World Literature Heritage Research Essay
(150 points-100 pt essay/50 pt pre-writes)
Discuss with your family members about where your ancestors came from, if you do not know
where your ancestors came from OR if you do not know what your ancestry is. If you are unable to
ask a family member, ask the family that you live with about their heritage. Once you have
discovered your heritage/your family’s heritage begin researching aspects of that ancient culture.
Types of possible ideas to research:
-Mythology/ancient religion (MUST be BEFORE Christianity)
Remember your paper MUST have a MINIMUM of THREE main points and it must be written in
THIRD PERSON, but you may have more than THREE points! You do NOT have to do all three of
the above ideas. FIND WHAT YOU CAN and use that information. For example, you may only be
able to find myths, so find at least THREE (or more) of them to summarize and put into your paper!
Do NOT tell me the history of your actual family (unless there is a really good folktale or
legend that has been passed down from generation to generation).
Example: Ms. Schrage’s maternal (mother’s side) grandfather’s family immigrated from Norway and
Sweden; thus, she will be researching the mythology/religion, and/or folklore/folktales of the ancient
Be prepared to discuss your paper with the class!!
*3-5 page typed essay:
*Correct format: introduction, body, and conclusion
*Title page with your name, subject, date due, and title of paper- This is the ONLY
place you will write your name, subject, and the title of your paper!
*Typed- double spaced, Courier New 12 font, 1 inch margins
-MUST use at least 1 book and 1 other (encyclopedia, magazine, newspaper, interview,
TV/movie, etc), you can NOT use all Internet sources!
-Your paper will be looked upon better IF you have a mixture of sources!
*Works cited IN PAPER (see handout in packet)
(Your paper will not be accepted without this done!)
*Works Cited Page at the end (see handout in packet)
(Your paper will not be accepted without this!)
(remember to keep your sources separate, so you will be able to CITE where you got your info
from in your paper!)
*outline (see handout)
*rough draft (use for peer editing)
*peer edit (see handout)
*revised draft-your fixed rough draft (use for self editing)
*self edit (see handout)