You will not only be graded on the final, 6-7 page research paper, but also on all of the assignments and steps that lead up to it.
The purpose of this research project is to gain a deeper understanding of the novella Passing. You will be referring to outside sources, incorporating your voice/analysis with those other sources, and employing MLA guidelines for citation and documentation. As with Paper #3, you are writing an argumentative, not an informative research paper.
Passing is the primary source for this project, which means you need to use it in a significant way (i.e., the novella should comprise, in some way, a third of your paper). Your paper needs to incorporate at least 3-4 outside secondary sources. You may use any type of source in your paper; however, as part of your 3-4 sources, you are required to find at least one of each of the following:
You may also use a video documentary, a book, published journal, or newspaper, but I won’t require these.
In other words, you cannot find only 3-4 internet sources, or only 3-4 database articles. I want you to find a variety of sources, which will help improve the diversity and credibility of your paper.
Your first step, then, is to decide upon a topic. As you are already aware, Passing is full of topic ideas. The key is choosing a topic that’s relevant to the novel and that interests you. Make sure to conduct some preliminary research to make certain that there actually is information on your topic. If you choose your own topic, you must make sure that this topic is researchable. You don’t want to get too far into your project before figuring out that you can’t find enough relevant sources.
You may find your own topic, or you may choose from the following suggestions:
You need to have a topic chosen and explained in a paper proposal to submit on Wednesday, April 5th by 11:59pm. Your topic proposal needs to be 500 words, and needs to address, in paragraph form, these questions, in whatever order you see fit:
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