English 121 Academic Writing

In Preparation for Writing Your Essay:

Please refer to the “Quality Writing Guidelines.” If you choose to complete this extra credit essay, you need to be sure it is written in proper essay form and double spaced. In order to be considered, completed essays must be e-mailed to the instructor in the eCollege mail area no later than the deadline listed above. Please be aware that in order to earn points, you must follow the directions and properly document your paper.


Assignment Directions:

For this essay, you will need to relate a current events situation to one of the literary works (fiction or nonfiction) we have read this term. Look for an article in the electronic version of the Tampa Bay Times that has a connection to one of the literary works. In a well-developed essay, discuss this current event in relationship to the literary work.


You must reference the newspaper article and you must have quotes and examples from the literary work and newspaper article in your paper. You may use additional sources for your paper as long as they are properly documented.


Your essay must have an introduction, three support paragraphs, and a conclusion. You must have quotes and examples from the article and literary work in each body paragraph. The essay should be a minimum of two pages (double-spaced) in length.


Remember, your introduction sets the tone for your essay. You must underline your thesis.


You must cite all of your quotations using proper MLA style. You must have in-text citations and a Works Cited page. The electronic version of the newspaper is an exact replica of the newspaper online; therefore, you would use the format for a newspaper article (not a website) on your Works Cited page – see page 430 in the Prentice Hall Reference Guide.



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