Course: AP Literature 12
Due Date: 23 April 2014 (12.01), (12.02, 24 April 2014), (12.03, 25 April 2014)
Paper Length: 5 full to 6 full—no more! Double-spaced.
Outside Sources: 5 or more
Font Type and Size: Times New Roman, 12
· Final copy must be turned in on time regardless of computer problems or recent absences. (CA)
· Essay must be printed out and turned in at the beginning of the period…hence, a hard copy. Mr. Zirretta will not accept an emailed paper for any reason.
Basic Instructions to Writing a Successful MLA Term Paper:
A. Assignment: Turn a claim into a thesis, an argumentative literary statement needing outside sources to be sufficiently supported. Write on 1 of the classics covered this year in class: As I Lay Dying, Hamlet, Frankenstein, King Lear, Wuthering Heights, Heart of Darkness.
1. Must prove a thesis
2. Outside sources must be used to support the thesis
3. Outside sources must be collected properly and documented accurately
B. Paper Length: See above information. The Works Cited page is a separate page in terms of page length. In other words, four full pages of writing and typing and a Works Cited page only counts as four full pages of writing, thus making the paper inadequate in length.
C. Outside Sources: See above information: Students must use quality sources to support their argument. A quality source has a person and a publication behind it. A quality sources has the expert’s qualifications validated in the text. Since literary ideas are subjective in nature, the person or expert behind the idea matters. The aforementioned begs the question: how will Mr. Zirretta know where each student received their information? The answer is fairly simple: see section “D” paper checks.
1.+ Main source: As I Lay Dying, Hamlet, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Heart of Darkness 4.= Book, Books/ Article, Articles/ Magazine/ Scholarly Journals/ Gale-Net Article/ 5 You can only get one main source to count for your maximum (ie: Hamlet + As I Lay Dying = 1)
You may invoke additional sources in your argument, but these sources will not count toward your 5 minimum: i.e.: personal interview, lecture, sermon, encyclopedia, OED dictionary, chaff internet source (chaff = no author or not a legitimate literary magazine or article…Mr. Zirretta determines chaff…he has final say!)
D. Paper Checks: Mr. Zirretta will randomly choose 3 students per section to show where they received every cite in the paper: page, paragraph, and line number. Failure to verify every cite’s inception to Mr. Zirretta by the end of lunch on May 5th is considered an evasion, resulting in a “0” out of 100. If your paper is not turned in on time you will automatically be added to the 3 students whom will need to show Mr. Zirretta every cite’s inception.
Grading: Mr. Zirretta will use the tick system to grade writing and documentation problems. Each infraction will cost the student one point with no cap on repeated dockage.
For example: if you spell Shakespeare "Shakespear" [sic] incorrectly 20 times you will lose 20 points, one point each time.
MLA Rubric for the argumentative research paper:
(30) Outside sources used to support thesis
(30) Outside sources must be collected properly and documented accurately
(40) Must be written at the highest level: rhetoric, style, vocabulary, syntax variation, setting up quotes, leading into quotes, validating quotes…
A B C D F
30/29/28/27 26/25/24 23/22/21 20/19/18 17/16/15/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1/0
96/93/90 86/83/80 76/73/70 66/63/60 56/53/50
40/39/38/37/36 35/34/33/32 31/30/29/28 27/26/25/24 23/22/21/20/19/18/17/16/15/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1/0
“Never, never, never, never, never” (King Lear 5.3.307).
1: Never use Wikipedia
2: Never use another dictionary other than the OED
3: Never use 1st or 2nd person pronouns
4: Never try to get two sources from the same quote: use (qtd. in)
5: Never use the past tense when writing about literature
6: Never assume a webcite will be there when you come back to it—print out your article!
7: Never use contractions
8: Never use a name twice in the same sentence:
(WRONG) Fred Smith once said, “I hate my name” (Smith 4).
9: Never end a paragraph with a quote.
10.Never take the Works Cited page lightly (personally, do this page first!)
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