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Ciccolo - April 2020: Writing Prompts

"Bloodchild" Assignment Writing Prompts

Final Formal Essay Assignment

Essay Prompt:

We have read Mrs. Caliban (1982) by Rachel Ingalls, which focuses on a relationship between Dorothy, an alienated suburban housewife, and Larry, an amphibious humanoid. This novella, or short novel, involves issues of gender, otherness, and monstrosity, among others, in the context of American suburbia. Your task now will be to pick one or more of these issues and conduct research in order to find credible outside sources that will help you make an argument about one of these issues and the way it informs the overall meaning of the novella. You must find at least three outside sources, and you must use them in your essay.

Annotated Bibliography (required):
You will submit an annotated bibliography no later than April 21st. This is an important assignment. You will find at least three credible sources (see above) using the Rutgers online library database. You will then provide citation for each source, briefly summarize its content, and describe the way(s) it will contribute to your essay’s argument.

Essay length required: 5-7 pages. Make sure you have written, at the very minimum, a FULL 5 pages.
Essay due date: May 1st.

For this essay, your incorporation of MLA citation will be evaluated and will be factored into your grade. In order to cite your two sources, you may use either your Hacker handbooks or the Purdue Owl website (which I recommend). An earnest effort at accurate citation is expected. Use only the information you have.

Purdue Owl MLA general page:

Your essay should be written in 12 pt., Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins. Unless you’re including a title page, at the top of the first page, write your full name, the course, my name the date, and “Formal Essay #3.” This part should be single-spaced. It should look like this:

[your name here]
English Composition 102
Prof. Ciccolo
Formal Essay #4

The rest of your essay should be double-spaced. I would appreciate page numbers (top right). We will upload the essays, and I will comment on them and grade them digitally. You must upload a Word .doc or .docx in order for this to work, so please switch your file to one of those formats before uploading. Otherwise, the essay may be counted as late. Please give your essay a title. Bear in mind, as always, that the author and the narrator are two distinct entities.

Lastly, keep in mind that you should propose a clear thesis, frame your essay with topic sentences, and offer analysis and textual evidence. Also remember that your essay should be well-organized and grammatically correct — please proofread your work. And be sure to include the academic integrity honor pledge at the end of your essay:

On my honor, I have neither received nor given any unauthorized assistance on this assignment.



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