Monthly Archives: May 2015

Contemp. British Novels: Course Paper Project

Course Paper Project for Contemporary British Novels

Topics that have been approved for writing: 24

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 900 words on at least two of the course novels: Bridget Jones’s Diary, White Teeth, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or Remains of the Day. Try to discuss an issue or theme which connects several or all of the novels; simply comparing a character in each one is often boring unless the comparison tells us something about the texts. Feel free to look at the blog questions or think about the presentations for ideas.

Due date, on paper: Tuesday, May 26, in my office (525).

  1. The paper must state an argument with examples and reasons, focused on the text. It cannot simply explain something.
  2. It’s OK if you use evidence or history from the time period of the text to help explain it, so long as your emphasis is on the text. Do not write a paper which is really about your best friend or about K-Pop.
  3. The paper must quote from the text to prove your arguments. If your paper has three irrelevant quotes I will assume you didn’t read the text. Use short quotes rather than padding the paper with useless long quotes.
  4. Important!: Here is how the paper will work. You will e-mail me (eng [at] keneckert.com) a 100 word proposal, where you will describe what you are going to discuss and what question or argument you are going to answer or prove in your paper. You should do this soon, because: a) I won’t accept a paper without an accepted proposal; and b) once a proposal is accepted, no other student can write on the same argument. For this reason your proposal needs to be specific. So far many of the proposals I am receiving are short and vague; they will not be accepted.
  • Your second paper in this course will be a revision of this first paper; after I grade it, you will edit and improve the paper.
  • We will be spending the last six classes discussing how to write, research, and edit academic argument papers (May 18 – June 4).
  • Refer to the “Files” heading on this site for an example of MLA formatting. We’ll discuss this in class as well.
  • Grading will be on four criteria: Grammar; structure; argumentation, and text support (quoting).

Shakespeare: Course Paper Project

Course Paper Project for Shakespeare

Topics that have been approved for writing: 27

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 900 words on at least two of the course plays or sonnets: Twelfth Night; MacBeth; Henry V; Sonnets; or The Tempest. Try to discuss an issue which connects several or all of the texts; simply comparing a character in each one is often boring unless the comparison tells us something about the plays or poems. Feel free to look at the blog questions or think about the presentations for ideas.

Due date, on paper: Monday, June 1, in my office (525).

  1. The paper must state an argument with examples and reasons, focused on the text. It cannot simply explain something.
  2. It’s OK if you use evidence or history from the time period of the text to help explain it, so long as your emphasis is on the text. Do not write a paper about your best friend or about K-Pop when discussing issues from the 1600s in England.
  3. The paper must quote from the text to prove your arguments. If your paper has three irrelevant quotes I will assume you didn’t read the text. Use short quotes rather than padding the paper with useless long quotes.
  4. Important!: Here is how the paper will work. You will e-mail me (eng [at] keneckert.com) a 100 word proposal, where you will describe what you are going to discuss and what question or argument you are going to answer or prove in your paper. You should do this soon, because: a) I won’t accept a paper without an accepted proposal; and b) once a proposal is accepted, no other student can write on the same argument. For this reason your proposal needs to be specific. So far many of the proposals I am receiving are short and vague; they will not be accepted.
  • Your second paper in this course will be a revision of this first paper; after I grade it, you will edit and improve the paper.
  • We will be spending the last six classes discussing how to write, research, and edit academic argument papers (May 18 – June 4).
  • Refer to the “Files” heading on this site for an example of MLA formatting. We’ll discuss this in class as well.
  • Grading will be on four criteria: Grammar; structure; argumentation, and text support (quoting).

British Soc. & Lit 1: Course Paper Project

Course Paper Project for British Soc. & Lit 1

Topics that have been approved for writing: 40

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800 words on at least one of the course texts: The Canterbury Tales; The Merchant of Venice; Pride & Prejudice; Poems; or The Picture of Dorian Gray. You may focus on one text, or discuss an issue connecting several of them. Feel free to look at the blog questions or think about the presentations for ideas.

Due date, on paper: Tuesday, May 26, in my office (525).

  1. The paper must state an argument with examples and reasons, focused on the text. It cannot simply explain something.
  2. It’s OK if you use evidence or history from the time period of the text to help explain it, so long as your emphasis is on the text. Do not write a paper about your best friend or about K-Pop if your topic is the Miller’s Tale.
  3. The paper must quote from the text to prove your arguments. If your paper has three irrelevant quotes I will assume you didn’t read the text. Use short quotes rather than padding the paper with useless long quotes.
  4. Important!: Here is how the paper will work. You will e-mail me (eng [at] keneckert.com) a 100 word proposal, where you will describe what you are going to discuss and what question or argument you are going to answer or prove in your paper. You should do this soon, because: a) I won’t accept a paper without an accepted proposal; and b) once a proposal is accepted, no other student can write on the same argument. For this reason your proposal needs to be specific.
  • Your second paper in this course will be a revision of this first paper; after I grade it, you will edit and improve the paper.
  • We will be spending the last seven classes discussing how to write, research, and edit academic argument papers (May 11 – June 4).
  • Refer to the “Files” heading on this site for an example of MLA formatting. We’ll discuss this in class as well.
  • Grading will be on four criteria: Grammar; structure; argumentation, and text support (quoting).