It will be your job to create a logical argument, using the rhetorical techniques you have learned so far in class, to support or refute your chosen American conspiracy theory, mystery, myth or urban legend.
The Junior English research paper is a synthesis of ideas obtained through in-depth reading/study on an approved myth or legend. The information gleaned from the research will be fused into a well-organized, carefully crafted paper, using internal documentation to verify the source of each piece of information. The MLA Handbook is the authority on form.
The final paper is 3-5 pages.
2. Consider the availability of sources for your topic. Some topics might be more difficult than others to research merely based on the availability of sources.
3. Focus your topic. Many of the topics listed are too broad for the project assigned. Therefore, you have to consider narrowing your focus of the topic. Think about what aspect of your topic could be researched. Sometimes the research process will accomplish this task for you.
The following are some suggested topics for this assignment. It is your responsibility to carefully consider each topic and anticipate any difficulties in locating sources for this project. Please make an educated choice in an area that you have interest in studying.
Walt Disney Cryogenically Frozen Lost Dutchman Mine
Bigfoot Hudson River Monster
What really happened in Salem? Was James Dean’s car cursed?
George Washington and the Cherry Tree Marilyn Monroe killed by the Kennedys
Area 51 The Curse of the Hope Diamond
Pecos Bill The Curse of the Winchester’s- Winchester Mystery House
Area 51/ Antigravity La Llorona
Roswell Crash ESP
Death of Marilyn Monroe Bigfoot
Assasinations of: Aurora Texas UFO crash- 1847
JFK Lights Over Phoenix
Bear Lake Monster- Utah Crop Circles
Organ Theft Skinwalker
Is Elvis Dead? The Bilderbergs
Men in Black Hauntings- Are they valid? You must choose a
Freemason Society (Knights Templar) specific haunted place to research for this one.
The Holy Grail
Jersey Devil For more ideas:
The Chupacabra http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/myths-legends/
Reverse engineering of alien technology
Montauk/ Philadelphia Experiment
CIA Psychic Research and Remote Viewing
Skull and Bones Society
Prison Planet- Electronic Monitoring Chips
Government Monitoring (Internet, phone, Library Books, etc..)
Doomsday/ End of the world
Hidden Symbols on the dollar bill
Student Name: ________________________________________Period: ___________
Your son/daughter is required to complete an American Studies research paper. There are a number of steps we will complete both in and out of class towards this paper and the FINAL paper will be due to me on Monday
, November 26, 2012. Below you will find the deadlines for each section of this project. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My Topic Is: ____________________________________________________
1. Parent Signature Due: 10/22 _________HW
2. Topic Choice Due: 10/22 _________HW
3. Annotated Sources Due: 10/29 _________MP
4. Working Thesis Statement/ Outline Due: 10/29 _________MP
5. Works Cited Draft 1 Due: 11/5 _________HW
6. Argumentation Final Essay (turnitin.com) Due: 11/26 _________MP
7. Speech Presentation/ Outline Due: 12/3 _________MP
I will help your son/daughter with each step and will be available via email to answer questions along the way.
I understand that my son/daughter is required to complete a Junior English Research Paper. I have approved their choice of topic .Due to the importance of this project and the high number of points, I will attempt to encourage my child to complete this project in a timely manner. I also understand that if the final essay and works cited are not completed and handed in by November 26th that my son/daughter will receive no credit for the these portions of the assignment. I understand that plagiarism results in a referral and a zero on the assignment. Last, I am aware that if my son/daughter does not submit the final draft to turnitin.com that he or she will not receive any credit on the final draft. I also understand the penalties accrue daily (not per day we have class—excluding weekends). If I have any questions I understand I can email Mrs. Varela at email@example.com
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Parent/Guardian Name Signature Date
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Student Printed Name Signature Date