help you to better understand something from the course.
You have two primary objectives for your essay:
(1) Provide enough details to thoroughly inform your reader of the topic you are researching.
(2) Provide enough evidence to show how the topic you are researching relates to important course themes.
The essay should be primarily text-based. Aim for at least 1,000 words. The essay may also be interactive, including links and visual and/or audial artifacts, if available. The organization, style, and formatting of the essay are up to you. I encourage you to consider how you might best present the information in a way that will help to highlight your research.
Please see the Rubric for specific criteria on how the essay will be evaluated.
All material must be easily accessed. If you are using any media or links, make sure everything is easy to get to.
You must reference at least three credible sources in your essay. Sources must be acknowledged with MLA in-text citations and a Works Cited page.
The essay must be at least 3-4 pages in length, not counting the Works Cited page. If using any media, it is expected that the essay will be longer. Aim for 1,000 words of text. Essays that do not meet the page count will be returned for revision.
You may certainly use the first-person pronoun in this essay.
Formatting for essay (Please see Formatting Example and the video “Formatting Your Document in MLA):
12-point, black Times New Roman font
A correct header
Proper in-text citations
a Works Cited page
submission of a .doc/x or PDF