primary source: “The Norton Anthology American Literature” (shorter ninth edition) Begginings to 1865 (must use examples from this book) can also use secondary sources as well.
Write an essay of at least 1000 words on any one of the texts assigned prior to the paper due date. The emphasis should be on close reading and interpretive analysis of the work being discussed. Secondary sources are not required for this paper. If you decide to use them, you must document them in the MLA style. You may not use any fact, quotation, or idea from any other source without explicitly documenting it. Failure to properly document sources is plagiarism. You may not use any Internet sources at all without gaining prior approval.
Organize essays around a central idea, a thesis statement that makes a claim. The thesis should be explicit, reasonably debatable (don’t assert the obvious), provable (not so debatable that it’s absurd), and relevant to our understanding of the text. Position your thesis statement at the end of your introductory paragraph, and aim to prove your thesis statement throughout the body of your essay in terms of several major points, while demonstrating why your main point is relevant and how it helps us reach a greater understanding of the work in question.
Each body paragraph should have a clear topic sentence that directly relates to your thesis statement, and within each body paragraph, you should provide textual evidence (short quotes and examples) from your primary source to support what you have to say. Through close reading, you will demonstrate how this textual evidence helps you to prove your point. Avoid over-summarizing. Assume your audience is familiar with the story. Be sure to keep the reader oriented to your thesis throughout your essay, and note that it should be restated (more largely and perhaps in broader language) at the beginning of your conclusion. The most successful papers will be both well-shaped and fully developed. They will also come to a thoughtful conclusion.