Octavia Butler’s Fledgling Essay Assignment
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Octavia Butler’s Fledgling Essay Assignment
Rough Draft: 2-6 pages typed, double-spaced and due on Monday of Week 7. Please do NOT submit your rough draft in the assignment drop box. Instead, please post your rough draft in the “Peer Workshop for Essay Three” forum in
the Week Seven Module by Monday of Week 7.
Final Draft: 4-6 pages typed, double-spaced and due on Monday of Week 8. Please also include a Works Cited Page with this assignment (the works cited page does not count as part of the 4-6 page requirement).
Please keep in mind that essays submitted after the Monday of Week 8 due date will be marked down 10% for lateness, and no late assignments will be accepted after Thursday of Week 8. As this is the last assignment, the drop
box is open only until Thursday of Week 8.
For your final research paper, you will synthesize your analysis of primary sources with support from secondary sources. You’ve already done this with your synthesis analysis essay, but this time, you will be doing original
research. You are required to use Octavia Butler’s Fledgling as one of your primary sources; the rest of the primary sources can be any science fiction novel, short story, movie, or TV show.
Your first step is to find an interesting underlying social message about values, behaviors, and/or relationships in Butler’s novel. For the previous essays, you were assigned a social message (what it means to be human and
gender), but this time, you will need to identify one in the novel. There are many options, but here are some suggestions: individual and community, heroism, identity, power, family, gender, or race (please do not feel you are limited to
Next, research additional primary sources that also have your chosen underlying social message. Please do not use any of the primary sources that you have already used for an essay for this class–that means that you cannot use
The Left Hand of Darkness. You are welcome to use any of the stories in the Wesleyan Anthology as long as you have not previously used it for an essay. You can also choose from any science fiction movies and/or TV shows if
you’d like. The number of additional primary sources is up to you, but I’d say that 2-4 total primary sources is a manageable amount.
Then, research 3-5 secondary sources (at least one academic) that will help support your analysis of the underlying social message. For example, if your underlying social message is about community, then you might research
psychology papers on the positive effects of community. Please note that you cannot use any of the readings that I have assigned for this class as secondary sources—your sources must come from your own research.
Finally, write an essay that synthesizes your primary and secondary sources in order to support your analysis of underlying social messages of behaviors, values, and/or relationships in Butler’s novel and your other chosen science
fiction primary sources.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS IN THE LINKED CLASS WITH PSYCHOLOGY 222:
For your 3-5 secondary sources, at least three (not one) of them must be academic, and all your secondary sources must be in the discipline of psychology or neuroscience, so please make sure that you choose an analysis of an underlying social message that you can support with secondary sources in the discipline of psychology or neuroscience.
Thesis: Your thesis should make an arguable and original claim about the pattern of underlying messages about social values, behaviors, and/or relationships implicit in the primary sources.
Body Paragraphs: Your body paragraphs should support your thesis and should include topic sentences, which clearly assert a point related to your thesis, illustration from the primary sources and secondary sources that support
your point, and explanation of how your illustration supports your point. Again, an easy way to remember these actions is through the acronym, PIE. Keep in mind that although every point will need at least one quote (or example if
it’s a movie or TV show) from the primary sources as illustration, not every point will require a quote or paraphrase from the secondary source as illustration. Use the secondary sources where you feel they best support your
analysis. You can also include secondary source support in your introduction and/or conclusion in addition to whichever body paragraphs you feel need secondary source support.
Conclusion: Your conclusion should sum up the points in your paper, re-state your thesis if necessary, and then draw a conclusion from those points.
In-text Citations: Please review this handout on citing quotations from literature. Conventions for Writing about Literature.doc Please also review this handout for citing quotations and paraphrases of academic articles. Integrating
Quotes for Nonfiction.doc Keep in mind that both quotations and paraphrasing of the secondary sources will require parenthetical in-text citation of the page numbers. Please also use thes ereference guides for any in-text citation
questions that aren’t addressed by the handouts (Both references are also located in the Course Resources Module):
Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/using_research/quoting_paraphrasing_and_summarizing/index.html (Links to an external site.)
MLA In-Text Citation: https://canvas.northseattle.edu/courses/1800056/modules/items/36023832
Works Cited Page: Don’t forget to include a Works Cited Page; failure to include a Works Cited Page will result in the loss of all your “Conventions” criteria points! A Sample Works Cited Page is located in the Course Resource
Module. However, the works cited page for this assignment is more complicated, so please use this MLA Citation Guide (also located in Course Resources Module):
Avoiding Plagiarism: You may want to review the handout on Deciding What to Cite (in the Course Resource Module as well as the resource on Avoiding Plagiarism (also in the Course Resource Module).
Final Hints: An outline is not required but is strongly recommended.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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