ENGL311 ALL assignments - 2018

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Short Paper

Select a work we have read thus far in the term and analyze it, according to its genre or its historical or cultural context.

Possible Topics: (You are not limited to these. Feel free to create your own topic, but please check with your instructor first.)

  • Identify and discuss Dryden's contribution to the literary genre of the ode. You must include analysis of at least one of the odes we read during Week One.
  • Identify and discuss the place of The Spectator in the history of British journalism. Your paper should also reference the essays themselves. You might want to consider some or all of the following questions:
    1. What role did Addison and Steele play in the development of British journalism?
    2. For what are Addison and Steele most well known?
    3. Did Addison's and Steele's work influence any other writers and/or periodicals?
  • Examine how Addison's essay "On the Scale of Being" reflects eighteenth-century political, religious, and/or scientific thought. You must refer to the essay in developing your paper. You might want to consider some or all of the following questions:
    1. In what ways does Addison's essay reflect the compatibility of eighteenth-century ideas about science and religion?
    2. Which thinkers most influenced Addison?

Length: Three to four pages, double spaced, and typed in Times New Roman 12-point font.

Audience: Assume that your reader has read the literary work about which you are writing but has done no research on the historical, cultural, or generic context of the work.

Source Requirement: In addition to the literary work you are analyzing, use three to five outside sources appropriate for an academic paper.

Format:MLA 8th edition is required for this paper for formatting and documentation. For assistance with MLA formatting, see the UMUC's Library site: http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/mla_examples.cfm

This assignment is due by the end of the three week of class 

ENGL 311 Final Project

For your Final Project, you will compose a well-argued and well-supported letter convincing the curriculum committee that eighteenth-century literature is still relevant today. You will use MLA documentation to cite primary and secondary sources as you back up your argument with relevant examples.

This assignment will be completed and submitted in three parts. Please pay attention to the individual due dates for the three parts. They are noted in the separate folders for each part of the assignment.

Part One: Thesis Proposal

Submit a one- to three-sentence thesis statement and a one- to two-paragraph description of your plan for the paper. The thesis will make a strong statement about why eighteenth-century literature is relevant today.


  • You might argue that the political context of the eighteenth century has parallels to politics of today.
  • You might argue that the publications of the eighteenth century paved the way for the literary journals, newspapers, or publishing industry of today
  • You might argue that the emphasis on reason, order, balance, and rationality of several specific eighteenth-century writers would provide a useful model for today’s public discourse.

This assignment is due by the end of the four week of class on Sunday by 11:30 PM ET.

Part Two: Annotated Bibliography

In Step Two, you will present the result of your research: five sources that will be used in the project to demonstrate the thesis. Along with a properly formatted MLA 8th edition Works Cited citation for each source, the Annotated Bibliography will present an annotation of the source. See Course Resources for a template for the annotations.

Required Research: Five academic sources are required; at least three should be scholarly articles from the library’s databases. Two online resources can be included, but they must have been vetted for credibility. See the UMUC Library’s help on “Is My Source Credible?” http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/credibility.cfm

Dictionaries and encyclopedias do not count as academic research sources for this project. A relevant YouTube clip may be included as one of the Internet sources, provided it has been vetted for credibility.

At the top of the first page, please include a working thesis for the project, so that the professor can help you to gauge the appropriateness of the sources chosen for your project's focus.

Creating the Annotated Bibliography:

1. The annotation of each source should provide a brief summary of the source. What is the source about?

2. It should also include an assessment of the source. What is the source's greatest strength in relation to your project's focus?

3. Finally, it should contain a reflection on how the writer plans to use the source in the upcoming project. What role will the source play in your project? What is its applicability to your research?

Each annotation (excluding the MLA citation information) should be between 100 and 200 words.

General assistance with annotated bibliographies and MLA citations can be found on the UMUC website at the below links.

Deliverable for Step Two: A completed Annotated Bibliography. In your assignment folder, you will submit an Annotated Bibliography that contains five scholarly sources that meet the above requirements. The Annotated Bibliography should be formatted in the 8th edition of MLA style. The submission should be carefully edited and proofread for standard use of English.

This assignment is due by the end of the sixth week of class on Sunday by 11:30 PM ET.

Part Three: Letter to Curriculum Committee

You have previously chosen a topic for your final project as well as done research for it (through the Annotated Bibliography).

In the letter, you must state your thesis and then support your argument with material from secondary sources (taken from your Annotated Bibliography) as well as the literary text(s) you selected.

For documentation of sources, the letter should follow MLA guidelines for formatting and citation. A Works Cited page is required. For assistance with MLA formatting, see the UMUC's Library site: http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/mla_examples.cfm

This assignment is due by the end of the eighth week of class on Sunday by 11:30 PM ET.

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