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Final Research paper on “the museum” by Leila Aboulela’s 10 pages, including the works cited page/pages . Please check all the papers you’ve done for this research paper, so it will make sense for my professor
write Based on the outline/thesis, and annotated bibliography you’ve written, this will be the research paper
My professor will fail me if she finds plagiarism.
The pdf files below are VERY important, thank you
Introduction: For this assignment, you will write and support an argument about/interpretation of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. Your essay should follow MLA format guidelines (1” margins, 12-point-font, Times New Roman), and should be 3 full pages, minimum.
Directions: While this paper is, primarily, your interpretation of the text, you should develop a clear, well-written argument rooted in textual evidence. Avoid trying to fit an entire text into your response, since this leaves you with such a broad scope that any detailed examination is nearly impossible. The most effective responses pair the the reader’s analysis (your observations and analysis) with a focused argument about the text; that is, the reader has and presents a clear perspective about a specific topic.
As such, the argument you make up to you, and the ways you develop and support your argument should drive the essay. As you draft, consider returning to work you’ve already done:
review your most interesting and attentive discussion posts
review your reading notes/annotations
follow up on class discussions: can you develop an intriguing perspective presented by a peer?
or, of course, or you might develop a new thesis altogether
In addition to a strong thesis, you should incorporate relevant evidence/material from the text, such as details, dialogue, description, narration, imagery, etc. (all of which should be cited). This is in keeping with that old adage of “showing” rather than “telling” as you work out your argument/position. As you integrate textual evidence, remember to quote and cite appropriately. When citing our anthology, please use the anthology page numbers, not the PDF page numbers. For example: “On the other hand, there was keen intimacy between the dog and the man” (London 322).
Finally, please avoid platitudes, cliches, and simplistic conclusions in your essay, and instead delight in the messy complexity of literature as a reflection of the human experience!
Your essay should include the following:
A compelling introduction
A clear thesis (your thesis = a topic + your perspective/argument) located at the end of the introduction
Clear progression of ideas (i.e., organization. Think sequence of arguments/evidence, body paragraphs, topic sentences, etc.)
Evidence from the text that supports your thesis
Close reading of the text (avoid summary/repetition)
Development of ideas/arguments
A clear conclusion that restates your thesis and main points
In-text citation (Last name of the author and the page number where the evidence is found)
Journal responses are more informal than Reader Responses, and you need one per every two weeks.
Remember: chose ONE text from ONE author from each two week period and focus the entirety of your journal prompt on your chosen text. These journals are personal reactions and synthesis of material; it’s too broad to include multiple different readings or authors. Pick the one that impacted you, made you feel the most, or the one you liked best.- then explain throughout the journal entry WHY that is so because of how you answer the prompt(s).
Journals that fail to focus upon only one assigned Module’s reading will receive half credit.
Answer all of these questions as you write your journal entries. Remember, do NOT summarize the reading; do not give a plot outline.
What is the reading about? Give the simple and most obvious answer.
What is the historical significance of this reading? What is the societal significance of this reading?
Does the meaning of this reading change through the years from the time it was written until now? How so?
What did you understand most about this reading? What was the easiest meaning to infer or part to understand?
What did you understand least about this reading? What was the hardest meaning or part to understand?
What is the most important statement in the reading? Quote it if short, summarize it if long. Explain your choice of most important statement.
What word, not in the reading, would you say best explains the reading? That is to say, how would you ‘tag’ this reading in a one-word adjective. Define this word in your own words and explain your choice.
Eng 231 Journal guidelines/reminders
Good grammar, spelling, and punctuation are always appreciated when possible.
Avoid summarizing class discussions or doing Internet research. Your own thoughts are more important than researched information. Respond, analyze, but don’t summarize.
Try to write about 3/4 of a page to a full page for each journal entry, depending on your handwriting size.
Engage with the prompt in a detailed way. For instance, give examples and specific reasons for your reaction to a reading. It is not enough to say “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it.” You must tell specifically why and give examples from the reading.
Try to give specific details or short quotes from the reading rather than making generalizations. When in doubt, write a short quote from the reading in your journal and then tell why you, for example, found it hard to understand, or why it helped you think about something in a new way.
You may consult your textbook and a dictionary when writing journal entries!