Format: Research Paper
1. About 6 double-spaced typed pages, or 12 paragraphs. Place a one-inch margin in all sides and use 12 point type. The paper must include a cover sheet, described below.
2. All finished papers must be posted online using Connect.web software, which can be used on a home computer or on any college computer through an Internet browser.
Choose either Oedipus Rex or Othello. Do some research on the context of these works, and identify 4 scholarly sources to support your ideas (Include a Works Cited page). How do the work's themes give insight into the culture that produced it?
Focus on one aspect of
the culture that intrigues you. Select 3 or 4 dialogue exchanges in Oedipus
Rex or Othello. How do these
dialogues give insight into the themes or ideas you have chosen?
Cite critics as appropriate.
Cite critics as appropriate.Within the research paper, use 2 sentences modeled on the sentences in Exercise 32: make one a simile (using "like") and one a movement through space.
C. Writing Skills:
1. Strong thesis statement, body, and conclusion.
2. Coherent and well-written paragraphs, including the following:
· strong opening sentences
· relevant supporting sentences
· logical transition or closing sentences.
3. Include at least 4 citations.
4. Within the research paper, use 2 sentences modeled on the prepositions in Exercise 32. One sentence should be a metaphor, and one a movement through physical space, mental space, or time.
5. In a cover sheet, identify your simile and explain why you used it. Also explain the ideas/spaces you were linking with prepositions in your second sentence. Finally, make a short list of the 2-3 literary devices that you discuss in this paper (for literary devices, see the list in "D").
6. Include an Works Cited page, citing your 4 sources and attributing your quotations.
Demonstrate understanding of some of the following literary terms (devices):
Action, chorus, comedy, conflict, dialogue, hubris, irony, plot, protagonist, soliloquy, strophe, anti-strophe, tragedy
Paper Four Grading Checklist
1. Does the thesis
statement identify the themes you will discuss? Remember, a thesis statement
is an informed opinion about the significance of selected facts. The statement
indicates (roughly) in the order in which the arguments are presented in this
2. Are 3 or 4 key dialogues selected and discussed?
3. Are at least 2 literary devices mention in your discussion of the work's
4. Are critics cited and quoted?
5. Are there 2 sentences modeled on Exercise 32?
1. Is the paper about 12 paragraphs (6 pages) long?
2. Is there a Works Cited page with at least 4 sources?
3. Does the cover sheet identify cultural themes under discussion and describe the simile and prepositional phrases in 2 sentences?