Monday, April 27, 2015

UPDATE: 27 APR 2015

Your final essays will due at 9:00am on the first day of finals week: Monday, 04 May. Since we will not be meeting in-person on that day, please send me a .doc or .docx file of your document attached to an email. I will not accept late assignments.

Essays should be 10-12 pages in length, double spaced, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and use one-inch margins. Deviations from this format will result in a lower grade.

Each essay should conclude with a complete works cited page, which does not count toward the 10-12 page length (meaning, you cannot write a 9 page essay plus a 1 page works cited).

The header of your essay should consist only of your name in the upper right-hand corner, followed by a space, and then a engaging titled that is centered (no underlining or bold-faced typed).

Also, please have page numbers centered in the bottom margin.

As far as the specifics of your essays are concerned, make sure that you:
  • open with an introduction that properly contextualizes your primary text, which concludes in a thesis statement that follows the parameters we discussed/workshopped in class
  • include a scholarly overview (i.e. researched, background information)
  • critically analyze your primary text, supporting your analysis with secondary sources; your analysis should address the confluence of word and image or meta-pictures
  • finally, end with a conclusion that answers the "so what" question (in other words, do not summarize or re-capitulate of your essay)
As mentioned in class, please be sure that you use language precisely and economically in order to create clear and understandable prose.

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