Interdisciplinary Research Paper Assignment, rubric, and sample draft
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The research paper is due by Sunday week 8 at 11:59 PM (ET). However, the topic, summary, thesis, and informal content outline are due prior to Thursday of week 6 at 11:59 PM (ET)
Please see Sample Research Paper Topic, Thesis and Outline for an example of this week’s assignment, and submit your assignment through Submit Research Paper Topic, Thesis, and Outline.
Research Paper Assignment
For this assignment, you will need to select a work (either literature or a full-length film) that we will not be covering in class. Your job will be to use the film to explore, through research, a broader social or historical issue that it brings up. Regardless of how you put the story in context, you want to develop your own clear idea (thesis) and support it in a thorough essay. The thesis statement for your essay will need to be submitted by Sunday of Week 6. Secondary research is expected (you need to use a minimum of at least three reliable, credible, college-level sources.) The essay should be a minimum of 5 pages. MLA must be used to format the essay and for documenting your sources. Remember the golden rule: “If you use a source (quote, paraphrase, or summarize), you must cite it in your essay and then provide the full citation in a Works Cited page.”
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By week 6, hopefully you have a topic and are on your way. I introduce the assignment here, so you can think about a potential topic that interests you and submit the topic, summary, thesis, and informal content outline are due prior to THURSDAY of week 6 at 11:59 PM (ET). In the appropriate week (Week 6), please see Sample Research Paper Topic, Thesis and Outline for an example, and submit your assignment through Submit Research Paper Topic, Thesis, and Outline.
The final paper is not due until week 8.
More details about the assignment follow:
This term, we see how sports stories can connect to historical moments and sociological concepts. Greek philosophical ideas help us understand the idea of the hero. The history of civil rights in the U.S. helps us understand the film 42. Gender issues surface in Dare to Dream. There is always a context for our stories. Sometimes it is spelled out in the story, and sometimes there are aspects that are not explicitly considered. For this assignment, you will be exploring an idea that reaches a sports story beyond the bounds of the details of the story.
For example, A League of Their Own is a film that uses sports to reveal how women’s societal roles were changing, in great part due to World War II. A paper using this context as the basis for the research paper would have a thesis something like: A League of Their Own is much more than a movie about the first women’s professional baseball team; it also tells the story of the changing roles of women in US society during World War II. In a paper with this as a thesis, research about the roles of women in the US during World War II would be presented and documented according to MLA format.
The final paper is due week 8.
Sample Research Paper Topic, Thesis and Outline
This is a topic that considers some of the cultural/historical norms of the time period depicted in the film Hoosiers. Please note that the outline clearly indicates topics and/or subjects that will be RESEARCHED. Your outline should clearly indicate the same!