Prompt- Throughout this year we have studied literary movements (and the poems, writing, art, and literature they have produced) and their deep connection with American history. We have worked hard to explore the link between what happens in our country and how that is reflected in, and sometimes affected by, our literature. For this essay, you will choose a literary movement not studied in class, research it, read/experience its literature (as well as poetry and art), and formulate a thesis identifying (or elaborating on) its connection to American history through theme, characters, style, or subject. How does your literary movement connect with and reflect the American history and identity?
7-10 pages in length; minimum 75 note cards/cited pieces of research Minimum 8 sources, 2-3 of which are primary source literary works
 You are REQUIRED to read and analyze literature (short stories, poetry, a novel) from your era Adequately documented
Under no circumstances is a paper without citations within the text to be given a passing grade. Nor should a paper passed without accompanying note cards be granted credit.
General Paper Guidelines
1. Length and font requirement
a. Font, size and spacing- 12 point, Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1 inch margins, typed or
neatly written.
b. NO cover page. Instead, use the header. (Double-click on the very top of the page. Click “Different 1st
page” in tool bar)
i. name and class period should be in the HEADER, single spaced, in the upper right corner ii. Title should be one space below that, centered.
2. All students must have at least one comprehensive conference with Mr. Chase.
3. All research note cards must be handed in with your final term paper.
4. The paper should have a beginning (lead), middle (development), and an end (conclusion).
5. The paper should have some focus and everything in it should contribute to and support the focus.
6. The paper should use specific detail from the work(s) being discussed to support the generalizations and
conclusions set out as your focus. Such detail includes specific examples or references to the works, including
paraphrases and properly footnoted direct quotations (for poems four line numbers).
7. A good essay is not dry and uninteresting. It should include many elements: a lively, interesting and personal
“voice”; the benefit of personal reaction and experience, elements of creativity in both the style or presentation and the insights unfolded; close attention to the details of the material and thoughtful conclusions based on those details. There need not be a drastic separation between personal reaction and thoughtful conclusion (in fact, there probably cannot be; however, being careful not to “emote” without analysis).
8. Your paper should be neatly typed (double-spaced), revised and edited. You are required to hand in at least one draft, but I suggest that you complete numerous drafts. Hand in any outline, handwritten scribbles, or prewriting work that shows the effort you put into your paper. You are responsible to meet the expectations described on the paper checklist and/or paper outline attached. Mr. Chase is available, as are your classmates, to assist you with clarifying questions and editing. Read your syllabus for days highlighted to work on papers in class.
9. Paper is due at the beginning of class on the assigned deadline. Late papers will be marked down a full letter grade for each day late.
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Citing Sources:
All students are required to properly cite all sources in their paper. Students must use correct parenthetical citation and a thorough works cited page.
The English Department uses the Modern Language Association.
The MLA format is explained thoroughly in Writers’ Inc. Up-to-date electronic citation can be located on the Writers’ Inc website:
Research Techniques:
Students are required to complete a minimum of 75 note cards.
Focus on author(s) background, literary movement (dates, themes, styles, criticisms), historical movement (events, time period, figures, debates)
The research included in your paper should all relate to your overall thesis. When including research such as the author’s biography, do so in an effort to prove the argument you made in your thesis. For example, if exploring the literary period of Realism through Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, you could reference biographical facts from the author’s background to emphasize why Wharton is classified in the literary period of Realism. In addition, you could go on to compare Kate Chopin’s “A Pair of Silk Stockings” from the text to the themes in The House of Mirth.
You have plagiarized if
You directly quoted, changed around only a few words and phrases, or changed the order of the original’s sentences. While browsing the Web, you copied text and pasted it into your paper without quotation marks or without citing the source.
You presented facts or paraphrased someone’s wording without acknowledgement.
You bought or otherwise acquired a research paper and handed in part or all of it as your own.
avoid plagiarism by:
Keeping the following three categories distinct in your notes: your ideas, your summaries of others’ material and exact wording you copy.
For your summaries and exact wording, immediately write down from which work you received your information from including edition, year, page(s), etc.
Identifying the sources of all material you borrow – exact wording, paraphrases, ideas, arguments, and facts. (These are in text citations.)
Checking with your teacher when you are uncertain about your use of sources.

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