Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics Major

The Final Research Project will present research relating the responsibilities of a critical thinker to contemporary society. In this assignment, you will do the following:

  • Research one aspect of a contemporary social problem.
  • Define the problem.
  • Propose a possible solution for the problem.
  • Create an argument that supports your thesis position. You should take on the perspective of a critically thinking researcher. The argument must present a thesis statement and evidence to support the thesis statement.
  • Evaluate the ethical outcomes that result from the position you take on the issue and explain how those outcomes would influence society and culture.
  • Interpret statistical data from at least two peer-reviewed scholarly sources.
  • Evaluate evidence using the following standards: validity, reliability, and bias related to the chosen topic and accurately identify strengths and weaknesses.

Research and Define the Problem

You must take on the perspective of your major field of study and explain in your paper what that perspective is and how it informs your view of the topic. The topics listed above are far too broad to write about in 10–12 pages (3,300–3,900 words). Instead, you must choose a narrowly defined thesis and approach it from the perspective of your field.

Example: If you are an economics major, and you are interested in immigration reform, you should approach a very specific aspect of immigration reform through the lens of economic theory and practice. A specific thesis question would not be, “How does illegal immigration influence the U.S. economy?” One could write thousands of pages on such a topic. Instead, a better question would be, “How do illegal immigrant hotel workers in Chicago impact the economy of Northern Illinois?” You would then want to do the research and determine the positive and negative impacts they have, ultimately trying to conclude how illegal immigration in this area should be approached ethically.

How to Hone Your Thesis: It is important that you start your research early in this course. Try to find the most important contemporary questions and theories in your field of study and then align the most important questions with a very specific aspect of the general topics above. For example, if you are a psychology major, you might want to start thinking within the realm of healthcare reform or aspects of mental health and criminality in the prison system.

Your Argument

You must present a complete argument, including a major claim with at least five points of evidence, information, or data that will prove the claim.

  • The thesis statement must be
    • A clear, simple declarative sentence as the first or last sentence in the opening paragraph of the essay.
    • Of such a nature that it can be substantiated, corroborated, verified, and proved through appeal to primary or secondary academic research source materials.
  • The introductory paragraph must
    • Present the thesis statement, an explanation for the importance of the topic, and its relation to the student’s field of study.
  • Beliefs, opinions, and personal opinions must not be introduced at any point in the essay.
  • All beliefs and opinions should be supported with academic evidence. Sweeping generalizations with no supporting academic evidence do not reflect adequate critical thinking skills.
  • Do not include rhetorical questions in your essays. All the questions that are pertinent to your project need to be answered in your essay and your answers again need to be supported with evidence from peer-reviewed journal articles and academically published books.

Attributes of Good Critical Thinking in Papers

  • Your paper should include academic sources that explain multiple sides of the issue.
  • The evidence that you use should come from high-level researchers engaged in your field of study.
  • Your interpretations of the evidence should be objective and state the conclusions and theses presented in the evidence clearly and fairly.
  • Your paper should place the various forms of evidence in relation to one another and demonstrate why one form or perspective is stronger than the other positions that one could take on the issue.
  • Your paper should point out the limitations of current evidence and attempt to indicate areas for future research.

Ethical Outcomes of the Position You Take

After you have defined the problem and created an argument about how one ought to respond to the issue, you need to explain the ethical outcomes of the position you have taken. This should again be in relation to the field of study in which you are working. There might be different ethical outcomes that result from your analysis. For example, going back to the example issue above, from an economic standpoint, illegal immigrants might contribute positively to the economy of Northern Illinois in a specific number of ways. Thus, an economist who believes that positive impact to the economy is the greatest good would say that one should promote the use of illegal immigrants. However, because these workers are often paid less than others and eliminate jobs that could be done by residents of Chicago, there could be other negative ethical outcomes that would outweigh the positive impacts to the economy. It is your goal to draw out the ethical implications of your thesis and explain the underlying rationale that is the foundation for your claim that one action is better than another.

  • Critical thinkers are those who can outline the positive and negative ethical impacts of their positions. In addition, they are able to provide a rationale for why they believe a specific position is the right position, even when it leads to negative outcomes.
  • Critical thinkers are also able to be honest and objective about the limitations and gray areas that pertain to their theses.

Critical Essay on the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  • *The novel needed to be read for this assignment is The Road by Cormac McCarthy*
  • *The information below is the exact information my teacher provided me for this assignment *
  • *please include any rough work and research used*
  • ¨ You are going to write a critical essay that explores your novel through one of the several critical approaches we have studied in class
  • ¨This essay will incorporate research about/from one of the approaches
    • ¡ That means outside quotes from your own research AND quotes from your novel!


  • ¨Your research must be about/from your chosen critical approach.  In other words, you’re doing TWO things here:
    • ¡ 1: You’re partly doing a research essay on a critical approach or incorporating theories/aspects of your critical approach (i.e. You become that kind of theorist).  Choose one that interests you and you’d like to learn more about
    • ¡ 2: You’re applying that approach to your ISU novel. So you’re partly doing a literary essay in which you are exploring and analyzing the text
  • ¨ you are NOT finding outside quotes ABOUT your novel but you are getting to know more about the theory you have chosen and then you are applying it to our text on your own.
  • ¨ Minimum 12 PPAs! (Point, Proof, Analysis)
  • ¨ Yes, TWELVE. What?! This is your grade 12 final essay! You thought this would be easy? You thought this will be just as short/long as other essays you’ve written? You think you’re ready RIGHT NOW for university and that the essays you’ve written so far in English are university-level essays? THINK AGAIN!!! (about all of it!)
  • ¨ Minimum 6 quotations (PPA) from theory research and 6 quotations (PPA) from your novel
  • ¨ Divide these up any way that best fits your arguments (therefore, NOT NECESSARILY only 3 arguments and certainly NOT just 5 paragraphs (ie. no “hamburger” essays)
  • ¨ It’s grade 12—time to break out of the mould!
  • ¨ Easiest way to think of this essay is: provide a PPA from research and then demonstrate how that is reflected in the novel with your next PPA or vice-versa
  • ¨ Step 1: Background Research – do some research on a potential critical approach to get ideas for your thesis and overall essay
  • ¨ Step 2: Develop and write a thesis
    (properly-worded, formally-written)
  • ¨ Step 3: Write your arguments (minimum of 3, but potentially more, depending on how best to prove your thesis). Might be based on different characters, situations, themes, aspects of your theory, etc.)
  • ¨ Step 4: Research from within the novel (find quotations)
  • ¨
  • ¨ Step 5: Research for outside quotations
    (online and in library)
  • ¨ Step 6: Synthesize these quotes into cohesive arguments (i.e. an essay outline)
  • ¨ Step 7: Write the rough draft (several paragraphs long, must have intro and conclusion)
  • ¨ Step 8: Polish, edit, revise
  • ¨ Step 9: Peer Edit
  • ¨ Step 10: Final draft (requires further revision and polishing)
  • ¨ Step 11: Submit ALL hard copy materials (including research notes, outline, rough draft, etc.)
  • ¨For research you should be looking for:
    • ¡ Books and scholarly journals
      (including online or e-journals only)
  • ¨Your thesis statement must still be:
    • ¡ be succinct (1-2 sentences)
    • ¡ be arguable
    • ¡ be provable
    • ¡ be specific
    • ¡ avoid lists (don’t list what will be your arguments, that can go in your introduction)
    • ¡Include a critical theory (CT) as a focus
      • ¨ Your thesis does not necessarily need to mention the critical approach itself, but it should allude to and clearly argue the TRUTH from that one perspective.
    • ¨Make sure you still make reference back to your thesis in EVERY PPA, research OR text
      • ¡ This means your analysis for research blends with a point you’re making about the text
    • ¨ Your thesis should be the thread that runs throughout your ENTIRE essay
    • ¨ You should be proving it (or at least different parts of it) 12 different times in this essay!
    • ¨ The creative part of essays: how do you not make this sound repetitive?

Historical Fiction Evaluation

Read two historical fiction, two biographies, and two informational books for K to Age 8/Grade 3.
Write a 750-1,000-word evaluation that includes the following:

  1. Evaluation of each book based on the criteria in textbook;
  2. Description of how to use each genre in the classroom setting;  and
  3. Age appropriateness.

Metamorphoses and Rousseau's Confessions

This paper will be 8-10 pp. and will have a research component. You will need to consider two works (one from the Ancient or Medieval World and one from the Modern) and examine the ways in which you think they share a particular theme, paying close attention to differences in the way they treat this common thread and constructing an argument about why these differences are important to our understanding of the texts you chose. You will need to use at least 4 outside sources. These can be literary criticism of the works in question, general literary criticism, or works from some other discipline that are relevant to your argument

Develop the theme of rebelling against male oppression by analyzing the symbolism in Trifles or A Doll’s House. Make a connection between the two but just choose one to focus on

Please select the first Prompt. Develop the theme of rebelling against male oppression by analyzing the symbolism in Trifles or A Doll’s House. Make a connection between the two but just choose one to focus on. Please only cite from Trifles and a Dolls House. And mainly focus on Trifles or a Dolls House please.

Femininity in Thomas Hardy's Later Work

I require a thesis about the types of femininity present in Thomas Hardy’s later work (Jude the Obscure, The Well-Beloved), how the author constructs those women characters.
APA, 30 pages

Ibsen’s A Doll House

Topic: How does the play’s title A Doll House express the problems and questions playwright Ibsen poses to the audience of his play? Define your terms: use and cite dictionary definitions of the word doll and doll house? Who are the dolls and what is the doll house in Ibsen’s drama in the widest, deepest sense? Four pages long about Ibsen’s A Doll House

Tacitus and Augustus

Read pages 162-3 of this selection from the Silver Age historian Tacitus’s AnnalsPreview the documentView in a new window. In 2-4 detailed pages carefully analyze Tacitus’s characterization of Augustus, using material from throughout the entire two pages, from beginning to end. You should make sure to summarize your overall sense of the characterization with a thesis statement, and because I am asking you to notice precisely how Tacitus uses language, it’s a good idea to use as much direct quotation of Tacitus as possible.

Figurative language in Shakespeare's work

I need a writer who understands Shakespeare’s work. Talk about how figurative language manifests in Shakespeare’s work. Include text Quotations to support your arguments. Plagiarism no more than 10 percent<< Note that my professor receives the assignment through>>

Discuss Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess.”

Poets use applicable elements of fiction, just like prose authors. Some poems have characters, setting, symbols, style, conflict (plot), narrators, and imagery; some do not. These elements contribute to the discovery of the poem’s meaning (theme). Gale and Magill databases will assist in the content research for characters, setting, symbols, style, conflict (plot), narrators, imagery, and theme(s). REQUIREMENTS: Use middle style (mid-formal tone) and required essay structure. Using evidence from secondary source(s), formulate three topics, thesis, and specific support into a well-organized and developed essay. Please acknowledge your source(s) using MLA documentation (including Works Cited  Discuss Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess.”

A character sketch of Milton's Satan

Begin the body of your essay with a brief introduction to the selections in our text from Paradise Lost. Draw upon notes from your introduction, citing your editor(s) as the author. 2) Use short quotations worked into the text of your own analytical sentences to provide support for the paragraphs. You may also bring into the discussion any relevant outside information as long as you cite the source within your paragraphs. 3) Each topic sentence should be a claim that adds support to your thesis

The Fall of the House of Usher Essay

The Fall of the House of Usher

Create and write an essay or paper about any combination of the following questions about Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.”  You may write about one, two, or all of the questions. The choice is yours .Your work should be about 4-5 double-spaced pages in length. You should quote freely from the story and use any outside resources (if you wish) to prove your thesis.

  1. How does Poe use setting as a Gothic element in “The Fall of the House of Usher”?
  2. How do the physical descriptions of the house’s exterior relate to the characters’ states of mind?  to Roderick? to Madeline? To the Usher family?
  3. How does Poe portray family in “The Fall of the House of Usher”?
  4. In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Ushers,” can you recall any forms of stereotypically female characteristics that are attributed to Roderick and why Poe does this?
  5. How can we describe Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” as radiant and funereal at the same time?
  6. Describe the way in which Poe develops a sense of horror and fear in the tale.

The Short Story

Write about only one of the following stories.

Each of the following stories explores multiple themes. Themes, as you will recall from the lecture, are the ideas a writer explores in a story. Focus on one main theme, and show how this theme is explored or expressed in the story.

Since each story has more than one theme, you may have to leave out other important ideas. That’s okay: this is a short paper, and your focus needs to be sharp.

If you aren’t clear on what a theme is, reread Lecture 5, and feel free to ask me if you have any questions.


  • Be sure to state your thesis explicitly in the first paragraph of your paper.
  • Find some basic biographical information on the author’s life and career,and briefly summarize it in your essay. This should be no more than one paragraph, and is typically placed in the second paragraph, although you are free to use it anyplace in the paper where it is most effective.
  • Find one article in a database (or a chapter in a book) which discusses the same story you are writing about. Summarize the ideas in this article, and explain how it agrees or disagrees with your own interpretation of the story. You must use at least one quote from the article to support a point you are making.
  • Be sure to use direct quotes from the story to support your ideas. There is no required number of quotes you need to use; but for each point you make, find a specific example or direct quote to support it. Essays which don’t include direct quotes from the story cannot receive a grade higher than C.
  • You will be using the story, along with two outside sources: one biographical, one analytical. Be sure to include all three of these in your Works Cited list and use correct citation format.
  • Use correct MLA format and citation techniques in your essay and be sure to include a correctly formatted Works Cited list. Required length: 3-5 pages, or 750-1250 words.)

Comparing Ancient and Classical Art Paper

Choose one of the following pairs:

  • Cuneiform Writing in Sumeria and the Palette of Narmer
  • The Design and Making of Stonehenge and The Great Stupa at Sanchi
  • Euphronios Krater and the Funerary Vase

Watch both presentations for the pair you have selected.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that explains the similarities and the differences of these two works of visual art. Consider the cultural value of these two objects at the time they were created and the purpose they were intended to serve. What are the similarities? What are the differences? How do these works of art function in our culture in the present day?

Include the following:

  • A visual description of each artwork
  • The time period in which each work was created
  • The geographic region in which each work was created
  • The name of the artist, if known

Consider the following:

  • The cultural value of these two objects at the time they were created
  • The purpose they were intended to serve
  • Their similarities and their differences
  • How do the two works of art function in our culture in the present day?

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Engaging Children and Families using Storybooks


As you have learned, one way to involve families is to use storybooks. For this assignment you will first review the Harvard Family Research Project Storybook Corner and read the overview regarding the Family Involvement Network Project and the Family Involvement Storybook Project. Read Tomasito’s Mother Comes to School and the accompanying activities.

Choose a book from Harvard Family Research Project: Family Involvement Storybook Selections or from Reading is Fundamental: Multicultural Booklist.

Then, from the resources above and your readings from the text, create a lesson to engage children and their families. Your lesson should include the following elements and should be four-six pages in length not including the title and references page. You will need to include at least three credible sources, one of which must be your text. Use all three sources to cite your work and be sure to use correct APA formatting as per the Ashford Writing Center Guidelines.

  • Summarize the text in your own words.
  • Describe your rationale for choosing the book and state what you hope to accomplish by using it with your students and their families. Write a family letter about your chosen story book and invite families to attend school to take part in group activities related to the book.
  • Create at least five discussion questions to use with your students and their families.
  • Describe two different activities that can be completed by families and their children in the classroom. Be sure to cite your source(s) for these activities.
  • Describe one activity that can be completed by the family at home. Be sure to cite your source for this activity.
  • Create an evaluation form to solicit feedback from parents and students to assess the value of this program.



Select one of the following topic egyptian to write your mid term paper on. Your paper should be no less than 600 words (not including references) and demostrate research and critical thinking about the topic of choice.  Address why this art/architecture is important to ancient egyptian culture.

all material must be written in your own words, with proper APA citation for any , external sources that you use. Include at least one image and two research sources outside your text choices:








Infant’s Early Attempts at Communication

EDUC 2001 Cnt Review 2

Provide two or three examples of an infant’s early attempts at communication. Then describe how researchers assess early communication attempts.



  1. In your own words, describe the three stages of language development (prelinguistic, phonological, and semantic) and summarize the hallmarks and importance of each.

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  1. Describe the different ways language learners go about making connections between words and meaning. As part of your answer, describe the factors that can influence a young child’s vocabulary development.

Infant's Early Attempts at Communication

EDUC 2001 Cnt Review 2

Provide two or three examples of an infant’s early attempts at communication. Then describe how researchers assess early communication attempts.

  1. In your own words, describe the three stages of language development (prelinguistic, phonological, and semantic) and summarize the hallmarks and importance of each.

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  1. Describe the different ways language learners go about making connections between words and meaning. As part of your answer, describe the factors that can influence a young child’s vocabulary development.

Where and How the devil lost his poncho

Read the short story, answer 6 questions

Answer the following questions 2 separate ways for a total of 6

1.- What is the moral of Palma’s story? What is the importance of keeping alive the oral tradition?

2.- What is the meaning of the titile “The Aleph”?

3.- How many stories did you find in the story “The Aleph”

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“Where and How the devil lost his poncho” and “The Aleph”

At the end of the XIX century, the Romanticism was over and a new movement started. This period is called Costumbrismo. The authors during this time try to portray the culture, the society, the environment, the habits, etc. of the countries they were from. They though it was important to rescue the values, believes and oral stories that people did not use to write until that time. The love and pride for the country increased. These writers were trying to find and understand the meaning of being American. Remember that by this time, all countries had already proclaimed their independence from Spain and organized their government, but the problem of identity was still present. So they had to look into their roots and hold on to everything they were formed, so then they could understand the others.

Ricardo Palma (1833-1919) wrote Tradiciones Peruanas from 1875-1883. He was the director of the National Library in Peru. During that time he rescued all the historical documents that had been lost or burned during the war between Chile and his country, recovering with those documents the history and the culture of Peru. In his writings Ricardo uses and combines humor, satire, and suspense to tell the stories of the people of Peru. In the story we are going to read all of those elements are present, specially humor.

Some other writers from this time were Ruben Dario, Jose Marti, Manuel Gutierrez Najera, etc.


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Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is one of the most famous Latin American writers from the XX century. He was born in Argentina and his stories are difficult to read because of the complexity of the text. He uses different levels of writing, Borges plays not just with the language but also with the minds of the readers. The hero is not just the hero but he is also the murderer. There are different ways to get to a point, there is never just one, so the thinking process is always complex and never simple. He wrote poems, essays, short stories, and literary critics. Borge’s cosmovision shows a aseptic writer who dines to accept the absolute truth. Furthermore, he uses his own culture and extraordinary logical mind to make fun of anybody who depends from philosophical, scientific and mathematic systems when they explain something autonomous and inexplicable like reality. Borges sees the universe like a labyrinth or like the Babel library where it is absurd to try to find only one exit or only one book. And that is exactly what he uses in his writings.

21st Century Leadership

The 20th and 21st centuries have produced many business leaders, such as corporate giants like Jack Welch of GE, Daymond John of FUBU, Steve Jobs of Apple, and Herb Kelleher of Southwest. In addition, many hip-hop moguls have risen to prominence, such as Sean Combs, aka P Diddy, of Bad Boy Records; Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam; and Sean Carter, aka Jay Z, of Rock Nation.
Regardless of their business models and industries, organizational leaders are expected to create realistic visions for their companies and the people that they guide. However, such visions often result in vastly different leadership styles. Therefore, experts have concluded that there is no one best leadership style geared towards guiding employees and companies to accomplishing organizational goals.
Using the Internet and Strayer databases, research your favorite senior executive (CEO, CFO, COO, Director, President, Founder, etc.) from any organization that has made a strong impact on his or her industry (fashion, music, food, banking, technology, automotive, etc.).
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Describe the overall leadership style(s) of your chosen senior executive.
  2. Analyze the organizational structure and culture of the company your chosen executive has led, or is currently leading, and determine the company’s approach to human capital management and employee development. Next, explain whether or not you believe your chosen senior executive’s leadership approach has enhanced workplace productivity and the shared vision of the organization. Provide one to two (1-2) examples of your chosen senior executive’s actions to support your response.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of your selected leader’s performance, based on his or her ethical conduct and effective communication. Next, determine whether the chosen leader was successful in motivating and empowering his or her employees and gaining customer loyalty.
  4. Determine three (3) best practices that other organizational leaders can use in order to motivate employees and transform their company, based on practices that you believe made your chosen leader successful at his or her company and within his or her industry. Support your rationale with an explanation of the potential benefits that other business leaders may reap from your chosen best practices.
  5. Use at least five (5) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the multiple aspects of the managerial planning process and the application of various business- and corporate-level strategies.
  • Analyze the importance of ethical behavior to an organization’s culture and the new ethical dilemmas created by globalization.
  • Determine viable organizational structures by addressing the key considerations in organizational structure, applying the process of division of labor, and adapting basic structural formats.
  • Explain the principal theories of leadership and motivation, and describe the fundamental considerations in managing and motivating individual and group behavior.
  • Describe actions to improve communications, manage conflict, develop strong organizational culture, and improve the ethical behavior in organizations.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in management concepts.
  • Write clearly and concisely about management concepts using proper writing mechanics.

Romeo and Juliet Literary Essay

Graded Assignment
Romeo and Juliet Literary Essay
This document provides an overview of the tasks and a time line for completing this assignment.
Student Assignment Instructions
Respond to the following in the form of a literary essay. Your essay should consist of at least five paragraphs.
William Shakespeare incorporates a number of important themes into Romeo and Juliet. Some of the most prominent themes in the play address love’s power, the power of fate, the danger of haste, and the collision of opposites. Shakespeare conveys his message about these themes through the words of the characters, the events of the plot, and the various motifs that recur in the work. Choose one of the central themes of Romeo and Juliet and trace it throughout the play, explaining not only what message Shakespeare conveys but how he manages to convey it.
Cite specific examples from the play in your response. Use the notes you take in the Student Guide and the questions you answer as you read and complete the lessons to help you formulate your response.
You will hand in your completed response upon completion of this unit.
You should always use a process for your writing that includes planning and drafting. To complete this assignment, you will do the following:

  • Review the assignment instructions and grading criteria thoroughly. The writing assignment you complete in this unit will be graded against a rubric that assesses the essay in a number of categories. These categories focus both on the essay’s contents and its clarity.


  • Read the rubric on the last page of this document. Keep the criteria listed on the rubric in mind as you complete the writing assignment.
  • Remember to write in standard formal English and use the third person (no personal opinions) and the present tense.


  • Complete a plan for your essay.
  • Begin drafting your paper, using your plan as a guide.
  • Review and revise your first draft. You should try to have another person read your work and give you feedback as part of your revision process.
  • Write the final draft of your project. Be sure to follow these requirements and recommendations when completing your draft:

Open a new Microsoft Word document. Type your name, your teacher’s name, your school name, and the date at the top of your document. To help your teacher know from whom the project came, save the file as:
Example: HS_GEN4_S2_07_Romeo_and_Juliet_Literary_Essay_M_Smith.doc
Type your essay in the document you create.
Student Time Line
You will complete this project over the course of this unit.

Task Start Complete
Print and review assignment instructions. Lesson 4 Lesson 4
Read and take notes on the play. Lesson 1 Lesson 16
Begin drafting your essay. Lesson 16 Lesson 16
Complete writing and begin revisions. Lesson 17 Lesson 17
Submit final draft for a grade. Lesson 18 Lesson 18

Grading/Point Values
Assignment Point Value: 100
Required Length
Pages: 3–5
Word Count: 900–1,500
At their discretion, teachers may deduct 10 percent of the total score for submissions that do not meet the length requirement.

Literary Essay Grading Rubric Essays will be evaluated on the basis of the rubric below.
Criterion 4 3 2 1
Purpose The literary essay fulfills its purpose of analyzing a theme in Romeo and Juliet. This purpose is clearly articulated in a valid thesis statement. The purpose of this literary essay is not entirely clear. The essay provides some analysis of a theme in Romeo and Juliet, but there are significant gaps that leave the reader questioning. The thesis may not be entirely clear, or it may not state the purpose of the essay. The literary essay about Romeo and Juliet does not fulfill its purpose because it lacks significant analysis of a theme, or contains irrelevant information, or is mostly a summary of the play. The literary essay may have a thesis, but the thesis is not entirely clear, or it is not valid. This essay is not a literary essay about Romeo and Juliet. It does not contain an analysis of a theme. The essay does not have a thesis.
Ideas and Content The literary essay contains insightful analysis of a theme and examples of how Shakespeare conveys the theme through the words of the characters, the events of the plot, or the various motifs in the play. The writer explains the connections between the evidence and the thesis. The literary essay contains examples and analysis, but some points remain unsupported, or the writer does not make a convincing connection between evidence presented and conclusions drawn. It may not fully explore or explain the way in which characters, plot, or motifs help convey the theme. The essay may present more summary than analysis. The writer does not present clear examples and analysis of how the characters, plot, or motifs convey a theme. The writer does not use paraphrases, examples from the play, or quotations to support the analysis. The writer draws conclusions for which little or no evidence is offered, and the essay presents more summary than analysis. The writer makes statements about the theme but does not present evidence from the play. There is a lack of paraphrases, examples, and quotations to support the analysis of how the theme is conveyed by characters, plot, or motifs. The essay fails to show any insight into the play.
Structure and Organization The essay has a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. The essay presents a thesis in the introductory paragraph and ends with a concluding paragraph that summarizes the main points or restates the thesis. The body of the essay contains paragraphs that support the thesis. The essay consistently follows an organizational pattern such as order of importance. Transitions make meaningful connections between ideas and paragraphs. The essay has an introduction, body, and conclusion, but not all parts are well developed. The essay presents a thesis, but it may not be in the introductory paragraph, or the essay may have a concluding paragraph that does not restate the thesis. The body of the essay may contain irrelevant or tangential content. The essay sometimes follows an appropriate organizational pattern, but not consistently. Transitions are occasionally used. The essay may not have a clear introduction, body, or conclusion. The essay does not have a clear thesis that is identified in the introductory paragraph, or it may lack an introductory paragraph altogether. The conclusion, if present, does not restate the essay’s thesis. The essay does not follow a clear organizational pattern, and the writer tends to jump around. Minimal transitions are used. The essay does not have a clear introduction, body, or conclusion. The essay lacks a clear thesis and/or a clear conclusion. The structure of the literary essay is non-existent. The essay consists of only one long paragraph, or paragraph breaks seem random. There are no transitions between ideas.
Language and Word Choice The writer uses effective, compelling language to express key ideas. He or she considers purpose, audience, and tone in language and word choice. The essay uses present tense when referring to the play. It incorporates literary terms and contains no colloquialisms or slang expressions. The essay is written in the third-person point of view without first-person expressions of opinion, and it is written in a formal style. The writer’s language is occasionally compelling. The writer attempts to consider purpose, audience, and tone, but sometimes loses sight of one of these aspects and includes inappropriate wording. Few literary terms are used, and the writer sometimes incorporates slang or other informal language. The literary essay is not consistently objective, and third-person language sometimes lapses into first-person expressions of opinion. The essay lacks compelling language. The writer does not consider purpose, audience, or tone and uses inappropriate language or wording. Literary terms are not used, and the language is informal. The literary essay is not objective or is not written in the third-person point of view. The writer includes many first-person expressions of opinion. The essay’s language is often inappropriate. The writer does not consider purpose, audience, or tone. The literary essay may contain personal opinions, comments, and exclamations. The essay contains informal language, including slang and other inappropriate expressions.
Sentences and Mechanics Each sentence expresses a complete thought. Quotations within the essay contain the exact words from the play and are punctuated correctly. A citation for each quotation is included in parentheses. There are extremely few errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics, and those that exist do not impede understanding. Most sentences contain complete thoughts. Quotations from the play include the correct words, but they are sometimes not punctuated correctly. A citation for most quotations is included. There are few errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics, and they rarely interfere with a reader’s ability to understand. Sentences do not all contain complete thoughts. There are several unintentional fragments and run-ons. Quotations do not contain all of the correct words or are not punctuated correctly. Citations are rarely or never used. There are errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics that sometimes interfere with the reader’s ability to understand. Many sentences are incomplete, and it is difficult to recognize quotations from the play. There are no citations. Errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics make the essay difficult to understand.


RattelBone. A book we read

Irene’s relationship with Obadele is her first serious relationship. How does it end?
Why is Irene not allowed to compete in the state competition and what is Mrs. Welche’s solution to the dilemma?
How are the Quanders different from the people of Rattlebone?

Romeo and Juliet essay

Can you please help me with an essay in which the prompt is,”What theme was presennted throughout the book further past love.” It is due on Monday the 25 and I need ideas on how to write my essay. Thank you


For this assignment, you will construct a working thesis statement that defines in detail the conflict you will analyze, the two texts you will address from the List of Literary Works, and the literary devices you will apply to your final analysis. Review the Writing a Clear and Sound Thesis for a Literary Analysis for support.
The body of your paper, which will consist of 800 to 1000 words, is to be presented in four sections as detailed below.

  • Conflict
    • Identify the conflict in the two texts you have chosen.
    • Identify the similarities and differences in the representation of the conflict in the texts.
    • Identify three literary techniques and elements that help represent this conflict.
  • Literary Techniques in [Title of First Chosen Text]
    • Explain where and how you see the three literary techniques at work in your chosen first text.
    • Provide specific examples by quoting, paraphrasing, and/or summarizing.
    • Explain how the literary techniques/examples define and draw out this conflict.
  • Literary Techniques in [Title of Second Chosen Text]
    • Explain where and how you see the three literary techniques at work in your second chosen text.
    • Provide specific examples by quoting, paraphrasing, and/or summarizing.
    • Explain how the literary techniques define and draw out this conflict.
  • Similarities and Differences
    • Compare and contrast the manner in which the texts address the conflict.
    • Explain if they use different and/or similar literary techniques to articulate that conflict.
    • Explain the different and/or similar resolutions of each conflict and how those resolutions were reached.

Compile a working references list on a separate page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Keep in mind you are writing a literary analysis so please avoid supplying extensive summaries of the texts. Write a summary only when it aids you in describing a specific conflict and/or application of a literary device.
Assignment Requirements

  • Topic: Your draft must contain a working thesis that helps you to explore the topic. Your paper must address at least two of the texts (one of which must be a short story), a specific conflict, and at least three of the literary techniques as listed in the Week Five Literary Analysis guidelines.
  • Length: Your draft must be 800 to 1000 words in length, excluding the title and references pages.
  • Sources: Your draft must contain a working references page with two to four sources used to support your examples and findings.
  • Elements of Academic Writing: Your draft must contain clear transitions between sections.
  • APA: Your assignment must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    • Separate Title Page: Must include a separate title page that lists the following: an original title, your name, date of submission, and your instructor’s name.
    • Separate References Page: At the end of your paper, include a separate references page that lists all sources utilized for and cited within your analysis.
    • Proper Citations: All sources must be properly cited according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, both within the text of your paper and on the references page.

Ethnocentrism in Your United States

We discussed ethnocentrism briefly earlier in the quarter. Given what you have learned over the last five weeks, we’ll now write more broadly about this important topic. What is ethnocentrism? How can it be both positive and negative? Please share a story from your life in which you have either experienced or witnessed ethnocentrism.
This assignment will give you the opportunity to show your ability to think like a sociologist, using sociological theory to give validity to the content of your answer.

As you write on this topic make sure to follow APA formatting when using references and throughout the paper.