Module 6: Beginning the Documented Essay: Topic and Expectations
Documented Essay Assignment and Topic
We are ready to begin working on our research essay although it is not due for another week or more. We will all use the same topic, a simple one that is focused on explaining Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Paramo, when it was written, what it is about, its influence on Latin American Literature. I suggest that you start with simple research about Pedro Paramo.
As you prepare this essay please beware that you must include and quote three to five outside sources, use the MLA format, and in the process of the paper explain Pedro Paramo, its origins, intentions, and influences. If you have any questions, please email me immediately.
We are doing the same topic for a variety of reasons, the first being, I do not want something purchased from a cheating site like Course Hero. When our software reveals that you have done that, you are no longer a member of this class. You will receive an unconditional and final F in the class, no discussion, no appeal.
I made the topic very simple, so if you have never written a documented essay, you will still have no trouble. You can use as few as three sources, as I say above, and we have been working the whole term on the format, except we now will deploy several quotations and certainly a works cited page.
We are starting in Module 6 so that you may begin to gather some sources to quote, begin an Annotated Bibliography, and get started–with plenty of time to ask all the questions you want to ask.
Why don’t you start with a search of Juan Rulfo and the title of his famous short novel, Pedro Paramo.
I will give you an alternative topic, directly related to the paper we did for characterization, but this one requiring three to five sources and a works cited. Please read about that option below if you are interested. I will warn you in advance that the paper will be somewhat more challenging in that your research will be a great deal more focused. You make your own choice.
Module 6: Alternative Documented Essay Topic
Second Possible Topic for the Documented Research Essay
If you do not like the first topic, you can do this one:
(this is the title you must use and support):
The Characterization of the Grandmother in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
In this essay, do what you did with the Dee essay: tell how, in this case the Grandmother, is characterized by WHAT SHE SAYS (and you must include an analysis of a variety of the very revealing things she says, using direct quotations of course.
WHAT SHE DOES, and of course there is plenty here from her attempts to have the family vacation to where she wants, to her actions with the children, to her interactions with Red Sammy and, finally, the Misfit.
and WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HER–this would include the children, perhaps her son, and certainly the Misfit.
Now you do this very carefully and thoroughly but you MUST ADD a minimum of three OUTSIDE SOURCES that you quote at least once each in your essay. These would be articles on the Grandmother, the story, or something to do with what you are doing in the essay. Quote each one a minimum one time each and include a Works Cited page with the sources you use, in alphabetical order and MLA format.
Any questions about this optional topic email me.
The most important part of the paper will be the Conclusion–where you give a summary of what the different aspects of the Grandmother’s characterization shows the reader and then how we should finally take the Grandmother based on O’Connor’s careful and subtle characterization–and certainly those final words spoken about her by the Misfit.
The Documented Essay is the last Essay assignment and of course the largest. This one should be multiple paragraphs, perhaps some 1,000 words or at least close to that number. You must have three to five sources, all of which are quoted in the body of the paper at least once consistent with the MLA style. The paper uses parenthetical references and must have a Works Cited, which, unlike the annotated bibliography, contains the reference but not the annotations. The Documented essay first draft may be posted this week in Module 7, particularly if you want plenty of time to revise the essay for that second grade. Should you submit the essay this week, you will receive preferential treatment, have your final draft graded early, and could be free the final week of any writing. However, most students will submit this first draft in the week of Module 8. There will still be time to get that second draft turned in, but do your best to submit your draft as early as possible in order to be certain you have plenty of time. If you have any questions, please email your instructor.
An annotated bibliography is basically the same as any works cited or references page but, and there is one big difference: after each reference, there are a few brief sentences summarizing the contents of the reference listed above it in the bibliography. The bibliography is still a list of sources in alphabetical order, but the difference is the summary of the article, book, or any other source appears immediately below the MLA reference–and this is called the annotation, hence an “annotated” bibliography. If you have any questions, Google annotated bibliography examples and look at one or more. To save time and be working on your documented essay at the same time, there is some logic to using the research items for Magical Realism for this assignment. You will be working on your documented essay as you do so, as well as meeting the requirements for this week’s assignment. As always, if you have even the smallest question, please email the instructor. There is an example of an annotated bibliography posted in the Module 7 materials.
Annotated Bibliography Example
Subject: Artificial Intelligence
Bringsjord, S. (2011). Psychometric Artificial Intelligence. Journal of Experimental &
Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 23(3), 271-277. doi:10.1080/0952813x.2010.502314
This journal entry discusses the way artificial intelligence shall be measured. A machine might be able to perform a single task much better than a human, however it cannot be considered intelligent. The author shall be more interested in studying the psychometrics of himself, since there are many petty insults and comments pertaining to other researchers.
Hibbard, B. (2015). Ethical Artificial Intelligence. Retrieved from
This book reflects on the future of artificial intelligence and the ethical decisions that would have to be decided during creation. Despite being a self-published online book, Mr. Hibbard is well qualified and introduces many intelligent solutions towards artificial intelligence programming.
Krzywoszynska, A. (2012). Affect and Artificial Intelligence. Emotion, Space and Society, 5(4),
This article is a review of book of the same title, written by Elizabeth A. Wilson. Ms. Wilson, who advertises herself as a feminist scholar, believes that emotions will play an important role in artificial intelligence. This article is one authorâ€™s opinion about a book, and her conclusion was inconclusive.
Miranda, E. R., & Williams, D. (2015). Artificial Intelligence in Organised Sound. Organised
Sound, 20(1), 76-81doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.libproxy.db.erau.edu/10….
This article about how artificial intelligence will be able to make music that will be enjoyable to the human ear. Organised Sound is a peer-reviewed journal that is devoted to the addition of technology to music, so they certainly have an interest in developing this technology.
Nilsson, N. J. (2010). The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: A History of Ideas and Achievements.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved fromhttp://ai.stanford.edu/nilsson/QAI/qai.pdf
This non-fiction book delves into the history of artificial intelligence, as well as projecting its future. From mechanical suits of armor to neural networks, this action-packed adventure through time is genuinely informative.
O’leary, D. E. (2013). Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. IEEE Intell. Syst. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 28(2),
This article is about the possibility of adding artificial intelligence in an enterprise in order to sort the large amount of data that flows through it. The accuracy of the artificial intelligence for this action would be in question. The article was published by the IEEE Computer Society, which is a well-respected group of engineers that has been around for 70 years.
Sheehan, J. J., & Sosna, M. (1991). The Boundaries of Humanity: Humans, Animals, Machines.
Berkeley: University of California Press. http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft338nb20q/
This book questions whether humans have the same mentality of animals. It also explores the possibility of giving artificial intelligence animal minds, versus a human one. This is a very complicated publication, so a thesaurus will most likely be required.
Before submitting you might use this checklist:
MLA format top to bottom:
Double space only
12 TNR Font only
every page numbered
one inch margins all the way around, or on all four sides
an attached Works Cited page
minimum three sources, but more acceptable
every source listed on the works cited (minimum 3) are quoted a minimum of one time each in the paper
use of parenthetical references with the period outside the reference only like this ( ).
content of the parenthetical references and the reference page consistent with MLA format
works cited in alphabetical order, double space, with the first line of every reference ON the left margin but other lines indented once