The Invention of Wings Research Essay Assignment
ENGL 057 – Keiter
Length: 500 – 750 words plus a works cited page, MLA 8th edition
Write an essay in which you research an issue related to The Invention of Wings. You will select one topic from the list that interests you to explore further. Using HACC’s library for academic research, you will research your selected topic and then write an informative essay about that topic in which you provide a historical perspective of the issue and a connection to the novel.
To accomplish this, you will need to conduct research in the HACC library collection to find a minimum of two academic sources, but no more than three, help you explain the topic to an audience of interested readers (your classmates). You will need to make sure that you have a tight focus for your essay. For example, the topic of slavery is too broad; you should narrow the focus to a particular aspect of slavery (such as workhouses or slave auctions). It is imperative that you properly cite your sources and that the essay ends with a works cited page.
Specific Steps to complete this assignment*
*All due dates are subject to change. Steps to completing this essay may need to be modified if we do not return to campus in early April as planned.
Topic choices (keep in mind you need to make a connection between the historical topic and the novel):
Generating ideas – spend time reviewing your reading notes, your journals, and your book. Do you see any patterns or ideas that would help you answer this prompt? Use brainstorming strategies to help you discover the connections: free write, list, web, and so on. You will also need to start your research in this step of the writing process.
Plan – once you have ideas, you need to make sense of them. Do you see a primary idea that you would be able to discuss? How about supporting details? Take time to outline your essay before you begin drafting.
Draft – using your outline create a first draft of your essay. Do not get hung up on making it perfect; the goal is to get a draft together. You will spend time in the next step improving this draft.
Revise – spend time revising your draft for clarity. A few things to consider are:
Edit – once you are happy with your revised draft you need to move to the editing stage. When you edit you need to:
Proofread – once you think your essay is complete, make sure you proofread to catch any last errors that you may have missed earlier.