Posted: February 25th, 2022
Argument/Persuasion with Drama Research Essay Assignment Sheet Task: write a research paper analyzing the theme of freedom (or lack thereof) in the play. What happens to the characters to restrict freedom or to give it back? What choices do the characters make to ensure their personal freedom? POOF! by Lynn Nottage. Research: find and integrate, using the library databases, four secondary sources of literary criticism to support your own arguments/analysis of the play. Body paragraphs need to be about theme, characterization, plot, symbol, etc. Body paragraphs should not be paragraph 1=source 1, paragraph 2=source 2 Paragraphs should not be controlled by the research material. Notes on Research: As you’re researching, you may find articles that simply summarize the play. These are not appropriate for use in an extended essay like this one. You need to find articles that analyze the play. Checklist: an introduction with the thesis as the last sentence? body paragraphs that equally cite quotes from the play and quotes from your research? body paragraphs with a clear topic and concluding sentences that directly relate back to the thesis? four secondary sources cited within the essay at least 70% of the writing that is your words and thoughts, not source material. a formed and defended a clear message for your reader. Don’t “ride the fence.” Take a clear stance. a polished “appearance?” Avoid first and second person pronouns. Avoid contractions. Avoid unanswered rhetorical questions. a creative title in-text citations: each quote (from the play and research) is appropriately introduced and cited afterward. a conclusion that recaps your evidence, restates your thesis (not verbatim), etc. Double-spacing 12-point Times New Roman font One-inch margins (Don’t bother adjusting these, your computer should automatically be set here.) a Works Cited page in MLA format a minimum of 1000 words. Remember, there is no upper limit, but make sure your paper is focused and concise. Thematic statement: In the story “Poof!” by Lynn Nottage, Laureen gains her freedom after her husband’s death, causing her to experience confusion, happiness, relief, and finally joy.
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