Essay II—Option 5
Choose ONE of the writing prompts below write a 500-750 word documented essay.
Word count does not include the Works Cited page.
Remember this is an essay and should follow the guidelines for one. You need an
introductory paragraph that establishes the context of the essay and ends with a
strong thesis statement. You also need carefully developed body paragraphs that
use examples and quotes from the text and the secondary source(s), which support
the main idea that you have stated in your thesis. Finally, end with a conclusion that
ties everything together.
It is a requirement of this paper that you cite from the literature and sources in your
paper to support your ideas. The sources do not take the place of your explanations
or analysis, so you should not rely on too many quotes or paraphrases. Choose your
secondary source material judiciously.
Your paper needs to be written according to MLA format. This applies to heading,
margin and line spacing, in-text citation, and the Works Cited page. Please refamiliarize
yourself with MLA guidelines.
As you write, remember to maintain formal tone and style throughout the paper.
Avoid use of first person and second person. Do not use clichés or contractions. Be
mindful of spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. Since this is a sophomore level
college course, your writing will be assessed according to sophomore level college
Beware of summarization!!! You don’t want to re-tell the plot!!!
Analyze the role of nature in “Thanatopsis” as it relates to the theme. What
was the poem designed to do? Did it achieve its purpose? To avoid a
description or plot summary, the thesis should contain a conclusion,
evaluation, or interpretation of the role of nature that connects to the opinion
on the poem’s theme.
Analyze the shifting American ideals from Revolutionary Literature to
Romantic Literature. To avoid simply describing or plot summary, the
assertion in the thesis needs to include some conclusion, evaluation, or
interpretation of the American Identity as demonstrated in the works read in
the class. What aspects of American Identity have changed? How has the
identity been affected by changing political, religious, and social systems?
What do these aspects reveal about the new American character? At least
two works should be used to support the conclusions.
Analyze the American hero that has developed in either Revolutionary
Literature or American Romanticism. What type of hero populates the nation
now? How does this reflect the new America and the new direction of the
country? What does it now take to be successful in this new nation? Is this
positive or negative? To avoid plot or description, the assertion in the thesis
needs to include some conclusion, evaluation, or interpretation of the
American Hero that will be developed in the analysis of the hero based on the
literature chosen for the paper.
1. Your paper must be 500-750 words in length. Anything shorter will suffer a
30-point deduction. The word count does not include the Works Cited page
2. Your paper should be double spaced and all paragraphs should be indented
3. Papers written on only one work must include 2 or 3 sources—no more and
no less. Papers with less than 2 sources will suffer a 30-point deduction.
Papers with more than 3 sources will suffer a 30-point deduction for each
source over the maximum.
a. Source #1 will be the work you have chosen to write on such as The
General History of Virginia from our textbook
b. Sources #2 and #3 must originate from scholarly journals or books of
criticism. Use the library’s databases to locate secondary sources.
Summaries of articles in references books and Internet sources are
4. Papers written on two or three works must include 3 or 4 sources. Papers
with less than 3 sources will suffer a 30-point deduction.
a. Sources #1, #2, (in some cases #3) will be the works you have chosen
to write on such as The General History of Virginia and Of Plymouth
Plantation from our textbook.
b. The remaining sources must originate from scholarly journals or
books of criticism. Use the library’s databases to locate secondary
sources. Summaries of articles in references books and Internet
sources are not allowed.
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5. Each paper needs a unique title. “A Hero Forged” is an example of a unique
title. All papers should follow the format above for heading including your
last name and page number in the upper right. My last name is used as an
example. Your section numbers for this class are as follows:
a. ENGL 2327.W1—for everyone else
b. ENGL 2327.WHY—for those students enrolled at Yoakum HS
6. The Works Cited page should resemble the following
a. Notice how the sources are listed alphabetically. The first line of each
source is flush with the margin while each subsequent line is
indented. Additionally, your last name and the page number should
appear in the upper right corner of the paper. This should be
completed in the Header/Footer Option of your computer.
English 2322.your section number
17 August 2012
Unique Title for Your Paper
Paragraphs should be indented, and your papers should be edited
carefully for punctuation and grammar mistakes.
Allen, Bartholomew. Medieval Literature. New York: Penguin, 2010. Print.
De France, Marie. “Milun.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed.
Stephen Greenblatt, James Simpson, and Alfred David. Vol. A. 9th edition.
New York: Norton, 2012. 143-154. Print.
Zimmermann, Mike, and Zachary Gayle. “Imagery in Beowulf.” British Literature
4.8 (March 2011): 54-64. Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 Feb. 2008.
7. Before submitting your paper, the file should be saved as following: “Your
Name—title of work” and it should be saved in one of the following formats:
.doc, .docx, or .rtf. My computer will not open any other formats.
8. When you are ready to submit your paper, return to Week One and locate
Essay I: Colonial Literature. It will be hyperlinked in blue. Follow the
instructions found there for submitting your paper.
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