Develop an essay of 1,000-1,200 words. Please submit your essay to the assignment section of the course. This assignment is worth 20% of your final grade. There are no revisions of essays accepted.
In this course, we have discussed British literary history and the progression of trends in British literature. Give a brief description of one of the trends we have discussed in the class, with a brief explanation of the characteristics of the trend. You may want to touch on the social, political, historical or cultural issues that influenced this trend. Then provide at least one example of a piece of British literature we have read in this course from this period with a well-developed analysis identifying why the selected piece is a good representation of the trend. Note: "Modernism" is an example of what is meant by a "literary trend" in this question.
Checklist for Essays - Please Observe the Following
There will be penalties for each of the items below that is missing or incorporated incorrectly into essays:
Thesis Statement: Your essay must have a thesis statement. Since the reader is familiar with the story, summary is unnecessary.
Rather than tell your reader what happened, tell him or her what specific point you are making about the story. See the attached Powerpoint “How to Write a Thesis Statement” for help with this.
Organization: Your essay must be well-organized, with an intro paragraph that includes a thesis statement, body paragraphs, each organized around a main focus along with specific examples from the text that relate back to and “prove” the thesis statement, and a conclusion. See the attached handout “How to Write an Essay” for help with this.
Format your essay according to MLA style guidelines.
There is no cover page in MLA formatting, just the standard 4-line heading on page one, a title centered at the top, and double-spacing consistently throughout. See a sample here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/13/
Use Italics for titles of longer works like novels and films and use “quotation marks” for titles of shorter works like poems, short stories and essays.
Write your essay in third person objective voice.
This means avoiding use of first person (I, we, me, us) and second person (you). This is standard practice for academic, college-level writing that lends more credibility to your writing.
Take great care to avoid plagiarism by citing all information included in your essay that is not considered common knowledge to the general public. It is best to use a signal phrase that names your source up front and then include a direct quote that shows exactly which words and phrasing is borrowed (for example, "According to Jane Jones, "and then add a direct quote", followed by a citation (Jones 23). Always include a Works Cited page with a listing for any source included and cited in your essay.
Turnitin.com - The 80/20% Rule
When you submit your essay for grading, it is automatically submitted to Turnitin.com, which generates a similarity report showing all of the borrowed information included in your essay. In addition to needing citations for all borrowed information included, students should also aim for an 80/20% split, with 80% of the words and ideas being their own and 20% coming from direct quotes from the literature or secondary sources writing about the story. Having a similarity report that goes much above 20% is considered more of a cut and paste job rather than a critical essay and will reflect in the grade earned.