Ontext Research Essay on Charge of the Light Brigade

Introduction
Please write a 5 page response to the prompt below, using MLA formats and following the assignments guidelines. You will be using the poem, play, or story story that you wrote about for your Theme Essay in Unit 2, so you will be working with a text with which you are already familiar. Make sure that you set aside some time to review the essay you created, reread the story/poem/play you read at the beginning of term, and do your research. As you research, please make sure to take careful notes about your sources–think of it as keeping a diary about your experiences as you learn more about the play–and write down each sources contact information so youll easily be able to create your Works Cited page. You will need to provide MLA source citations in a Works Citedpage and parenthetically cite the information you use from each of your sources in your essay.

Research Essay Prompt
You have identified what you feel the poem/story/plays theme is in your Unit 2-1 Theme Essay. We will begin here. Your next step is to conduct research about the context of the poem/story/play you have read and think about the relationship between new understandings/insights about the poem/story/play youve learned from your sources and what you felt the poem/story/plays theme originally was. Was your belief in the poem/story/plays theme strengthened by what you learned from your resources? Was your belief in the poem/story/plays theme changed by what you learned from your resources? Once you can confidently answer these two questions, you will be ready to create your essay.

In your research essay (see research guidelines below), which will be 5 pages long and MLA formatted, answer the question:

How does your understanding of the poem/story/plays context influence your understanding of the poem/story/plays theme?

In this new Unit 5 essay, you will need to explain to your readers your process of understanding the plays theme. This essay should definitely be written in first person, since I am asking you to share your personal experience researching the play and developing your understanding of the theme as you learned more information. This is a personal narrative about your experience. You may want to begin your essay sharing what you initially thought about the plays theme, ending your introduction with what you feel the plays theme is now that you have placed it in a context, and then explain how your interpretations was strengthened or weakened by the information you learned from the outside sources, concluding with why you feel learning the plays context influenced your understanding of the play. You should not recycle anything from your Unit 2 essay except for, perhaps, the theme you identified, if it was strengthened by your research.

If you have any questions as you work, please email the “Questions about…discussion forum or email me. Ive posted some examples of Research Projects on our Tips for Success in the Coursepage you might choose to review to get ideas. (If youre unsure about how to answer the prompt question, thats the best place to get started as well as the “Questions about…discussion forum.)

Guidelines for Research
i??Return to your Theme Essay, written in Unit 2-1. You will be basing this research project on the poem you selected (found between pages 398-410), Erdrichs Love Medicine”, or Glaspells Trifles.The poem/story/play you wrote about for your Theme Essay is the only text approved for this project. If you have a concern, please contact me immediately.

i??Re-read the poem/story/play you read way back at the beginning of the term and take notes on what you feel the plays theme (or main message) is. It is important you capture your current response in your notes–its okay if your understanding has developed. Re-read the essay you wrote about its theme.

i??Review any supplementary material from The Nortons Introduction to Literature that may be connected to the poem/story/play and take notes on how the information provided by the editors helps you understand the message youve identified or makes you change what you feel the theme is. This may be an additional resource for your essay. You are also welcome to visit the discussion boards and use your classmates as sources. (These sources do not count as your Outsideresources requested below.) The OWL handbook online will show you how to cite these discussion board postings. You will want to record your reactions to the poem/story/play as you learn more about its historical context and what experts in the field have to say about it. Its important to note what makes your belief in the main theme stronger and what weakens or changes your belief.

i??OUTSIDE RESEARCH REQUIREMENT 1: Take time to find a minimum of two resources (you are welcome to use more, if you run across helpful texts) that help you understand either the era the play is set in and/or the era in which it was written that you will cite in your essay. Take notes on your sources contact information (it is helpful to create a source citation as soon as you decide to use a source). Take notes on how your new understanding of what was happening during the time the play was written or during the time the play takes place affects your belief in the main theme. Note: You must use information from at least two of the resources you find during this search in your essay as evidence (that is cited). You will want to record your reactions to the poem/story/play as you learn more about its historical context. Its important to note what makes your belief in the main theme stronger and what weakens or changes your belief.

?Does understanding a culture better give you insight into a characters motivation to do something? Does this change the theme you are getting from that character in any way? Does understanding a political climate at the time the playwright was writing help you understand some of the choices the playwright made? Could the playwright be responding to the world around her or him? How does this understanding affect your understanding of the main theme you think the playwright is presenting?

i??OUTSIDE RESEARCH REQUIREMENT 2: Take time to find a minimum of one academic article by an expert in the field (you are welcome to use more, if you run across helpful texts), which helps you understand the theme you believe the writer is expressing, that you will cite in your essay. Note: You must use information from at least one of the resources you find during this search in your essay as evidence (that is cited). If you cant find something that exactly matches/compliments the theme you originally identified, feel free to look at alternate points of view. Critics may present arguments that help you strengthen or may weaken your belief in the theme that exists. Take notes on your reactions to the argument presented in the academic essay.