English 057 Final Essay: Argument from Sources
Assignment: Write an essay in which you research an issue related to To Kill a Mockingbird or Secret Life of Bees. See the following list of topics. Select a topic and use the guide questions to direct your research and organize your essay. The essay should provide an historical perspective of the issue and a connection to the novel(s), in terms of plot, characters, and/or theme.
Research for this essay should include at least two sources found in our library collection/databases.
When writing your essay, be sure to support your claims with reasons and evidence drawn from your research. Be sure to structure your essay to include an interesting introduction, a clear, effective thesis statement that states your position on the topic and forecasts the rest of your paper, well-developed body paragraphs that include arguments for your position, and a conclusion.
Format: Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 point type. MLA headings and margins. You will need a title, but not a title page. For questions on MLA format, reference your textbook.
In-text citations and a Works Cited page are necessary.
1. Ideas/Content: sufficiently developed introduction; clear statement of position (thesis); clear presentation of evidence that supports your position; appropriate detail; sufficiently developed conclusion in which you tie all of these elements together
2. Organization: clear connection between each paragraph and your thesis; logical order within and between paragraphs; clear transitions
3. Style: formal, but not stilted; avoid slang and contractions; sentence variation should be used to express degrees of importance and relationships between sentences
4. Grammar: standard conventional English; avoid sentence fragments, fused sentences, and comma splices; use correct subject/verb and pronoun/antecedent agreement
5. Mechanics: correct use of punctuation, including use of sentence boundaries and commas; double space with appropriate margins; MLA format
Length: 3-4 pages. No less. MLA format only. Academic Audience
Note: Portfolio should contain all work done in preparation for the essay, along with copies of sources used.