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English 151 W2017

Professor: Dr. Shona Harrison







Due: as per syllabus, second class of Week 9 (Thursday, 26 October)


Value: 10%   Submit in hard copy at the start of class


1). Introductory Paragraph


Craft the introductory paragraph for your essay.  It should provide the context for your argument and a detailed “working” thesis:


This should include:






Thesis help:

(“I” clause:  In this paper I will argue*) ASSERTION:  because clause* EVIDENCE:

  1. key words/phrase from body paragraph one
  2. key words/phrase from body paragraph two
  3. key words/phrase from body paragraph three



*I clause* and *because clause* to be rewritten before submission. It is present only in the drafting stage to ensure a clear relationship exists between your ASSERTION and EVIDENCE.



2). Body Paragraph Outline


Craft a detailed outline of your proposed essay (follow handout entitled PERSUATIVE WRITING ORGANIZER as a guide).



3). Annotated Bibliography

Annotate 5 possible academic sources (3 must be peer reviewed and the other 2 can come from “grey” literature) for your Research Paper.

This assignment closely follows the conventions and format of a traditional MLA-styled Works Cited page:  you need to include complete citation information for each source, order alphabetically by author’s last name, double space citation entry, and use a hanging indent.

It differs, then, as following each source is a 1-2 sentence summary about the work and another 1-2 sentences about how it relates to your topic.  This is not an article review; you need to consider how the article is relevant to your topic/thesis.

Layout would like this:

Student Name

English 151-001

Annotated Bibliography

Surname, Given.  “Article Title.”  Journal Title, vol. 33, no. 2, Jan. 2010, pp. 70-91.  Database, doi: jml.2010.33.2.70. Accessed 30 Mar. 2016.

Black’s article explores the positive aspects of a post secondary education… 2-3 sentences as the source relates to your topic. (Yes the summary is single space, typically).

Next, Source…  citation…

Cosworth’s articles traces the increases to tuition for post secondary education….  etc.



Each source, of which there must be FIVE, will have 1. citation entry and 2. short summary.  Submit in hard-copy at the start of class.





Due: as per syllabus, last class of the semester Week 13 Thursday, 24 November) (mandatory participation)


Bring a copy of your paper (a good, solid draft including Works Cited page) and Little Seagull Handbook or similar.













Due: as per syllabus, Week 13 (01 December, Friday by 5 pm)


Value:  25%

(electronic submission to—link provided under Research Essay toggle on Connect)


  • Your paper can be on any literary work from the course (do not write on the same work/topic as your Oral Presentation/Short Essay) and related critical approach; however, your essay must be argumentative in its impulse; that is, you must try and convince the reader of the validity of your thesis.



  • Length: 8 pages in length, to be double-spaced on standard 8 1/2 by 11” white paper, typed in 12 pt. font (Times New Roman), and follow MLA citation and stylization.  Therefore, you must have a title and a Works Cited page.  Use the example provided in LSH pages 161-169.


  • You must use at least *THREE* secondary sources. Further, two of your secondary sources should be peer reviewed academic articles (therefore, published by a university press, and/or written by an academic etc).  Wikipedia, for example, is NOT an academic source.


  • Your topic must be “grounded” by evidence; by this I mean that assertions must be supported. Your primary source is your first line of evidence.


  • Remember, the sources should be included to support or refute (contrast) your claim and NOT to ‘pad’ your paper. In other words, I want to hear what you


  • Be certain to cast your essay in an objective, analytical tone; therefore, you should avoid use of first person (the “I”).



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