Year of birth–Research assignment

Year of birth–Research assignment

Research Paper
Assignment
In this assignment, you are to examine various sources published during the year of your
birth. From the information you gather, you are to write an essay describing three
MAJOR
events that occurred during the year you were born. (Make sure the events you choose
logically go together and that you have a logical reason for choosing them. It would not make
sense to mix sports and politics, for example.) After discussing the thre
e events, you offer an
interpretation of what it was like to live in America during the year you were born.
Magazines would serve as excellent sources for this assignment. Go to the library and
study any magazines you wish. Newsmagazines like
Time
,
New
sweek
, etc., may be a good place
to start. You could also examine other sources, such as newspapers (if the library has the
holdings) and books. Ask the librarian for assistance if at any time you cannot find something
you need. Some magazines and newsp
apers may be on microfilm, so you may need a
librarian’s help to acquire them.
Once you have found a source, carefully survey its contents. Then you will use these
materials as sources to accomplish two tasks: (1) TELL ABOUT THE EVENTS OR TOPICS THAT
YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO ILLUSTRATE. (2) NEXT, you are to offer YOUR
INTERPRETATION
OF
WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO LIVE IN AMERICA DURING THAT YEAR.
Make sure you
completely and thoroughly
describe and explain the three events you
choose. In addition, be sure to
present a thoughtful interpretation (based on your research) of
what it was like to live in America during that year.
Do not
write about sports events. Super Bowls, World Series, and other major sports
events happen every year. You are to write about some
thing unique and important from the
year of your birth
R
EMEMBER
THE
F
OLLOWING
P
OINTS
:
1.
Length

Your paper should be six to eight pages long. That is,
six to eight pages of text
about your subject. This page length does
not
include the title page, outline, and works
cited.
2.
How many sources should you use? You should use a minimum of six sources.
Remember to include a “list of works cited” to show the sources you use and to cite and
document your sources. Therefore, your
works cited must have at least six sources
listed.
3.
Of your six sources, only T
HREE
may be from the Internet.
4.
In the body of your paper

on at least five occasions

you must cite a source.
5.
Make sure you concentrate on the year of your birth.
6.
Be sure you clear
ly state in your paper that you are writing about or focusing on the
year of your birth.

7.
Your paper must have a title page and page numbers.
See the research paper module on
how to do these.
8.
Make sure your paper has a thesis statement.
9.
Be sure you avoid di
scussing a large number of issues or events that you do not develop
well in your paper. It is better to concentrate on fewer issues or events and to develop
them well.
10.
Include an outline of your paper.
The outline should come after the title page.
**Be
sure that you limit your topic well and that your paragraphs and ideas are well developed!
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My three topics are about Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, and whatever other topic you want to write about.

 

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