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					                                HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
                                      Department of English


English 1302                                                                  Professor Schweitzer
Composition II                                                                Distance Education



                                   Literary Research Essay


Due: By midnight on the date indicated on the syllabus, uploaded to Eagle Online. No late papers
may be accepted under any circumstances.

Specifications: Students must complete a four to five page research paper. Papers can be
no shorter than four full pages or more than five and a half pages, typed and double-spaced
with one-inch standard margins. See the Course Appendices for the two formatting choices for
formal essays. Attempting artificially to pad the length by changing fonts, font sizes, kerning, line
spacing, or margins will result in automatic failure on the assignment. Remember—the instructor is
deaf, not blind. Students should use the Modern Language Association of America’s parenthetical
citation method, with, if needed, endnotes. In addition to one copy of the essay being uploaded to
the course website, students must submit their papers via http://turnitin.com as well (class number:
5974635; password: punishment).

Instructions: Students must write an essay interpreting some aspect of one of more folk tales of the
same Aarne-Thompson type. In addition to at least one primary source, students must have at least
three secondary sources.

Criteria: Your term paper will be evaluated by the following criteria—

A. Following Instructions / Formatting / Citations                                             50 pts.

• Falls within minimal page requirements                                                       30 pts.
• Proper page formatting (see appendix)                                                        10 pts.
• Proper use of MLA format for citations, Works Cited page, and endnotes                       10 pts.

B. Thesis                                                                                      25 pts.

• Thesis is clearly stated in introduction                                                      5 pts.
• Thesis can be both argued and argued against                                                 10 pts.
• Thesis is sophisticated and subtle                                                           10 pts.

C. Argument                                                                                    25 pts.

• Each body paragraph’s relationship to the main thesis is clear                               5 pts.
• Author’s argument is grounded in appropriate level of research                               10 pts.
• Author’s arguments and analysis of textual quotations support thesis                         10 pts.

				
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