literary research essay on the Best we could do

Write a 5-6 page literary research essay on what you
consider to be most significant or interesting in Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do. Include near
the end your own personal connections to the story and/or characters. Most of
this essay should concentrate on the story itself, but 1-2 pages could reflect
on your own reading experience of the book and/or characters. You might
consider, for example, how you empathized with key characters. Which parts of
the story resonated the most and why?
As you prepare to write, you may wish to consider the
following questions:
How did you find the work engaging?
What was unique, distinctive, or most intriguing about this
work and your reading of it?
Did the author’s style (e.g., magical realism or graphic
novel) seem especially suited to the topic?
Is there a lesson provided by the author’s work?
Research Requirement
Do some background reading—a little research—into the
context and public conversation around the book. What have book reviewers,
journalists, or other professional critics said about the work? Refer to this
conversation as part of your context for your argument. Be sure to include two
or three extra outside sources (works cited) in your essay discussion. These
might be critical commentaries, book reviews, author interviews (for example,
from the videos and materials provided in the lessons), historical
documentation, or other related artwork on the author’s theme (like Ai Weiwei’s
film Human Flow).
A Research Guide is provided under the Help Forum and
Resources Module. Please reference the Research Guide for information on how to
conduct research for your paper.
Tips For Success
Keep your writing clear and concise.
Formulate and include a thesis near the start of your essay.
Organize your material so that your reader can easily follow
your argument.
Support your points by referring closely to your sources and
make sure to use in-text citations.
Format the work according to MLA Style conventions.
Use the evaluation rubric below as a checklist for making
sure you’ve covered the main parts of the assignment.
Read and follow the assignment instructions.
Write down your ideas from the start. Keep notes. Stay
Ask questions, ask for help from librarians, tutors, and
your instructor.
Enjoy the discovering and capturing of ideas–happy writing!
50 to >46.0 pts
Opening sentence engages; subsequent sentences continue to engage the reader, bringing reader to the essay’s thesis, even if this is not located in the introduction; anticipates essay’s content; the title sounds a key note. Relevant details gives the reader important information that goes beyond the obvious or predictable.
50 to >46.0 pts
The topic is narrowly focused enough for the scope of this assignment. A thesis statement clearly and concisely provides direction for the paper, either by stating a position or hypothesis and purpose of the author.
60 to >57.0 pts
Demonstrates an organized pattern of thought. Refers closely to the significant elements of the primary text; quotes or references are often woven into the argument to strengthen it. Prose is concise and to the point; easy to read. Transitions between sentences and paragraphs are easy to follow; reads smoothly. Paper meets or exceeds paper length requirement. Includes 3 or more extra works cited (sources in addition to primary text).
60 to >57.0 pts
Organizes and synthesizes evidence to reveal insightful patterns, differences, or similarities related to the focus of the paper. Clear and logical presentation; good development of the argument. The paper demonstrates that the student fully understands and has applied concepts learned in the course and from the novel. Concepts are integrated into the student’s own insights. The student provides information that shows analysis and synthesis of ideas.
50 to >46.0 pts
Summary or conclusion the paper’s main ideas is strong; considers the implications of the argument; demonstrates a synthesis of the relationships among material obtained from all sources.
30 to >27.0 pts
Choice of language reflects thoughtful consideration and conveys ideas in a fresh or clear manner. Sentence, paragraph, and paper structure all flow seamlessly to convey the meaning of the topic. Few if any errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar. Sources for quotes have each been identified. Sources have been listed at the end. MLA formatting has been applied appropriately throughout paper.

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