Mr. Dial Fall 2011 11th Grade American Literature Research Paper
Many individuals in history have had a major influence on American and/or world events. Pick an individual who has had a major impact on American or world events and research him or her, examining the significance of his or her role. Individuals such as the following can be considered, as well as others not listed (however, you must clear any alternative topic choice with your teacher first). Please note -- some of the individuals listed below are controversial figures.
You will need to use a variety of sources to complete this assignment. The Research Paper must be 4-6 pages in total length, double-spaced (12 pt. Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins), including a cover page and an MLA-style Works Cited page (so at least 4 pages of actual writing).
Controlling Idea [thesis statement] due (typed or neatly written in packet)
Tuesday, November 22
Detailed Outline due (typed)
December 22, 2011
First Draft Due (typed with cover and works cited page – this should resemble a finished product) – First Draft must be resubmitted with Final Draft
Jan. 12, 2012
Final Draft Due (typed with cover and works cited page – this sheet must be included as the last page). Hand in your first draft also.
PLAGIARISM: A Warning
Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty that robs the intellectual property of others. Plagiarism is NEVER acceptable. A research paper showing evidence of plagiarism will receive a grade of zero with no chance of raising the score, and a discipline referral . Remember – if you can find papers or passages to copy on the internet, your teacher can find them, too.
What is Plagiarism
Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means
to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
to use (another's production) without crediting the source
to commit literary theft
to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
But can words and ideas really be stolen?
According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
turning in someone else's work as your own
copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.
Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.
Source of the above information: www.plagiarism.org MLA Citation Format
Smith, John. Patience: My Story. New York: Random House, 2001.
Smith, Monica A., and John Jordan. How to Use What You’ve Got To Get What You Want. Washington, DC: Grolier Publishing, 2000.
MAGAZINE & NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
Format: Author, “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical Date: First page-last page.
Seinfeld, Jerry. “What I Did Today.” People 4 Dec. 1997: A10.
Jackson, Michael and Lisa Marie Presley. “Why We Got Married.” National Enquirer 01 Feb. 1998: 4-5.
ARTICLE FROM A REFERENCE BOOK
Format: Author. “Title of Article.” Book title: Subtitle. Editor. Place: Publisher, Date. First page-last page. [Simply omit any information that isn’t available]
King, Martin Luther, “I Have A Dream” Speeches: The Collected Wisdom of Martin Luther King. James Horn. Washington: King Press, 1971. 10-11.
WEBSITE OR WEBPAGE
Format: Author. Title. Editor. Date. Institution. Access Date . [Omit any information that isn’t available]
Student Initiated Drinking and Driving Prevention. 4 Oct. 2000. National GRADD. 16 Feb. 2001 .
Various contributors. How To Be Popular In High School. Jeff Marx Books. 16 Feb. 2001 .
MAGAZINE & NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ACCESSED ONLINE Format:
Author, “Article Title.” Periodical Date of article. Access Date .
[Simply omit any information that isn’t available]
“Customer’s Attempt To Complain To Manager Thwarted By Employee.” The
Onion 14 Feb. 2001 .
Carlson, Margaret. “When a Buddy Movie Goes Bad: Bill and Al, the Boys on the Bus-how long ago that seems.” Time 19 Feb. 2001. 21 Feb. 2001 .
MATERIAL FROM A DATABASE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
(such as Ebsco or Infotrac)
Author. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical Date: First page-last page. Database Name.Subscription Service. Name of Library. Date of Access .
Jensen, Jeff. “High School ‘Olympics’ seek big-time sponsors.” Advertising Age 6 Dec 1993: 1+. MAS Ultra School Edition. Ebsco. Coxsackie-Athens High School Library. 3 Nov 2004
Harder, Nick. “Reader share their crazy and inventive uses for duct tape.” (The Orange County Register) Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service 7 Nov 2002: pK1971. Junior Edition K12. Coxsackie-Athens High School Library. 3 Nov 2004
Period:_______ Topic of Paper:_________________________________
Website Evaluation Criteria Checklist
Is there an author?
Is the author qualified? An expert?
Who is the sponsor? Is it someone reputable?
Is there a link to information about the author or the sponsor?
If the page includes neither a signature nor indicates a sponsor, is there any other way to determine its origin?
Is the information reliable and error-free?
Is there an editor or someone who verifies/checks the information?
Do any other sources have the same information?
Does the information show a minimum of bias?
Is the page designed to influence your opinion?
Are there any ads on the page?
Is the page dated?
If so, when was the last update?
How current are the links? Have some expired or moved?
What topics are covered?
What does this page offer that is not found elsewhere?
How in-depth is the material?
NOTE: THIS PAGE MAY BE FILLED OUT AND HANDED IN FOR EXTRA CREDIT
Developing a Thesis Statement
(Controlling Idea) The following examples show how to develop a thesis statement from a broad, general idea. Each step shows a further narrowing of the topic in order to arrive at a legitimate thesis statement.
Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn Biographical significance of the ending
Public Schools Length of School Year Positive effect of long school year
THESIS: An extended school year would have a positive effect on learning, student
attitudes toward school, and the retention of skills from year to year.
WHAT A THESIS STATEMENT SHOULD NOT BE:
1. A topic or subject by itself cannot serve as a thesis statement. That information tells what the paper is about, but not what you and your research have to say about it.
2. A question cannot serve as a thesis statement because it is not a statement. A question merely says that an answer will follow. However, a question-and-answer pair can be a thesis statement.
3. A general statement that lacks a detailed point of view cannot serve as a thesis statement. A general statement may give the reader background information but does not reflect your point of view.
4. A “so what?” statement. This kind of thesis statement is too obvious (common knowledge) and demonstrates no originality of thought.
WHAT A THESIS STATEMENT SHOULD BE:
1. A complete sentence or two summarizing the point of view in your paper.
2. A specific declaration of your main idea.
3. A statement reflecting your position.
THESIS: The Midwife’s Apprentice is a realistic interpretation of the Middle Ages, showing what life was really like for the common villager.
THESIS: Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird we see Scout Finch mature as she becomes aware of the true nature of the people in her town.
HINT: You write a thesis statement early to focus your attention – not that of your reader. Therefore, as you do your research, you may wish to modify your statement or radically change it (and perhaps you should). That’s okay, but you need to discuss a major change with your teacher.
Your Thesis Statement
First, Jot down your topic:
Now, think about what it is about this topic that you want everyone to know, which they may not already know. Present this in the form of a statement that you can prove is true with your research. Remember, a thesis is not a general statement (so it is not common knowledge, i.e. the Earth is round).
English Research Paper Outline NAME: _____________________________
***DUE: Tuesday, Nov. 22***
Controlling Idea (Thesis Statement)
(“Controlling Idea” is just another term for thesis statement or main idea of your research paper. Copy your revised controlling idea in this space).
(Write down any points you want to include in your introduction in this space. You may write the actual introductory paragraph or simply make bullet-point comments. It is customary for the final sentence of an introduction to be the controlling idea/thesis statement).
(Write down any details or facts that support your thesis statement).
(Use this space to write down any points you want to include in your conclusion. You may write the actual concluding paragraph or simply make bullet-point comments).
List of sources
(List the sources you have consulted so far. You do not have to use MLA style here – just list book titles, websites, etc).
Using Quotes Correctly In The Crucible John Proctor said, “I say – I say – God is dead!” (111).
During the holocaust the Germans “committed unthinkable acts against humanity” (Price 26).
“In search of a better life, Nelson Mandela strived for equal rights,” remarks Professor Jenkins (26).
SAVE YOURSELF EXTRA WORK by…
…using www.citationmachine.net to format your in-text citations and Works Cited page. Click MLA in the upper left corner, select your source type (book, encyclodpedia, web page, etc.), enter required information and click submit, and then cut and past the formatted information into your research paper. Research Paper Final Draft
Research Paper is typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, and a normal font type (Times New Roman is the best – this is the default font in Microsoft Word). Margins should be standard 1-inch margins. The Research Paper should look professional – not wrinkled, misprinted, or damaged
You should have a cover page with your NAME, DATE, CLASS PERIOD, and RESEARCH TOPIC. Feel free to add designs or art to the cover.
Your research paper must be at least 6 typed pages in total, including the “Works Cited” page and the cover page (at least 4 pages of actual writing). It should not exceed 8 pages.
You must use quotations and proper MLA citation form. You should have at least ten citations total. Ex. According to Smith, the Middle Ages were “a very exciting time” (46). You must use at least one direct quote.
You must include a Works Cited page at the end of your paper. This is where you list the sources you have cited in your writing. They are listed alphabetically as in a bibliography page. You must have at least 5 sources listed. At least one source must be a book. Also, one web source must be evaluated in a paragraph below the works cited.
You MUST submit your TIMELINE CHECKLIST in order to receive credit on all of the checks. If you do not submit this form, you may only receive partial credit for the final draft.
First Drafts – Your first draft will only be looked at if it is turned in on time. I highly advise you to submit a first draft, as I will be able to give you suggestions to improve your paper. If you do not submit a rough draft, you will lose 25 points off of the final grade (out of 100). This limits you to a maximum score of 75, assuming you earn maximum credit for all other parts. There should be nothing “rough” about your first draft. It will be the first time I see it, but not the first time you have written it.
Research Papers turned in late will lose 5 points every day.
Check your printer well before it is expected to perform. Printers that are out of ink or don’t work correctly will not constitute a legitimate excuse. Also, computers that fail will not be excused. Save your work often - on both your hard drive and a CD/floppy drive/flash drive. Better yet, save it to the school H-drive, so you can print it here.
Research Paper FINAL DRAFT Grading Rubric (45 points total)
1. Paper is neatly presented & follows Yes No / 5 pts.
2. There are at least 10 citations Yes No / 5 pts.
(with one direct quote) & five sources on “Works Cited” page
and one web source evaluated):
3. A clear thesis is stated: Yes No / 5 pts.
4. Thesis is developed and defended well 5 4 3 2 1 / 20 pts.