2000 words 6 full double spaced page 
research paper 4 sources at least, 2 from physical book at least
argument thesis below 

Walt whitman drum taps is microcosm of the civil warEnglish 209 Research Essay Assignment Sheet Crawford 1

Research Essay Assignment Sheet:

Length: 2000 words (i.e., about 6 full double-spaced pages minimum. A paper less than 5

complete, double spaced pages may be penalized for not meeting the assignment-length

requirements. Papers longer than 10 pages are not recommended). This word count excludes the

Research Proposal and Annotated Bibliography.

Total Final Grade weight: Research Proposal and Annotated Bibliography 15%, Final

Research essay 35%.

Due Dates:

Thursday, September 1: Topics assigned in class.

Friday, September 30: Parts 1 and 2: Research Proposal and Annotated Bibliography:

Part 1: Craft an argumentative thesis statement and then construct an outline for your research

essay. See below for details on what constitutes an argumentative thesis. 100 word minimum.

Part 2: The annotated bibliography should include a minimum of 4 academic sources located

through the library and/or the library’s website. Please note that at least 2 of these sources must

be physical books that you check out of the library (i.e., Gorgas). Do not use resources designed

for children and/or young adults (this includes all items located at McLure library). Do not use

sources found through non-academic search engines (e.g., Google). If you are unsure of the

suitability of the source, please consult me. 400 word minimum for all of the annotations (with

an 80-word minimum for each entry).

For both parts the minimum word count is 500 words for Part 1 and Part 2 together.

Friday, November 11: Part 3: Final Research Essay:

You will write one literary research essay in which you combine your own reading of a text or

texts which we have covered in class with research from at least 4 academic resources, at

minimum 2 of which must be physical books that you check out from the library. An

argumentative thesis is required for this essay, based on the topic assigned to you in class. Word

count: 2,000 words.

The Rubric used to grade both parts of this project is provided at the end of this document.

What this assignment is: Based on your assigned topic you will write one research essay

exploring one or more of the texts we covered this semester. You may read ahead to research a

text or assigned topic that we have not yet covered. You must only write your research essay on

that specific topic.

In this essay you are required to write a literary analysis Research Essay with an argumentative

thesis statement. You will then support the claim of your argumentative thesis statement with a

combination of close reading and scholarly academic research that supports your argumentative

English 209 Research Essay Assignment Sheet Crawford 2

thesis statement. You will make claims that support your argumentative thesis and then provide

support for those claims based on your own un

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