This Guide has been developed to assist you in writing your paper. A copy of the assignment specifics can be found in the boxes down below.
Note that the Research Argument Guidelines and the Annotated Bibliography Guidelines also appear on this page as downloadable .pdf's.
Research Argument Guidelines
An argument is defined as, “an address or composition intended to convince or persuade” (Dictionary.com). Arthur Miller’s The Crucible acts as a catalyst to instigate awareness about issues that are reflective of the culture at the time and relevant in today’s society. Therefore, you must examine one controversial point discussed in the play and persuasively argue your position about this particular social, political, gender, or psychological issue presented in The Crucible. In other words, how Miller’s characters and his own life expose the social issues of the twentieth century that instigated awareness to the masses? Furthermore, how is the specific issue relevant in today’s culture?
You must use 6 secondary sources in your paper to further convince your audience (myself) of your specific claim. Here are seven topics you may choose from to persuasively argue:
Draft Due: THURSDAY, APRIL 12TH — AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS
Revision Due: THURSDAY, APRIL 26th — AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS
*Due Dates to keep in mind for Research Argument:
*Dates can be subject to change; however, this will be indicated in advance by the professor
Annotated Bibliography Guidelines
An annotated bibliography is a list of secondary sources—journal articles, books, electronic sources—that goes into detail about the specific source and its relevancy for your argument. An annotation should be about two full paragraphs in which you first discuss the author’s overall point followed by how relevant the source is for your research argument. For this annotated bibliography, you must choose A MINIMUM of 10 secondary sources that pertain to your research argument. Remember, choose sources that elaborate on the social, political, religious or gender issues that were evident in the text The Crucible. The school’s databases will be extremely helpful in collecting research for your paper. LexisNexis, ProQuest, Academic Search Premier, SocioINDEX with Full Text, as well as the Literature Databases are all excellent and credible databases to begin performing research. Furthermore, make sure to look at the library’s online card catalog for any possible books or criticisms to help support your topic. Make sure to be as detailed as possible because these secondary sources will assist you when you are writing your research argument. For any further questions, please consult your professor.
Due Date: TUESDAY, APRIL 3RD— AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS