Throughout this unit, you will read, analyze, and adapt one Shakespearean Comedy. Click HEREfor a digital copy of the instructions.
The five play selections in this unit are:
As You Like It
Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
The Taming of the Shrew
I do have a class set of print copies for use during class time, but if you need to access the plays outside of class, they are available from the Folger Shakespeare Library (http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/).
As you begin writing your research paper, be sure to use the Thesis and Outline Planning page that you received in class. This will be checked for completion as part of your process grade.
The RUBRIC for your research paper can help guide you through the drafting process. Be sure to reference the rubric to make sure your paper meets the expectations for the assignment.
Here are the IMPORTANT DUE DATES:
Thesis and Outline: Dec. 6
First Draft: Dec. 11 (@11:59 on turnitin.com)
Peer Review: Dec. 13-14 (@11:59pm on turnitin.com)
Final Draft: Jan. 9* (@11:59pm on turnitin.com)
*Please note that we have decided to give you the Christmas Break to finish the final draft so that you have time, if needed, to give your best work. However, you are welcomed and encouraged to submit your final draft BEFORE you leave for the break.
As you begin your research, you will be gathering sources and then citing and annotating those sources. All of your sources, along with their annotations, will be compiled in an Annotated Bibliography .
You will need to locate ten sources:
You should have at least one, but not more than three, sources of literary criticism over your book of choice.
At least five of your sources should be focused on your topic without making direct connections to your novel (it will be your job in the paper to make those connections as the literary critic).
Your sources should be considered credible and scholarly.
Once you have located and printed sources, you need to begin annotating. This process involves:
Reading and summarizing your source
Evaluating your source as it relates to your purpose (or topic) for the paper
The next step will be to create an Annotated Bibliography. Here is an overview of the formatting for an Annotated Bibliography (full example here):
To set a hanging indention, you will need to adjust the ruler in your document:
For new paragraphs within the same annotation/source, you will need to adjust the indention setting accordingly:
When citing your sources, remember to use The Owl (link above in “Helpful Resources”) and the container concept for the 8th edition of MLA:
In the following podcast, the creators of the TV show Empire discuss how they were inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear. The podcast is about 30 minutes long and will give you a little bit of background information relevant to King Lear along with the “modern relevance” connection that we have been discussing. You need to watch this podcast BEFORE CLASS on Thursday, October 12.