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You are to select a short story from our textbook that does NOT appear in our course calendar and that was NOT the subject of your first or second critical analysis paper. Once you have selected a short story, read the short story slowly and carefully. As you read, take notes along the way, determining what YOU interpret to be the story's primary theme and the theme's relevance and/or connection to real life experience.
The story, its theme, and its relevance to real life experience will be the basis of the annotated bibliography and the research paper. The theme and its relevance to real life experience will also be the basis for the photo montage you will be creating following the annotated bibliography and research paper assignments.
Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library and Internet research. Therefore, it is vital that you fully understand your selected story, the primary theme you interpret and its relevance to real life experience and conditions. If you do not, it is in your best interest that you study it closely and consult with me.
Once you have a theme determined, create a thesis statement where you argue how the theme is relevant to real life experience. Remember that the thesis should not state the obvious; it should go beyond what the casual reader would interpret: For example, if your story is “A Horseman in the Sky” by Ambrose Bierce and the theme is loyalty to family versus loyalty to one’s country, then the thesis statement would read as follows.
The theme of loyalty to family versus loyalty to one’s country in Ambrose Bierce’s “A Horseman in the Sky” strongly depicts the internal mental grappling that exists when an individual is deciding between serving his/her country or maintaining a united family where both parents are present.
Your goal is to find sources that can be used in support of your thesis. Sources must pertain to both the story itself, its theme, and on its relevance to real life experience. Once you have a thesis statement worked out, follow the directions below for your annotated bibliography:
1) You are to compile a minimum 10-source annotated bibliography.
2) The citation for each source must follow MLA 8th edition guidelines. I will provide you information on this.
3) Each citation of the bibliography MUST be fully annotated, that is, you MUST have a paragraph following each citation that summarizes the source in one sentence, assesses the validity of the source, and reflects on the source fits into your research. Each annotation paragraph for each citation MUST be between five to eight sentences long.
Keep in mind that the primary scope of the annotated bibliography and the soon-to-come research paper is to fully express an argument (take a position) pertaining to your topic (the thesis statement). Therefore, the sources you gather must reflect this precisely.
Your bibliography will include the following types of sources:
1) The short story itself.
2) An analysis of the short story and its theme by a reputable scholar.
3) An analysis of any particulars of the short story, which may include such things as character, setting, time periods, the author’s life and times, figurative elements, etc.
4) Real life examples of the theme, case studies, statistics, historical events, news stories, documentaries, interviews, observations, parallels to other short stories, comparative studies, exposes on real life historical and/or present day figures, etc.
5) Any other sources on any information you can find pertaining to your topic.
Your bibliography must be comprised of at least:
1) Three closed Internet (library database) sources (independent articles or articles in academic journals).
2) Two Google Scholar open Internet sources (independent articles or articles in academic journals).
3) One hard copy (print) book.
4) One ebook.
5) Any other types of sources of your choice, which can include YouTube or Hulu videos and audios, dissertations, graphics, comparative studies,
documentaries, etc. that can be used as scholarly evidence.
All sources MUST be reputable. This means the author's or creators of any source must have verifiable credentials, leaders in their field, must be authorities in their field, that sort of thing.
Include a combination of primary and secondary sources. A primary source is information that comes directly from the originating author, creator, researcher, scientist, artist, politician, world leader, etc. A secondary source is any information that analyzes a primary source.
The overall format of the bibliography must be in accordance to MLA style guidelines 8th edition, which includes 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with a hanging indent for each citation.
The practical objective of this assignment is to help you gain or enhance research and processing skills and critical thinking skills. It will allow you to witness firsthand the body of information that is available and how to sort through it. The hope is that along the way you develop, if you have not already, an interest in literature and that you continue to see the value in it in both your personal and professional lives.
This is not a test; it is a learning experience. You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions at any time during the research process.
You are to select a short story from our textbook that does NOT appear in our course calendar and that was NOT the subject of your first or second critical analysis paper. Once you have selected a short story, read the short story slowly and carefully.