Research Paper Assignment Guidelines
Select at least one and up to three works from our reading list, develop an argumentative thesis based upon those works, and support that thesis with carefully developed supporting points.
Select a term that describes a cultural phenomenon from the 19th or 20th century, and create an argument that articulates the relationship between that juggernaut and literature of the time. Examples: manifest destiny, westward expansion, the Gilded Age.
Finally, remember that your topic must be argumentative. You are contributing to the academic dialogue concerning at least one work and, while this can be done in a number of ways, it must be professional and scholarly-- hence argumentative.
English 330: Foundations of American Literature II
Research Presentation Guidelines
As you all know, this course is one of three that you’ll be able to select for your Junior Oral Exams, which will take place this spring. In order to help you organize your studying, we’ll be doing a series of research presentations this semester; in addition to your chosen presentation topic, you’ll provide your classmates with a detailed handout on the same information. Each presentation should include the following:
You are to create a handout that includes salient points from your presentation as well as a bibliography with brief annotations. This bibliography should include 5-7 academically credible sources. Be sure to make enough copies of your handout to distribute to everyone in the class. I recommend that you buy a separate folder or notebook to store these handouts; as a collection, they’ll provide a handy starting point for research papers as well as your JOE studies.
You will be graded on the inclusion and depth that you bring to each of the above four requirements. I recommend that you approach the fourth requirement as if you’re leading discussion and prepare a series of discussion questions in case your classmates don’t initiate discussion. Each presentation, including discussion, should last at least 30 minutes, approximately 10 of which should be discussion.