Papers should contain a clearly communicated, debatable thesis at the end of the first paragraph. The rest of the paper should be devoted to supporting and explaining this thesis and should use quotes and details from the literature and one source.
Analysis, not factual summary, should be the focus of the paper. For example, a summary of Mary Rowlandson�s Narrative is NOT appropriate. Instead, an essay comparing her depiction of American Indians to William Bradford�s IS appropriate. Students are welcome to discuss their topics with me.
In addition to referencing literature from the textbook, students are required to use one secondary source for each paper. This source must be scholarly in nature, from books or academic journals such as those offered via the library�s online database. Please do not use encyclopedias or websites.
Papers should consist of 6 pages: a cover page and 4 pages of text (the final page can be a partial page), and a works cited page. abstracts are not required
The Norton anthology of American Literature by Nina Baym 8th short ed. 2012 New York: WW Norton & Company
Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Self-Reliance,” p. 549-566
Henry David Thoreau: selections from Walden, starting with “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” p. 901-934
Margaret Fuller: all selections, p. 752-761