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Research Paper

Course:                       AP Literature 12

Due Date:                   23 April 2014  (12.01), (12.02, 24 April 2014), (12.03, 25 April 2014)  

Points:                        100

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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