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The link is for the story I choose “Things Fall Apart”
For this assignment, you will write a research essay that compares a cultural element depicted in a non-American novel with research about that cultural element in history. This essay is a cornerstone project, which is a multi-faceted assignment that serves as a foundational experience for you at the beginning of your academic program. Writing this essay will help improve your research, writing, and analytical skills. Also, writing the essay will help you to evaluate information, improve your digital literacy, and become more understanding of global issues.
Writing the research essay will meet several course competencies, including demonstrating basic information literacy skills, analyzing multiculturalism in a non-American novel, internally documenting literary and scholarly works using current MLA guidelines, and creating works cited entries for literary and scholarly works using current MLA guidelines.
You will write a multicultural research essay that compares a cultural aspect of a novel to the real culture portrayed. As your focus, you should choose a specific cultural aspect depicted in the novel you have chosen. Your essay will determine the accuracy of the novel’s portrayal of your chosen cultural aspect. For example, how well does Anna Karenina portray the legalities of marriage and divorce in late 19th century Russia? The length requirement for this essay is 2300-2800 words, not including the endorsement or works cited page. Your works cited page should include the multicultural novel you have chosen and five additional scholarly sources to support your claim about the novel. That means you should have at least six authoritative sources on your works cited page. You must adequately quote and paraphrase from all sources with correct documentation. You will want to include at least 5 outside sources in this paper as well as the novel. So, in total, you should have a minimum total of 6 sources for this paper. You are allowed a maximum of 10 sources in the paper, including the novel. A good rule of thumb would be to include 2-4 quotes or paraphrases in each main paragraph of your essay. Engaging with outside sources will help you get to your word count.
When discussing the novel, use literary present tense. When you discuss historical aspects, these points should be made in past tense. In your introduction, you should identify the novel, author, and setting. You may give a short summary of the novel in your introduction to set up your thesis, and you should preview the points you will use to support your thesis. Your thesis should judge the accuracy of the depiction of a particular cultural aspect in your chosen novel. You may give background of your author if it pertains to the topic of your essay. Do not include irrelevant aspects of your author’s biography. Your topic sentences should be support points for your thesis. Each body paragraph should use illustrations from the novel and/or scholarly sources to support its topic sentence. You may restate your main points briefly, but remember to discuss the importance of your essay.
Your essay will be graded on grammar and mechanics, title, formatting, documentation, organization, structure, development, style, cohesion, and unity. Your annotated bibliography will be graded on grammar and mechanics, formatting, authority of your sources, and organization.