Critical Analysis / Research Paper



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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD ENGLISH 9

Critical Analysis / Research Paper


While reading this book, you may encounter events, ideas, beliefs, lifestyles, and even a writing style that may seem new to you. Understanding these things will help increase your comprehension of the novel and to appreciate Harper Lee’s remarkable craft as a writer.

Choose one of the topic choices listed below. Then, research info about your chosen topic and literally explain your topic. Next, identify where your topic surfaces in the story. Finally, consider how your topic enhances the story. Your thesis will focus on how your chosen topic affects the story. For example, we will discuss in class how the rabies issue actually develops characterization, theme, and foreshadowing. Please take notes during this session.


Create a four-page, typed, and double-spaced paper using the attached guidelines. The paper must include proper parenthetical documentation and a Works Cited page with at least 3 works cited. One source will definitely be the novel.
This paper is due _______________ and will be valued at 100 points. Please see the attached outline for the essay checklist.


TOPIC CHOICES


Halloween

Knotholes in a tree Agoraphobia, a phobia

Missionary Work Ku Klux Klan

Great Depression Snowmen (Morphodite)

Jury system of the 1930s Being “a lady”

Radio Adolf Hitler

FDR’s New Deal Soap carvings

Rabies Plants of Alabama (camellia, geraniums, etc.)

Women in the 1930’s Insects (cooties, roly poly)

Southern Sayings/Idioms Southern cooking (scuppernongs, crackling bread

Education in the 1930’s Lane cake, pickled pigs knuckles, salt pork,etc.)




OBTAIN APPROVAL FIRST, IF YOU’D LIKE TO USE ANOTHER TOPIC.

Attachments include format info on:

Research Paper General Info

MLA Format for Works Cited – on sample format for in-text citation and entries



A Sample Works Cited Page

Essay Checklist (MUST BE COMPLETED & RETURNED WITH YOUR ESSAY)


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