The research paper will be a critical literary analysis focusing on some significant aspect of an author’s work in the drama genre. Various authors/works will be suggested (these are in the textbook) by the instructor, and students may choose from the list or gain approval of another play. The author/work you choose will serve as your primary source of the research paper, and your argument will focus on how the author develops his work through characters, symbols, irony, point of view, setting, etc. The student must narrow the topic he/she chooses and develop that topic through an investigative process with a detailed examination of materials from various sources. You will analyze aspects of the subject, gather information from secondary sources to support your analysis, and develop your argument in a thorough and clear manner.
Through the completed research paper, the student will demonstrate a knowledge of his/her subject and the form for an acceptable research paper:
1. The investigative process
2. Choice of subject and narrowing to thesis
4. Proper documentation
5. Studies of form
Through the research paper process, students must produce the following sections:
• Body of report (with an original title and proper MLA heading)
• Parenthetical/internal citations (primary source and secondary sources used to support your thesis)
• Works Cited page: You must have a minimum of six (6) academic sources, one of which will be the work written by the author chosen. Academic sources do not include sites such as Shmoops, Wikipedia, enotes, or a web address ending in .com. Sources should be found through the TVCC Library research databases.
In addition to the above, the student will be asked to complete notes of research with a working bibliography with notes, and a working thesis statement with an outlined plan (and if working with a group, proof of each member’s contribution to the project).
The research paper must be 4-8 typed double-spaced pages in 12 font (Times New Roman), in MLA format and uploaded into Canvas by the due date.
The research paper will be evaluated in four core objective outcomes—Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility—and with three areas: 1. Content, 2. Mechanics, 3. Form
April 12Working bibliography/notes
April 14Thesis (working idea)/Outline
April 16 (if working in a group)Members’ Contribution
April 22 Peer Review
May 1 (F2F); May 2 (ONL)Research Paper Due
Dates may be subject to change at instructor’s discretion.
Group Research Paper Topics
Study the list of plays below. Choose one of the plays as the primary source for your research paper. When you have determined the work of drama, decide on how to focus the research. In other words, what is your argument/interpretation of this work of literature. All of the works of drama appear in our textbook.
Fences by August Wilson (1230)
Hamlet or A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (1338; 1396)
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1506)
Oedipus the King or Antigone by Sophocles (1602;1758)
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov (1665)
A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen (1703)
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1843)
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