. TOPIC:MCDONALD, AUDRA….She also goes by Audra Ann McDonald. below, you will find all the instructions.

The research papers are to be written in proper MLA format.
The following sources are in all Seminole State College of Florida Libraries in the Reference section: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of
America, 2009. Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. The Brief Wadsworth Handbook. 6th ed.
Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2010.
Additionally, information on MLA format and documentation may be found at the following site:

General Requirements:
Your paper must be typed and double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. Your paper must be left justified. Your paper must be a minimum of 850 words. Please include a word count at the end of your paper.
oPapers less than 850 words will automatically receive a grade of 0 for the assignment.
oStudents who falsify the word count will automatically receive a grade of 0 for the assignment. All research papers must include a minimum of two sources. Please be sure that Internet sources are from reputable, scholarly institutions, such as universities, museums or art galleries. Each research paper must include two direct quotes with proper citations.
Research papers are to be submitted in the appropriate dropbox in Sakai under Assignments.
Works Cited:
Each research paper must include a Works Cited page in proper MLA format.
General Guidelines for a Works Cited page: (from The Brief Wadsworth Handbook) -Print source #1, a book by one author, p. 213 -Internet sites #52-#71, pp. 224-227 -Electronic sources #72-#78, pp. 228-229

Guidelines for the Theatre Biography Research Paper
There may be only one person assigned to a person. The topic for your theatre biography research paper must be approved in advance by the instructor.
Each student should choose an African-American playwright, director or actor that you are interested in learning more about and write a general biography about this person. Papers should include basic biographical information, interesting aspects of the artistas life and accomplishments, and any other information that you think paints a complete picture of this theatre practitioner.
When dealing with a person who has been active in fields other than theatre, you must focus your paper on the drama and theatre elements of his/her career. In other words, for writers, focus on their career as a playwright; for actors, focus on their theatrical career rather than the film career.
Format for Your Theatre Biography Research Paper
The opening paragraph of your paper should be a clear introductory paragraph, stating your thesis. In other words, what is this theatre practitioneras major importance to the world of drama and theatre? This paragraph must be a minimum of three sentences.
oA good thesis is the basic stand you take, your opinion on a subject, the point you make, the controlling idea, or the directing statement of your paper.
The second paragraph should include general biographical information, such as date and place of birth, important childhood events, education, and date and place of death, if appropriate. The main body of the paper should elaborate on more specific accomplishments of the theatre practitioner, including specific plays written, performed or directed.
Before the concluding paragraph, include any awards or honors won by this person (Tony, Pulitzer Prize, Drama Criticsa, etc.). The concluding paragraph should be a clear summary of the contributions of this theatre practitioneras work. This paragraph must be a minimum of three sentences.
oA good conclusion brings the essay to completion and gives the reader a sense of closure, is memorable and reminds readers of the thesis or restates it in different words.

Theatre Biography Research Paper Checklist
Before submitting your paper, please check the following:
a? Works Cited included;
a? A minimum of two sources used;
a? Two direct quotes included and properly cited;
a? Word count included at the end of the paper;
a? Word count is a minimum of 850 words;