Romanticism in “The Fall of the House of Usher”
Romanticism in “The Fall of the House of Usher”
2. Research Paper: 30 points at most for written text
a. Length: 8 pages, not including the “Works Cited” page. Paper must be in Times Roman, 12 pt., double spaced. There are not to be any extra space between paragraphs (I will merely close them up, so your paper will be its correct length.) Please make sure that the opening identification is only single spaced (again, I will close it up, if not). Don’t forget to put a title that describes your paper.
b. Delivery: All papers must be sent via Turnitin by Monday, December 15, 1 p.m. I will be in the classrooms on that day, as well as in my office until noon, if you want to stop in to get some last-minute advice about your paper (Wow! That really would be last minute!) Final grades are due by the end of the week, so I will not have time to review your paper if I don’t receive it on time. Of course, all papers must be typed, double-spaced, following the instructions for your short story and drama essays.
If you are finished your paper prior to Monday, December 15, you may send it in via Turnitin early.
c. Number of researched works: at least 6
Your paper should contain six (or more) scholarly analyses of the work you have chosen to write on. These must be fully cited in the “Works Cited” section. You should “weave” the quotations from the analyses into your text or should paraphrase the words of the scholar and put the citation (including the page[s] number[s] on which the text or idea appears) in parentheses at the end of your sentence. If at least six scholarly articles are not cited, then 5 points will be deducted from the total (see below 2f for further instructions on your researched material).
Remember two things:
i. The scholar’s words or ideas are used to help you in coming to your own conclusions. The main thesis of the paper is your own opinion, which you are supporting in part with the work of other writers.
ii. Quotations support an idea that is explained in full; they give credence to your explanation. Too many quotations suggest that you did no thinking on your own.
iii. After you have presented the quotation or the scholar’s idea, make sure you remark on it, explain its relevance, even if it seems obvious. Never end a paragraph with a quotation that just hangs there.
iv. You must cite in the text every scholar that you have listed in your “Works Cited.” It is not enough just to list someone; you must either quote from that person’s work or refer directly to that person’s ideas within your written text.
d. Limit on number of quotations from scholars: no more than two per page.
This also applies to quotations from your primary source. You may use quotations from the main source to prove your point but avoid using quotations when you can paraphrase in your own words. If a quotation is more than two lines long, then set it as a block quotation (completely indented).
Please remember, however, that excessive quotation—whether from a scholarly analysis or from your primary text—is unacceptable. Quotations are used to support your opinion and points; they are not there to substitute for your own writing.
e. Writing style: Professional
Although you are explaining your personal interpretation of the piece you are considering, you should use only professional language in writing (and, needless to say, correct grammar and punctuation).
i. Avoid using “I.” Use third person instead (“the reader”).
ii. Don’t use slang of any kind.
iii. Don’t use phrases such as “I think” or “in my opinion” or “I myself feel.” This is your paper; I already know that this is what you think or your opinion.
iv. When something is not your opinion but that of a scholar whose work you have read, then make sure you make this clear in the text. For example, “Anderson says in her analysis of The Great Divorce that . . .” (page number).
v. Use only MLA style for internal citations. NO ENDNOTES or FOOTNOTES.
vi. Make sure that you put the title of the short story (or poems) you are working on within quotation marks (no underlining, no italics): “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” “The Cask of Amontillado.”
vii. Make sure that you put the title of a play you are working on in italics: Raisin in the Sun, A Doll’s House.
viii. Remember that you must capitalize every noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and subordinate conjunction in a title.
ix. Remember that you must lowercase every article (unless it is the first word in a title), preposition, and coordinate conjunction in a title.
Points will be deducted from your total for the written portion if any of the writing is not correct and professional. I can’t say how many, but any paper that has substantial grammatical errors, punctuation mistakes, and problems with sentence structure (such as fragments) will not receive the full 30 points for the main text.
f. “Works Cited”—at least seven sources should appear in your “Works Cited” list.
i. In addition to the six (or more) scholarly sources, don’t forget to include the primary text.
ii. All citations must follow strict MLA style, so check with HAW to see how you should set an article from a journal, a chapter in a book, an entire book, etc.
iii. If your “Works Cited” section is completely correct, you will receive an extra five points (i.e., over and above the 30 for the written section). If not, I will deduct accordingly (e.g., not in alphabetical order, last name first, misspellings, not in MLA style—those kinds of error).
iv. To repeat, make sure that every scholar that you mention in your written text is also completely cited in your “Works Cited” section.
We went over the problems of plagiarism in class, so I don’t expect anyone to engage in this nefarious activity, and Turnitin should help reduce the temptation.
However, if I should find that a student has submitted a plagiarized paper–especially one that was bought or taken from the Internet—I will fail the student for this project, which means that the student fails the class and will report the problem to the main office.
Of course, all your grades will be listed on Canvas by no later than December 22, at noon, which is the date/time that final grades are due. I will put “Comments” on the grade, so you will know why I gave the number of points I did.
I’d wish you good luck, but luck has nothing to do with it. Just do the work, follow all the steps, see me in conference as many times as you want to discuss your paper or to let me see a sample of how your paper is coming along, and you should be fine. However, if everything is haphazard, shows no real effort . . . well, you can figure it out.