Your assignment is to write an Annotated Bibliography containing information on 6 or  more sources (which you will use for your upcoming research essay: Essay 3). You may write  about  any current issue or enduring question that you are passionate or curious about.  You  may write about one of the two topics we have addressed in previous assignments (gender  identity; the cultural phenomena of vampires and zombies). However, your bibliography and  essay must be expanded to comply with the required parameters of this assignment. Please see the Oral Presentation assignment prompt for a list of possible topics. You must use at least six scholarly sources for your Annotated Bibliography. One or  more of these sources must fall into each of the following categories: ? one  book (such as our  Brief Bedford Reader );  ? one  periodical (magazine, journal or newspaper) article; ? one  website (do not use Wikipedia: it is not an acceptable scholarly source); ? one  “multimedia” source (a source using visual and/or audio elements to  support a thesis or theme, such as a film, video, DVD, photograph, etc.). Please use Section 52d-52f (“Construct an Annotated Bibliography”) of your  Rules for Writers textbook as a guide when creating your Annotated Bibliography. In the Eighth Edition of the  book, this section is on pages 427-430. You should begin your Annotated Bibliography like an MLA-formatted essay, with your name,  your instructor’s name, the name of our class, and the date in the upper left-hand corner of your  first page. Then, your chosen research topic (such as Technology or Capital Punishment) should  be centered on the page after the identifying information. Then, you will list your 6 or more  sources in alphabetical order. Please use the sample annotated bibliography entry (on page 3 of  this handout) as an example. You should also use the chapter entitled “Writing Papers in MLA  Style” in your  Rules for Writers  book as a guide when creating your Annotated Bibliography.   nglish 101 Essay 3: Research Essay Assignment I.   INTRODUCTION Your third written assignment for this class is a 7-10 page research essay consisting of 2,000 or more words. A research essay has a persuasive, analytical , and/or expository purpose – and uses documented source material to support your thesis.   A research essay is also an essay that presents and develops a thesis supporting multiple sources of opinion. You stake out a subject narrow enough to be researched and you steep yourself in it. Then you formulate a thesis — your own attitude or opinion on the subject — and present it in a persuasive or expository form, along with facts, opinions, and information that prove it true.   II.  THE PARTS OF A RESEARCH ESSAY There are 2 parts to an MLA-formatted Research Essay: 1. The Text (7-10 pages) 2. The Works Cited Page (1 or more pages) III. TOPIC You may write about any current issue or enduring question that you are passionate or curious about. You may write about one of the two topics we have addressed in previous assignments (gender identity; the cultural phenomena of vampires and zombies). However, your essay must be expanded to comply with the required parameters of this assignment. Below are four sample research essay topics that you may choose from: Sample Topic #1: The Literature of Discrimination Write an essay in which you answer the following question: How do the narrators of the narrative essays “Champion of the World” and “Fish Cheeks” react to being racial minorities and women in a Eurocentric society? How are the circumstances of young Amy Tan similar to and different than the circumstances of young Maya Angelou? Sample Topic #2: Capital Punishment Write an essay in which you answer the following question: Is the death penalty an appropriate punishment for violent criminals in the United States, or should it be abolished nationwide? Write an essay expressing your own opinion on the death penalty, in which you attempt to convince the reader to take some action (either agree with your point-of-view, actively protest against the death penalty, or take some other action). Lambert 2 Sample Topic #3: Machiavellian Politics Write an essay in which you answer the following question: Based on Niccolo Machiavelli’s arguments in his book The Prince, does former President Richard M. Nixon (as portrayed in director Oliver Stone’s film Nixon) represent a Machiavellian “Prince”? Why or why not? What other political leaders exemplify Machiavelli’s notion that “The ends justify the means?” What positive and/or negative effects does this thinking have on a nation’s citizens? Sample Topic #4: Technology and the Future Many arguments have been made regarding the subject of new technology. Some people welcome new technological advances. Many “dystopian” novels and films (such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Matrix ) warn against new technology, and even suggest that self- aware machines will someday enslave the human race. Is this possible? Even if machines do not destroy humans, are they dangerous in other ways? For example, the animated film Wal-E depicts a future society in which humanity is so dependent on technology that we are nearly helpless. Write an essay in which you answer the following question: “Is new technology harmful or beneficial to human beings, or a combination of both? Will technology help or hinder humanity’s efforts to create a better society in the future?” Additional Topics You may also choose to write about one of the following current issues or enduring questions: ? Abortion ? Affirmative Action ? Animal Rights / Animal Liberation ? Civil Rights:  How far have we come in America? ? Immigration policy ? Privacy:  How much are citizens entitled to? ? Racism:  How do we fight it? ? Religion and Morality ? Separation of Church and State ? Terrorism:  How do we fight it? ? The Assassination of John F. Kennedy:  Conspiracy or Lone Gunman? ? Women’s Liberation / Overcoming the “Glass Ceiling” IV. SOURCES You must use at least six scholarly sources to support your essay’s thesis. One or more of these sources must fall into each of the following categories: Lambert 3 ? one book (such as our Brief Bedford Reader ); ? one periodical (magazine, journal or newspaper) article; ? one website (do not use Wikipedia: it is not an acceptable scholarly source); ? one “multimedia” source (a source using visual and/or audio elements to support a thesis or theme, such as a film, video, DVD, photograph, etc.). V.  CITING SOURCES CORRECTLY AND ETHICALLY Much of the writing in your research essay comes from the work of other writers, and you must give proper credit by citing (mentioning) these sources in your paper. The art of citing is called documentation, which is required for any information falling into the following 3 categories: 1. Any judgment, opinion, speculation or theory that is not original (unless it is universally known and accepted). 2. Any fact or statistic open to dispute. 3. Any information provided by a specific observer, even by an expert in his or her field (for example, opinions of psychologists on child abuse). VI. USING QUOTATIONS You will use quotations to include information from your sources in your essay. For example, if you were quoting from “Hail Mary” (a Newsweek magazine article on the Virgin Mary by Kenneth L. Woodward), you could write: Kenneth L. Woodward, in his article on the Virgin Mary, writes that “the 20th century has belonged to Mary” (49). Or….. According to Kenneth L. Woodward, the 20th century has “belonged to Mary” (49). Or….. Kenneth L. Woodward writes:  “The 20th century has belonged to Mary” (49). You will use the MLA (Modern Languages Association) style for parenthetical documentation to list your sources on your Works Cited page, which is the last page of your essay. You will list these sources on your Works Cited page. They should be listed in alphabetical order, by the author’s last name. Your source listings for books should look like this: Author’s last name, author’s first name, title of book, name of publisher, year of publication. For example, if we were listing Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, The Bean Trees : Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Trees . HarperCollins, 1988. (The publisher and year of publication can usually be found at the beginning of a book, before the title page.) Lambert 4 Your source listings for periodical articles should look like this: Author’s last name, author’s first name, title of article, name of magazine or newspaper, date of article, article’s page numbers. For example, if we were listing Kenneth L. Woodward’s Newsweek article, “Hail, Mary”: Woodward, Kenneth L. “Hail, Mary.” Newsweek . August 25, 1997: pp. 49-55. VII. YOUR TURN Writing research essays is not as complicated as it sounds. Keep this sheet handy, think carefully about the subject you write about, and see me if you have any questions. Relax and have fun with this assignment. I look forward to reading your essay

 
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