Your essays should be in MLA Style and be approximately 950-1,250 words in length, not including the Work(s) Cited page. Include two separate direct quotes or lines from your literary selection in order to better illustrate and support your argument, along with citations and a list of works cited. As with most academic writing, this essay should be written in third person. Please avoid both first person (I, we, our, etc.) and second person (you, your).
Please note, no revisions of essays are accepted. Once an essay is graded, the grade is final.
Note: Lately, students have been submitting papers that are mostly book reports about the author’s lives and literature reviews, which give a summary of some of the author’s notable works. This is not acceptable. Your task is to write an analysis, which includes a thesis statement making a specific point about the literature itself. The focus of your paper must be on the literature. Also, when including biographical information about an author, you must provide a citation with the name of the source where you found the information. To include any information that is not considered “common knowledge” without a citation is considered plagiarism, which depending on the severity of the offense will result in either heavy penalties to your grade or a zero for the assignment. When in doubt, always cite your sources. See the Purdue Owl for more information about what information to cite: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/02/
Discuss the literary work(s) of one author from our course reading list that you believe had the most significant influence on American literary history. Please be sure to maintain third person perspective and focus your discussion on the literature, including several direct quotes from the literary work you are discussing (be mindful not to write a literature review, which merely offers an overview or summary of each of the author’s works, or worse, a book report about the author’s life).
Author to write about: Mark Twain
Should you choose to use outside references for prompt one or two, these must be scholarly, peer-reviewed sources obtained via the APUS library (select Advanced Search and check the Peer Reviewed box). Reliable open web sources may be used for prompt three. In other words, sites like Shmoop, Sparknotes and Wikipedia are not considered to be credible sources for academic assignments and should not be used.
Be careful that you don’t create a “cut and paste” paper of information from your various sources. Your ideas are to be new and freshly constructed. Also, take great care not to plagiarize.
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Please be sure to submit your assignment to the assignment section of the course.
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