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+ <b>[mailto:e300@ajdrake.com|Email] | ((E300_Requirements|Home)) | ((E300_Syllabus|Syllabus)) | ((E300_Policies|Policies)) | ((E300_Journals|Journals)) | ((E300_Paper|Paper)) | ((E300_Final_Prep|Final)) | ((Blogs_Indices|Blogs)) | ((E300_Audio|Audio)) | [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-list_file_gallery.php|Guides] [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-directory_browse.php|Links] | [http://www.fullerton.edu/irvinecampus/|CSUF Irvine Campus] | [http://www.library.fullerton.edu/|CSUF Library] | [http://www.fullerton.edu/catalog/|CSUF Catalog] | [http://myweb.fullerton.edu/AcademicCalendar/|CSUF Calendar] | [http://www.fullerton.edu/admissions/CurrentStudent/FinalExaminations.asp|CSUF Exam Schedule]</b>
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PROMPTS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TERM PAPER


- Due Dates. The final draft will be due as specified at the bottom of the syllabus page. I require emailed attachments in MS Word (or "inline" only if necessary) because it's easier to comment on drafts and maintain records. A one-paragraph topic/argument description will be due by email on the date the syllabus page specifies. See the syllabus for the paper requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.
+ <b>Due Dates.</b> The final draft will be due as specified at the bottom of the syllabus page. I require emailed attachments in MS Word (or "inline" only if necessary) because it's easier to comment on drafts and maintain records. A one-paragraph topic/argument description will be due by email on the date the syllabus page specifies. See the syllabus for the paper requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.

- Key Guides: [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA Format], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|Deductive Essays], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|Citing Texts], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|Analyzing Texts], and [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|Editing Tips].
+ <b>Key Guides:</b> <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA Format]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|Deductive Essays]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|Citing Texts]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|Analyzing Texts]</b>, and <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|Editing Tips]</b>.

- ~~#7B5E00:===General Prompt===. Choose one or two assigned texts and, focusing on issues you find relevant and manageable, write a 5-7 page essay specific in its initial thesis, easy to follow in structure, and clear and consistent in style. The paper should deal with assigned texts in terms of literary genre at least as much as content or other considerations. (Graduates, if any are enrolled in this class, should write a 10-15 page essay that engages with both primary and secondary material.)~~
+ <b><u>General Prompt</u>. Choose one or two assigned texts and, focusing on issues you find relevant and manageable, write a 5-7 page essay specific in its initial thesis, easy to follow in structure, and clear and consistent in style. The paper should deal with assigned texts in terms of literary genre at least as much as content or other considerations. (Graduates, if any are enrolled in this class, should write a 10-15 page essay that engages with both primary and secondary material.)</b>

- ~~#7B5E00:Genre-based questions that can be developed into a paper topic on a specific text~~
+ <b>Genre-based questions that can be developed into a paper topic on a specific text</b>

- 1. If the assigned work is prose fiction (a short story, novella, or full novel), one key thing to discuss is its way of proceeding as narrative, i.e. as a piece of writing that tells a story. What strikes you about it: is it the story itself? The narrator? The characters? What's distinctive, that is, about this particular piece of story-telling fiction by this author? Discuss with reference to one or more specific passages in the text.
+ <b>1. If the assigned work is prose fiction (a short story, novella, or full novel), one key thing to discuss is its way of proceeding as narrative, i.e. as a piece of writing that tells a story. What strikes you about it: is it the story itself? The narrator? The characters? What's distinctive, that is, about this particular piece of story-telling fiction by this author? Discuss with reference to one or more specific passages in the text.</b>
- 2. If the assigned work is a poem, one key thing to discuss is its quality as language: in poetry, it's often not so much "story" or "action" that matters most, it's the medium itself: the refined, thought-provoking, emotion-inducing, clarity-enhancing arrangement of words on a page. Words are playing in a very intense spotlight in poetry. How is that quality on display in the particular poem/s you're now reading?
- 3. If the assigned work is a drama, one key thing to discuss is the play's manner of representing an action: a play's script is meant to bring carefully delineated or imagined events to life on a stage and thereby to evoke an intellectual/emotional response in an audience. What specific resources (language, structure, settings, realism, symbolic content, character development or revelation, etc.) does the playwright most fully bring to bear in order to further the play's aims as a representation of some "action"?
+ <b>2. If the assigned work is a poem, one key thing to discuss is its quality as language: in poetry, it's often not so much "story" or "action" that matters most, it's the medium itself: the refined, thought-provoking, emotion-inducing, clarity-enhancing arrangement of words on a page. Words are playing in a very intense spotlight in poetry. How is that quality on display in the particular poem/s you're now reading?</b>
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- Formatting. Follow MLA (Modern Language Association) style -- this means, mainly, that you must observe the following formatting rules:
+ <b>3. If the assigned work is a drama, one key thing to discuss is the play's manner of representing an action: a play's script is meant to bring carefully delineated or imagined events to life on a stage and thereby to evoke an intellectual/emotional response in an audience. What specific resources (language, structure, settings, realism, symbolic content, character development or revelation, etc.) does the playwright most fully bring to bear in order to further the play's aims as a representation of some "action"?</b><b>Formatting.</b> Follow MLA (Modern Language Association) style -- this means, mainly, that you must observe the following formatting rules:


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- 7. Introduce and cite sources properly within your essay. See my [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide] for the relevant conventions.
+ 7. Introduce and cite sources properly within your essay. See my <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide]</b> for the relevant conventions.

- 8. Offer a "works cited" list on the last page of your document even if an anthology is your only text. Again, see [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide] for the relevant conventions, or refer to a book every humanities major should have: The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th. edition. Ed. Joseph Gibaldi. New York: MLA, 2003.
+ 8. Offer a "works cited" list on the last page of your document even if an anthology is your only text. Again, see <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide]</b> for the relevant conventions, or refer to a book every humanities major should have: <i>The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.</i> 6th. edition. Ed. Joseph Gibaldi. New York: MLA, 2003.

- Rough Drafts (Optional). If you give me a rough draft or some portion of one, I will read it carefully and offer substantive comments. With regard to stylistic matters, I have a detailed online [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide], portions of which I include as "autotexts" with the MS Word Track Changes feature as I go through a draft. I will not simply "fix" rough drafts since that discourages students from doing their own editing. Self-expression and the desire to say something important are good reasons to write, but they alone do not make a person a good writer -- that takes time and respect for the medium itself, including its formal conventions.
+ <b>Rough Drafts (Optional).</b> If you give me a rough draft or some portion of one, I will read it carefully and offer substantive comments. With regard to stylistic matters, I have a detailed online <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar Guide]</b>, portions of which I include as "autotexts" with the MS Word Track Changes feature as I go through a draft. I will not simply "fix" rough drafts since that discourages students from doing their own editing. Self-expression and the desire to say something important are good reasons to write, but they alone do not make a person a good writer -- that takes time and respect for the medium itself, including its formal conventions.

- Research and "Works Cited" For undergraduates, research is optional -- the main thing is to attend closely to the assigned texts. If you like to do outside reading and work with theoretical approaches, that's good, but this assignment is not technically a research paper. Even if you don't incorporate outside research, you still need to include a separate Works Cited page at the end of the essay--that is because you will, of course, be citing at least one of the assigned texts. Use MLA guidelines for citing sources. As for graduates, your longer paper should incorporate at least some secondary material, but I leave the relative balance between primary and secondary material to your discretion. Libraries: [http://www.chapman.edu/academics/libraries.asp|Chapman], [http://www.library.fullerton.edu/|CSUF].
+ <b>Research and "Works Cited"</b> For undergraduates, research is optional -- the main thing is to attend closely to the assigned texts. If you like to do outside reading and work with theoretical approaches, that's good, but this assignment is not technically a research paper. Even if you don't incorporate outside research, you still need to include a separate Works Cited page at the end of the essay--that is because you will, of course, be citing at least one of the assigned texts. Use MLA guidelines for citing sources. As for graduates, your longer paper should incorporate at least some secondary material, but I leave the relative balance between primary and secondary material to your discretion. Libraries: <b>[http://www.chapman.edu/academics/libraries.asp|Chapman]</b>, <b>[http://www.library.fullerton.edu/|CSUF]</b>.


- Additional Guides. I have written many guides to help students with composing, editing, and polishing their essays. Please look over some of this site's materials on writing -- see the Resources/Guides section of your course menu, and click on "Writing Guides" to view the list. Here are links to the main ones: [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|Deductive], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|Citing], [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|Analyzing], and [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|Editing].
+ <b>Additional Guides.</b> I have written many guides to help students with composing, editing, and polishing their essays. Please look over some of this site's materials on writing -- see the Resources/Guides section of your course menu, and click on "Writing Guides" to view the list. Here are links to the main ones: <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=7|MLA]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=6|Grammar]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|Deductive]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=3|Citing]</b>, <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=1|Analyzing]</b>, and <b>[http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=2|Editing]</b>.

- Advance Draft Comments
+ <b>Advance Draft Comments</b>


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- 1) Thesis presentation in your first paragraph
+ <b>1) Thesis presentation in your first paragraph</b>


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Avoiding Generalities. Do not begin your first paragraph with filler such as, "Throughout history, man has fallen in love and written poetry." That is an irrecoverable sign that the writer has little of substance to say. Also avoid literary appreciation filler such as "Ben Jonson's plays are immortal."
- 2) Argument structure and handling of quotations in the main essay
+ <b>2) Argument structure and handling of quotations in the main essay</b>


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- 3) Grammar and Style
+ <b>3) Grammar and Style</b>


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- GRADES FOR THE FINAL DRAFT
+ <b>GRADES FOR THE FINAL DRAFT</b>


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