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    Assignment: Write a 3-page research paper on a poem, short story or play found in our textbook.*

     

    You will need about a half dozen 4" x 6" note cards; 3" x 5" are not allowed.

     

    1.     Find a critical source that comments on the genre, major feature or category of literature to which your literary text belongs (for example, Shakespearean sonnet, British literature, Romantic poetry, twentieth century colonial literature).

     

    2.     On an index card, write down the exact wording (contents) of the critical comment. Be sure to put the comment in quotation marks. Include all the necessary publication information that will go on your Works Cited page.

     

    3.     On the same index card, skip a line or two, or some visible amount of space, and write a paraphrase of the quotation in your own words.

     

    4.     On the same index card, respond or note whether this critic's comment applies to the literary text you are analyzing or whether the work is an exception to the comment. Note any insight the comment provides in interpreting your literary text or any thoughts that the critic's comment brings to mind about the work you are analyzing.

     


    We will call this method of note taking the CPR Method: Contents, Paraphrase and Response.

     

    5.     Find a critical source that makes a comment about the author or about his or her body of work that you are analyzing.

     

    6.     On an index card, write down the exact wording (contents) of the critical comment in quotation marks.Include all the necessary publication information that will go on your Works Cited page.

     

    7.     On the same index card, skip a line or two or some visible amount of space and paraphrase the quotation in your own words.

    8.     On the same index card,  respond or note whether this critic's comment applies to the literary text you are analyzing or whether the work is an exception to the comment. Note any insight the comment provides in  interpreting your literary text. Add any thoughts that the critic's comment bring to mind about the work you are analyzing.

     

    9.     Find a critical source that makes a comment about the theme or abstract topic of the literary text you are analyzing.

    10.  On an index card, write down the exact wording (contents) of the critical comment. Be sure to put the comment in quotation marks. Include all the necessary publication information that will goon your Works Cited page.

     

    11.  On the same index card, skip a line or two, or some visible amount of space, and paraphrase the quotation in your own words.

     

    12.   On the same index card,  respond or note whether the abstract topic or theme the critic identifies is different from what you have found in the literary text. Note any insight the comment provides in interpreting your literary text. Add any thoughts that the critic's comment bring to mind about the work you are analyzing.

     

    13.   Find two critical sources that makes a significant comment on or about the poem, play or short story you are analyzing.   For each one, on an index card, write down the exact wording (contents) of the critical comment in quotation marks. Include all the necessary publication information that will go on your Works Cited page.

     

    14.   On the same index card for each one, skip a line or two, or some visible amount of space, and paraphrase the quotation in your own words.
     

    15.   On the same index card for each one, respond positively or negatively to each critic's comment. Note any insight the comment provides in interpreting your literary text or any thoughts each comment inspires or conjures up.

     

    16.   Write the introductory paragraph—include the author, text, abstract topic, thesis statement and a reference to one of the critical sources quoted in your previous answers.

     

    17.  Write the analytical paragraphs to your essay, including references to your literary text and the critical sources you have quoted. Include claims, evidence and analysis.

     

    18.  Write the conclusion to your essay, including summary, any acknowledgement of limitation, and the new possibility.

     

    19.  Write the Works Cited page.

     

    20.  Review your essay for correct MLA formatting and submit to turnitin.com

     

    21.  Due: ____________. Turn in essay without a folder, stapled in upper left-hand corner, with the turnitin.com receipt after the Works Cited page.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *adapted from a Canadian college writing primer