Ssay 3 Research Paper bibliography and Tentative Thesis
As you begin to work on the Research Paper, Essay 3, you will submit your tentative thesis and a bibliography of at least six scholarly sources that you intend to incorporate in your essay. Your thesis should be approximately 1-2 sentences, and each source should be followed by a single sentence describing how it relates to your proposed project and/or how you intend to use it. This should all be submitted as one document in MLA or APA format.
(While the research paper is due Week 8, Day 3, its so important to be working ahead. Make sure to take advantage of the SmartThinking Online Tutoring offered through OPS in the Online Tutoringtab. To give enough time to get and apply feedback, have a draft turned in to the online tutoring service by Week 7, Day 7.
Respond to one of the prompts below in a 7-9 page literary analysis that makes a research-based argument interpreting between 1-3 works of childrens literature. Each of these prompts addresses an important topic and/or approach to the field. This essay should incorporate course material, close reading, and a bare minimum of 6 sources including the primary text(s). This essay should be in proper MLA or APA format, 12 pt. Times New Roman double-spaced font, and include a Works Cited (not part of the page count). Due Week 8, Day 3. (CLOs 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5)
1. Cultural Diversity: In our textbook, David L. Russell emphasizes the importance not only of representing diversity in childrens literature but also of being culturally sensitive in these representations. Focusing on at least one representation from a primary text like Esperanza Rising or The Watsons Go to Birminghami??1963, write an evaluation of the representation of ethnic, racial, religious, or other groups.
2. Gender Roles: Critical theorist Judith Butler compares gender roles to performing in a play. Day by day, the choices we make about how we talk, walk, and dress are part of how we live out these gender roles. Literature is an important space for children to see how to i??doi?? gender. Choose one to two texts and analyze how these texts represent what it means to be a boy or a girl. Evaluate whether this text is providing children with positive models of gender identification for children.
3. Magic: Explore and analyze the role of magic in a work of childrens literature. Questions to consider include: how is magic represented and what is attractive about this magical world, specifically to a childs imagination? Does magic symbolize or relate to anything in a childs actual experience as he or she grows up? Is getting lost in a magical world healthy or unhealthy for a child, and why or why not? Is it relevant that these fantasy stories, such as the Harry Potter series, often take place in schools with child protagonists?
4. Trauma: Some works of literature for children weve read for this class prominently feature deaths, trauma, and the process of grieving and coping with loss. For this option, you will frame an argument about the role of trauma in childrens lit, focusing on at least one example from a primary text like Bridge to Terabithia or The Watsons Go to Birminghami??1963. Are such narratives of trauma and death appropriate for child readers? Why or why not? How are the representations in your chosen text(s) specifically designed to appeal to and communicate with children?
5. Image and Story: In picture books, the role of the image is as important as the text for communicating meaning. Explore and analyze how images, layout, design, and text work together to create the meaning in one to three picture books. Are there moments in which differences between the images and the text create directed tension? How do the images affect our interpretation of the story?
6. Christianity, Faith, and the Culture Wars: Because of the vulnerability of children, childrens lit is often the site of censorship and heated debate about which books are moral or immoral, safe or dangerous; many of these debates are driven by Christian beliefs. At the same time, Christians are often supporters or even the authors of these controversial texts. Choose 1-3 works of childrens literature that have been the site of such a debate (such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone) and create an argument that describes and engages with the conversation. You may choose to take a well-informed position, suggest that the conversation should be shifted, or illuminate a particularly interesting and relevant factor at work in this i??culture war.i??
7. Child Development: Choose two childrens literature texts that are written for the same age group, and then evaluate how well the texts address the developmental issues relating most closely to this group using one to two of the models of child development studied in class (Piagets model of cognitive development, Eriksons model of psychosocial development, Kohlbergs model of moral development, and Vygotskys Zone of Proximal Development).
8. Choose Your Own: You may have a particular research interest that does not fit within the above categories, and you are free to pursue it with your instructors approval and guidance.)