Final Term Paper AML2020
Assignment Instructions: For this term paper you have options. You can choose to write a critical analysis paper similar to the other papers we have written, but with the added element of scholarly research (at least one outside scholarly article). You can choose to write about more than one work and then your argument will focus on the connection you make between the works. Or, you can choose to write a reflection paper about the importance of reading and analyzing American literature for modern readers today. If you are looking for something more creative, you can choose the creative writing option.
Organization and Development: Your paper should be 4 – 6 pages and include quotations from the story that you explain in your analysis throughout the paper (properly cited using MLA format). For this paper, you can choose to research other scholarly perspectives to support or help prove your argument.
Researching the literary work(s) you plan to analyze in this paper will give you a better idea of what has been said about the work before, so you know you are not simply repeating what is already out there, but rather joining a conversation by making your own argument about the literary work(s).
You should NOT use Google for your research. Use the Palm Beach State databases to find reliable, scholarly arguments about the literary work, such as Academic Search Complete (Ebsco), JSTOR, or Literary Sources (Gale). You will find no shortage of articles in these databases.
Remember that ANY information or words not from your brain MUST be cited properly or you are plagiarizing. If you are unsure about what information to cite, see me. However, when in doubt, cite.
You must also introduce, explain, and analyze any quoted material in order to prove the interpretation you are making. Do not expect readers to simply understand your interpretation by reading the material you quote. As the writer, it is your job to make your analysis of quoted material clear.
Rough Drafts should be 2-4 pages long.
Final Revised Drafts should be 4-6 pages long.
All papers should conform to proper MLA style. Your name should appear on the first page and in the header of every page along with the page number.
Use Times New Roman 12 pt. font.
1 inch margins on all sides and no extra spacing between paragraphs.
All drafts should be double-spaced, printed, and stapled.
All quotes must be introduced (with signal phrases or integrated into sentences), PROPERLY CITED, fully explained, and connected to your argument.
You MUST include a Works Cited Page.
Option 1: Write a Critical Analysis paper where you critically analyze a literary work in order to interpret possible meaning(s) about the work and incorporate scholarly research into your paper to support and develop your own analysis of the literary work(s). You can choose any of the literary works from the semester that you have not already written a paper on.
Option 2: Choose to analyze more than one literary work from the course that accomplish some greater purpose. Your argument would then focus on the connection you are making between the works.
Option 3: Write a reflection paper on the importance of reading and interpreting American literature today. Your argument will focus on why interpreting literature is important for modern readers today.
• How does analyzing literature help develop critical thinking skills in modern readers?
• How does reading and analyzing American literature from earlier time periods shed light on the development of America as a nation?
• How does reading and interpreting American literature impact modern readers and their understanding of social and cultural issues, traditional values and change, human rights and development of identity (individually, socially, and/or as a nation)?
• What works read and analyzed in this course contributed to a new or revised understanding of important issues that have impacted Americans over the course of our history after the Civil War? (For this section you can refer to your own experience with the literature you’ve read and analyzed.)
• Provide examples and quotes/explanation/analysis of the works you choose to support your argument.
Option 4: a creative writing option. For this option you can choose to write a new ending for one of the works we have discussed this semester. You can be super creative with this.
For example you could: Write an ending for modern readers who have been born into a world with the internet. Write a new ending from one of the character’s perspectives to reflect a greater level of development and growth. Write a “where are they now?” ending to illustrate what happened to the characters in after the Civil War was over. These are some examples of what you could do, but you are not limited to these choices.
However, if you choose this option, throughout the course of your new ending you must provide some kind of significant new meaning to the work: new development in a character, new symbolism that reflects a significant issue(s), imagery that represents the exploration of the imagination and psychological conflict, the struggle between faith, reason, and imagination, etc.
Your creative ending must provide significant meaning for the work.
Importance of Reading and Interpreting American Literature
The American literature was written and produces in the US by the preceding colonies. Before finding the United States the British colonies of the eastern cost were influenced heavily by the English literature hence they began broader traditions to enhance the literature. It depicts the diversity and revolution in the forthcoming of the nation and to what it is today. The history of America gifted in building radical expectations in………..