You will write a minimum 500-word researched essay on a short story incorporating the
1. an argumentative claim, supported by
2. three scholarly sources from the ProQuest database that are
3. properly introduced,
5. and cited
6. in proper argument format.
Step Two: Select a theoretical perspective from which to analyze
Critical theories inform almost every field of study. I have selected these particular
theories from the dozens available because you will encounter many of them again in
other courses, such as history, art, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and women’s and
Feminist / Gender Studies
Archetypal / Myth Criticism
You should develop an argumentative thesis statement, called a claim. The claim
should be shaped by the theoretical perspective that you have selected.
Step Four: Support your claim with research from the Literature
Resource Center Database.
You will be required to incorporate material from three scholarly articles, found in the
Literature Resource Center database, with your own ideas, and supporting details from
Step Five: Introduce and incorporate your paraphrased sources.
You will paraphrase your sources and introduce them properly. We will do some
practice paraphrase activities in this two-week unit and there will be a tutorial to help
you introduce sources and cite them properly
Step Six: Document your sources using MLA formatting.
As you include your research materials in the body of your essay, you will use correct
in-text documentation. You will also provide a works cited page for your sources. We
will use MLA formatting, the formatting style used for most humanities courses (English,
In the video explaining how to use the Literature Resource Center database, I include
information on how to use the database citation function. Remember to select MLA from
the formatting selection tabs.
Step Seven: Organize your essay in standard argument format.
Scholarly arguments generally have the following sections. The introduction,
background paragraph, and conclusion are presented in this order. The body
paragraphs, which include supporting and opposing/alternate views, can be arranged in
whatever strategy best suits your needs.
Section 2. Background paragraph that sets the claim in context (usually one paragraph).
For the purposes of this literature paper, you may include any information about time
period, type of literary theory you are using, or anything else that you think will help the
reader understand the work BEFORE you begin supporting your argument.
Sections 3 and 4. Body that includes your supporting views, the opposing or alternate
views, and the rebuttal of these views, can be arranged in many ways and can have as
many paragraphs as are needed.
Section Five. Conclusion (usually one paragraph)
Include a final separate paragraph that lets the reader know you have concluded your
argument. Please avoid the clichéd “In conclusion….”
Section Six. Works Cited Page
Your three sources should be in proper MLA order, alphabetized by author’s last name
with no numbers or bullet-points.