Classics English literature

RESEARCH PAPER INSTRUCTIONS

In Module/Week 8, you will write a 1500-words (about 5–7-pages) essay that addresses one of the plays from the Drama Unit. A minimum of six citations, including the primary source and at least five secondary scholarly sources, is required for this assignment. Before you begin writing the essay, carefully read the guidelines for developing your paper topic that are given below. Review the research paper Grading Rubric to see how your submission will be graded. Gather all of your information, plan the direction of your essay, and organize your ideas by developing a one-page thesis statement, outline, draft, and bibliography for your research paper. Format the thesis statement and the outline in a single Word document using MLA, APA, or Turabian style (whichever corresponds to your degree program). You have the opportunity to receive helpful instructor feedback if you submit your thesis, outline, draft, and bibliography by the end of Module/Week 7. The research paper is due by the end of Module/Week 8, and must include a title page, thesis statement, and outline, followed by the research essay itself and your correctly documented sources page.
Guidelines for Developing Your Paper Topic

Chapters 40 and 41 provide helpful pointers for writing about plays and for developing research papers. Be sure to review both chapters thoroughly before you begin doing any further work for this assignment.

Choose one of the prompts below to address in your paper:

1. Write an essay explaining how Sophocles’ Oedipus exemplifies or refutes Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. Review Chapter 33 in your textbook for the background and overview of Aristotle’s concept of tragedy/the tragic hero and drama. This chapter also contains critical information on Sophocles and the play Oedipus. You may use any of the critical material as a secondary source, but remember to cite it correctly.
2. Discuss William Shakespeare’s Othello, the Moor of Venice as a tragedy. As defined by Aristotle, is it correct to label Othello a “tragic hero” and to classify the play as an Aristotelian tragedy? Review Chapter 34 of your textbook for the background and overview of Shakespeare’s Othello, the Moor of Venice, and drama. This chapter also contains critical information on Shakespeare and the play Othello, the Moor of Venice. Also, see pp. 855–858 and pp. 1022–1025, which address Aristotle’s concept of tragedy and the tragic hero. You may use any of the critical material as a secondary source, but remember to cite it correctly.
3. Use evidence from Sophocles’ Oedipus, from Shakespeare’s Othello, Moor of Venice, and from secondary sources to explain why you agree or disagree with this statement: “The downfall of Oedipus is the work of the gods; the downfall of Othello is self-inflicted.” (Should you choose this option, you need to read both Oedipus and Othello in full.)
4. Discuss the author’s perception of death and the treatment of death in Everyman.

Finding Scholarly Sources

For your papers, you are only permitted to use academic sources. Resources such as 123Essays, Spark Notes, Cliff Notes, and Masterplots (or similar resources) are not scholarly and will not be permitted in your papers. To find appropriate sources, access the Liberty University Library through the Services/Support link on the course menu. From there, you can use the Library Research Portal to find peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. The Literature Resource Center is an excellent resource for these types of papers.

If you need additional help finding the right sources, you can receive help from a librarian in the Liberty library by emailing your questions to research@liberty.edu. You are also free to visit your local library or do some research on the Internet, but make sure you have credible sources. If you are uncertain, email your source to you instructor in advance.
RUBRIC WILL BE UPLOADED TO ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

Research Paper Grading Rubric

STUDENT: _______________________________

 

Excellent

(45–50 Points)

Satisfactory

(40–44.9 Points)

Acceptable

(35–39.9 Points)

Needs Improvement

(27.5–34.9 Points)

Deficient

(0–27.4 Points)

Structure and Organization

Clear introduction and strong thesis evident; clear and appropriate transitions; organization emphasizes the central theme and supports the thesis; appropriate paragraphing; logical, strong conclusion rising from content Generally clear

introduction and focused thesis; generally clear and appropriate transitions; mostly appropriate paragraphing; adequate conclusion – relates to content but lacks objectivity or is vague

Adequate introduction; unclear thesis; adequate transitions; reader can follow what is being said, but the paper’s overall organization is choppy; adequate paragraphs; conclusion is simplistic or is a repetition of thesis Weak introduction; lacks a clear thesis; weak transitions; main points can be ascertained, but difficult to follow what is being said; weak and long paragraphing; conclusion repeats introduction Weak introduction and does not draw reader’s interest; lacks thesis and focus; little or no transitions; organization is disjointed and haphazard; paragraphs are weak; lacks conclusion

Content

Assignment parameters (length, subject, objectives) are observed;

focus is clear and coherent (good sense of audience); obvious understanding of subject; orderly development; assertions are clearly supported and/or illustrated

Assignment parameters (length, subject, objectives) are observed; focus is generally clear and coherent (general sense of audience); good understanding of subject; adequate development; orderly, but stiff, choppy progression of evidence Assignment parameters (length, subject, objectives) not clearly observed; mostly focused (some sense of audience); thoughts randomly organized and presented; assertions weakly supported and/or illustrated Inadequate or minimal observance of assignment length, subject and objectives; weakly focused (little sense of audience); unclear progression of ideas; assertions weakly supported and/or illustrated Inadequate length; objectives of assignment not met; unfocused; little or no sense of audience; serious and persistent errors in organization and structure; lacks understanding of subject; disorganized; does not prove point, if one can be discerned

Grammar and Mechanics

Sentence fluency coherent, unified, varied; sentence structure complete; correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization; varied diction, word choices Sentence fluency correct, varied; Minor errors in structure (fragments, run-ons); correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization; limited diction, word choices Relatively few errors in sentence fluency; multiple fragments/run-ons, poor spelling, punctuation, and capitalization; limited diction, uses trite words, slang, and contractions Significant errors in sentence fluency and structure, spelling, punctuation and capitalization; diction weak or inappropriate Serious and persistent errors in:

sentence fluency

sentence structure

spelling

punctuation

usage

word choice

Research and Sources

Consists of relevant materials and effective research; appropriate depth and length of paper; sources are appropriate to the assignment; number of citations and sources adequate for paper Generally relevant material and research to support findings; adequate depth and length of paper; sources mostly appropriate and cited correctly; number of citations and sources adequate for paper Some research is cited, but lacks depth; sources generally appropriate; number of citations and sources minimally adequate for paper Research is limited and not relevant; choice of resources is inadequate Relevant research is missing; not enough resources; inappropriate resources

Format

Appearance is readable and neat; correct use of APA/Turabian/MLA, margins, font size/ style, pagination, title page; reference page correctly formatted, double-spaced, alphabetized; sources correctly cited Appearance is readable and neat; most of paper uses correct APA/Turabian/MLA, margins, font size/style, pagination, title page; reference page format generally consistent and alphabetized; sources correctly cited Readability and neatness of paper are compromised by the number of errors; APA/Turabian/MLA, format is inconsistent and inadequate; reference page is inconsistent and not alphabetized; most sources correctly cited Disorderliness of paper makes it difficult to read; several format errors; significant errors in reference page; references are not alphabetized; errors in citations Paper is not readable and is disorderly; APA/Turabian/MLA, format is not used; no reference page and/or numerous format errors; sources not cited or incorrectly cited
Comments: Score:

 

250

 

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