Your Task: [Interpretive Response Essay] This essay is not just about learning more about Lord of the Flies and its connection to the world both historically and in the present; it is also about learning the process of writing a research paper. Therefore, be aware that the steps we take to get to the final product are just as important as the final product itself. You will earn daily grades for steps of the research process along the way. All steps must be completed in order for the final essay to be accepted.
• Length of paper: 2.5-3 pages (not including the Works Cited Page), typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, with one inch margins on all sides.
• MLA formatted heading on first page only, header with last name and page number on all pages (please see sample paper online)
• Sources: All students will use Lord of the Flies as a source. You must also use TWO other sources. Since there is plenty of information via the databases, websites are not allowed for this essay. Please feel free to use any books provided by the library as well. One source will cover history, and the other will cover your modern day connection. You may not have more than FOUR total sources in your essay.
• Quotes: You must have quotes from both sources, as well as from Lord of the Flies. No quote should be more than 10 words long.
• Citations: You must cite ALL your sources – either through signal phrases or parenthetical citations – even when paraphrasing. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism, and points will be deducted from your assignment. We will discuss and practice proper citations in class.
Due Dates: Monday, February 13th Printed copies of sources and your notes (Two printed sources plus Lord of the Flies) AND Annotated Bibliography Daily Grade (Example and Rubric Online)
Thursday, February 16thOutline Daily Grade (Example and Rubric Online) –Conference Day
Wednesday, February 22nd Rough draft #1 with Works Cited ½ Daily Grade (Self-Edit Day)
Thursday, March 2nd Rough draft #2 with Works Cited ½ Daily Grade (Peer-Edit Day)
Friday, March 10th Final draft (Major Grade)
Structure of the Essay: Your essay should follow the structure below, answering the questions posed in each section. Each numbered section will be one or two paragraphs in your essay. (This means that your essay will have a minimum of 5 paragraphs.)
Introduction—Thesis is your last sentence. (5 sentences)
LOF—Where is this theme found in the LOF? Use specific examples in the work that match what happened in history/current. (7-8 sentences)
History/Current—Where is this theme found in your research on Historical or Current Event/Person/People? (7-8 sentences)
LOF & History/Current—Make the connection between LOF and your research. What are the similarities? Differences? (7-8 sentences)
Conclusion—Comment on Golding’s purpose. (5 sentences)
No Plagiarism – Do not copy from any source material without proper documentation. Do not paraphrase information that would not be common knowledge without proper documentation. Do not copy from another person’s paper. If you quote directly from a source, make sure that you use quotation marks around that material. If there is any evidence of plagiarism, it will be considered scholastic dishonesty, and you will receive grade penalties and subsequent discipline. Please see the class syllabus for further definitions of plagiarism.
This is an individual assignment - no partners or groups. While some students may have the same topic, ideas/textual evidence/quotes/paraphrasing/sources should vary from paper to paper.
Paper Submission- Your completed paper and works cited page must be submitted to Turnitin.com by 11:59PM on the due date in one document. It would be best for you to upload a PDF copy of your assignment in order to ensure that formatting does not get messed up. If it is not submitted on time, the paper will be considered late. There will be a checklist provided before the final due date.
Stage 1 – Gathering Information
Annotated Bibliography with Thesis Statement Due Date: Monday, February 13th Read information on your topic.
Make copies of the sources you wish to use. Highlight sections you are going to use.
Reflect on all your information. Decide what your thesis will be and what information you have to support that thesis. If you find you do not have enough information, return to steps 1 and 2 above and gather more information.
For your thesis, remember that it will be a limited subject and a statement of opinion. Since the thesis is the basis of all your paper, make sure that it is broad enough and supported by your evidence. But make sure that it is limited enough that the subject can be covered well in 2-3 pages. Avoid three point thesis statements. Thesis statements should feature the theme, LOF, and your research component since all of these items are covered in your paper. Your teacher will be happy to help you write your thesis statement! It will guide the rest of your essay, so it is very important.
Write an Annotated Bibliography. (This will become your Works Cited page, so adhere to all rules for documenting your sources.) Then summarize the information you are using from each source. Be sure to comment on why you know this is a valid, reliable source. Make sure the annotated sources are alphabetized according to the first word on the MLA citation. Type the Annotated Bibliography. Turn in this along with your thesis statement on date due. Put all copies of articles, books, etc. on one side of folder and the annotated bibliography and thesis statement on the other side when submitting your final draft.
Stage 2 – Outlining
Outline with Thesis Statement Due Date: Thursday, February 16th
Organize the information you highlighted from your three (or more) sources into topics. Decide what topics you will discuss in your paper. Decide what order you will discuss them.
You may use a topic outline or sentence outline. See example. A topic outlineis made up of phrases (no sentences except for thesis); a sentence outline is made up of all sentences.
Remember – Roman numerals are your main topics (must have at least 5 because you’ll have at least 5 paragraphs in your essay). Capital letters under Roman numerals are subtopics under the main topics (your evidence). No A without at least a B. Under each capital letter, you may have numbers that further divide each subtopic. No number 1 without at least a 2.
This outline might change somewhat as you write the paper, but it will be the basic skeleton of your paper.
Stage 3 – Drafting
Rough Draft #1 and Works Cited Due Date:Wednesday, February 22nd
Rough Draft #2 and Works Cited Due Date: Thursday, March 2nd Create a completed draft of your essay. Use MLA formatted heading, a creative title.
Delete the information from your annotated bibliography to make a final works cited page.
Make sure that you have parenthetical documentation for all information from your three sources (you need at least one from each source) is correct.
If you made any changes to sources (added or deleted), make sure to change your Works Cited page.
Bring a paper copy to class on Wednesday, February 22nd for a self-edit.
Bring a NEW paper copy to class on Thursday, March 2nd for a peer-edit.
Stage 4 – Final Draft Date Due: Friday, March 10th Revise your peer edited draft. Make sure that all changes noted by peer editors are made.
Proofread your own paper and Works Cited page.
Save your final draft separately. Upload your final draft to Turnitin.com. by 11:59PM CST on Friday.
Put final draft with Works Cited (your paper copy) and your 1st and 2nd drafts on the left side of the folder.
Put annotated bibliographies, outlines, and sources with information used in the paper highlighted on the other side of your folder.
Topics- The following is a list of potential topics for your essay. The best research starts with questions. When choosing a topic, you do not have to answer all of the questions associated with it. These are simply a starting point. Each topic has some sort of thematic tie to Lord of the Flies. If you are interested in an idea that is not on this list and relates somehow to LOTF, please see your teacher. She will help you decide if it is a viable topic for research. Human nature: What is human nature really like? Is William Golding’s belief that we’re all inherently evil and savage correct? Where in history and/or current events have we seen examples of the best and worst of human nature? Other possible connections: the Stanford Experiment, Milgram Experiment, Bystander Effect/Apathy, Sherif’s Robbers Cave Experiment, cognitive dissonance, and other social/behavioral experiments
Moral dilemmas: What are some moral dilemmas that plague the boys in LOTF that also affect our society? Other possible connections: foreign involvement in international disputes/humanitarian crises, What Would You Do (TV show and similar situations)
Mob mentality: What are some examples of mob mentality or group think in the novel and in our society? Is it dangerous? Can it be a good thing? Other possible connections: Salem Witch Trials, high school cliques, hazing/discrimination in sororities and fraternities, cults, actual mobs and/or gangs, etc.
Power struggles: How do power struggles affect the novel? What are some important power struggles we’ve seen in history and/or current events? What were or could be the outcomes? Other possible connections: wars, politics of today, family dynamics, etc.
Obedience to authority: How do rules and authority change throughout the novel? Why are most people obedient to authority while others are not? Should we always be obedient to our authority figures? What would happen if society decided not to obey laws and authority? Other possible connections: school administration and students, police/civilian struggles, etc.
Man’s destruction of nature: What is William Golding saying about man’s relationship with nature? How do the boys treat the island? Is there evidence in the past or today about our destruction of nature? Other possible connections: global warming, controversial oil drilling, water pollution, air pollution, etc.
The importance of appearance: How do the boys’ physical attributes define their roles on the island? Does our society place a lot of importance on appearance? Is physical appearance more or less important than it was in past generations? Other possible connections: sexism, racism, ageism, plastic surgery, eating disorders, etc.
Good vs. Evil: The boys struggle with the evil inside of themselves. What eventually wins – good or evil? Which do we see more prevalently in our society – good or evil? Was the past more peaceful or more sinister than today’s world?