AP English III Research Paper Steps and Guidelines

AP English III Research Paper Steps and Guidelines
AP English III Research Paper Steps and Guidelines
1. Have fiction book read and initial assignment completed. (This initial assignment was
due in October.)
2. Decide on an arguable, intriguing topic, stemming from your book, that you would like to
research. Choosing your topic will assist in the formulation of your thesis and overall
target of your research process. Examples will be discussed in class. You have a lot of
leeway here to develop a topic. If you are struggling, come in for tutorials asap and we
will develop one together.
3. This essay will ultimately be both informative and persuasive.
4. This essay must have at least five sources including the primary source (the fiction book).
5. Fill out Cornell notes (access these on my website) for your primary source (fiction book)
before 12/8.
6. In the library on 12/8 and 12/10, find, read, and fill out Cornell notes on the following:
a. One to three articles about the book’s author(s) or the book (e.g. background,
interviews, information about influences and/or style reviews, commentary, news
articles about the incident/event/situation/topic detailed in the book, etc.)
b. Three to five articles about the content (or topic) of your chosen research topic
(e.g. newspaper articles, magazine articles, scientific papers or scholarly journals)
c. Database sources must be from DHS, TWU, or UNT databases. At least one of
your 5 sources must be from a database.
d. Website sources must be from reputable, respected sources. No Wiki- anything,
no blogs, no forums, no chatrooms, etc. At least one of your 5 sources must be
from a website.
e. You are required to use properly cited quotations from the fiction book as well as
the secondary sources. Use Purdue OWL as a reference for correct MLA
usage. Shoot for a 70/30 ratio for quoted material (70% your words/30% quoted
material). Quoted material should be embedded when possible.
7. By 12/14, have your Cornell notes sorted into categories, and use them as your outline’s
major headings. Type up your outline using the MLA format for a sentence outline.
(Refer to examples of MLA sentence outlines on my website.) The outline must include
an MLA works cited page.
8. On 1/6, at the beginning of class (not after class and not by the end of the day) the final
printed draft of your research paper is due. If you do not have it at the beginning of class,
it will be considered late. This is to guard against students taking time out of other
classes later in the day to complete this assignment. The final draft should be 5-7 doublespaced pages, 12-point font, Times New Roman, black ink, with 1” margins all around.
The heading should be in the top left-hand corner of the page with page numbers in the
top right-hand corner (last name and page #). You are required to use quotations from the
fiction book as well as the secondary sources. Use Purdue OWL as a reference for
correct MLA usage and citation.
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