Final Paper Guidelines
Length: 5-10 pages (not including Works Cited page)
Number of Primary Sources: 1 text (book, story, film, series, video game, comic, anime, cartoon)
Number of Secondary Source: 2 sources (legitimate article)
DO NOT PLAGARIZE
The student’s final paper will be evaluated under the following criteria:
Creativity: How original the idea and arguments are.
Organization: Is the paper planned? Does it follow the threads given and does it conclude these threads?
Examples: Does the paper have strong arguments and are these arguments developed?
Format: Does it follow the formatting that will be later described in this Word Document?
Revision: Is the paper revised? Does it fix obvious grammatical and spelling mistakes? Are the titles of books italicized?
The paper will be graded accordingly to these five points. Plan with these criteria in mind. These are universal pillars to creating a strong paper. With proper attention and planning, each of these can be developed. The following a recommended step-by-step process to consider.
Hint for Creativity: Brainstorming for a main idea and arguments can take a span of an hour or two. Put yourself in the proper headspace for it. You can put on music or white noise. Tailor your brainstorming session to your own style and comfort. Don’t spend forever on it. The ideas can be sharpened later in organizing or even while writing your first draft.
Hint for Organization: Write down your ideas and your arguments. Switch them in and out of order until you find the best fluidity of ideas. Think about the continuity of the idea: what logically follows your first point? Spend some time on this. This should not take as long as coming up with an idea but this is a vital step. I suggest up to an hour to organize the ideas and arguments.
Hint for Examples: The recommended number of examples to use is three. This amount will fit nicely in a five-page paper. This would mean one page for the introduction, one page for each example/argument, and one page for conclusion. However, be wary of stretching the arguments too thin. While writing your first draft, explain the chosen examples and discuss them. How does the chosen example (quote or series of quotes) prove your main point? Do not let the quotes speak for you but also, do not ignore the quote after you bring it up. Find balance in using the quote: what does it prove? This is the bulk of the writing and work. Take your time. I recommend 2 days with around 3 hours of work each. Maybe one more if you plan to make use of the ten-pages. You can rearrange this to tailor it to your proper schedule.
Hints for Format: Make sure you are using the proper MLA format (more below). With proper research, you can find the information needed to properly format your paper. I will give more information below but I cannot give all the information (that will be on you to do such). Check Owl Purdue MLA online to find specific information on how to quote a text properly and/or citing works in your Works Cited page. This should take an hour or even less.
Hints for Revision: Do not wait for the last minute to write this paper. Always find time to reread your paper after you are done. I recommend waiting after a good night’s rest to reread. I chose midday for turning in for a purpose. This is to allow you to reread and revise your paper before sending it in at midday. I recommend waking up early, grabbing your breakfast with calm, and sitting down to read your paper and make proper corrections to your final draft. This is important. Last minute papers are risky. To be safe, take 2 hours to revise. Take your time.
With this breakdown of the criteria, you should be able to plan your weeks leading up to December 16. With five days that you spend perhaps an hour or two on this paper, you should be able to deliver a strong paper. If this timing is difficult for you, email me as soon as you can.
Font: Times New Roman
Font Size: 12
Line Spacing: Double Space
Alignment: Left Alignment
Margins: 1-inch margin (left, right, top, bottom). This is the default margin.
Title: A creative title is needed. Do NOT make a title page.
Page Numbers: On the top-right, there should always be your last name followed by the page number. If on Microsoft Word, under the “Insert” tab, you can add the page number.
Quoting: When adding a quote to your paper, pay attention to the formatting. If using a direct quote from a text, pay attention to the size. If four lines or more of direct text, the quote becomes separated from the paragraph into its own separate paragraph with double indent on all the lines. There are no quotation marks needed and punctuation comes before the information (author’s last name followed by page number with no punctuation between). Use the response paper guideline for examples.
Works Cited: On a separate page following your paper’s end, you will put in your works cited. These are the sources you quoted from, including your primary source. You will put these sources in alphabetical order. To find the proper information to put in each works cited, look to Owl Purdue MLA to know. It changes for every kind of source be it film, book, chapter, or youtube video.
Goodluck. Reread this guideline often if filled with doubts. Email me questions as often as you need to.
Final Paper Guidelines