Part 3 : final project

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PART 3: PAPER.

This part of the final project is the paper that presents your description and analysis of your selected works.

In a 750-1200 word essay:

  • Introduce and explain the theme
  • Relate its worth to the Humanities
  • Describe each of selected example, citing sources
  • Use specific concepts from the course to explain how each of the selected examples relates to the theme. (Do not cite class material on concepts/tools).
  • Assess the effectiveness or impact of each representation utilizing additional research. In other words, how well did the representation present the concept? How effective was it in expressing the theme? What impact did this representation have? What specific elements of the representation lead you to your conclusions? Utilize class concepts and research to support your assessment. Cite relevant research in text.
  • Craft your submission in academic essay format — include an introduction and conclusion, develop ideas, transition between ideas, write in 3rd person voice, express ideas in well composed sentences, utilize relevant and accurate vocabulary.
  • Include at least one primary source (expression itself) for each of the 3 expressions and one additional critical source for each of the 3 expressions (minimum 6 sources total). Wikipedia, blogs, self published pages & free upload sites like youtube are NOT credible sources. (Youtube may be viable if it is displaying a published entity or supported by a published entity, eg. National Theatre videos on language in Shakespeare). Avoid notes sites (enotes, Sparknotes etc) and most .com sites (unless you are sure it meets higher ed level). Bypass dictionaries and most encyclopedias (unless subject specific) — these are too general for this level of learning. Also, do not cite general class sources for interpretive tools. Do cite relevant information specific to each example from your research. In doubt about sources? Ask a Librarian!
  • Provide proper citations for any references in MLA format.

Documentation Style: The paper is to be formatted and documented in the MLA. For general assistance, see the links below to the UMUC Library.

STOP: Before you hand in your assignment, make sure to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Have I included an introductory paragraph that clearly introduces the theme and provides well-stated reasons that this subject is worth exploring within the Humanities?
  2. For each example, have I clearly and concretely provide information about the cultural/historical context of the example and the creator?
  3. For each example, have I included several sentences that explain and apply specific interpretative tools towards the theme?
  4. For each example, have I included an assessment of the effectiveness of the example in representing the chosen theme utilizing additional resource(s)?
  5. Have I made sure to include an introduction, conclusion, well developed paragraphs and transitions? Is my writing academic caliber (3rd person, well crafted sentences, well chosen wording)?
  6. Have I utilized quality critical sources to better understand each of the expressions chosen?
  7. Have I provided a list of resources (including primary sources) and do all of my citations conform to MLA 8th edition guidelines? Have I included in text cites when referencing material from sources?
  8. Have I proofread this assignment for best academic writing, grammatical, structural, and spelling errors?

View this reminder in Announcements for additional advice.

Due Date for Part 3: This submission is due during Week 8, with the final day of submission being the Sunday of the eighth week (11:30pm ET). Please see the Course Schedule for the exact final due date for this submission. The submission should be carefully edited and proofed for academic use of English.