From the reading, Shooting an Elephant, write about Imperialism shown in the reading.


From the reading/primary source “Shooting an Elephant” write about Imperialism shown in the reading.

A primary source is the text you are writing about. A secondary source is ABOUT the primary source. Frankenstein is a primary source. An article about Frankenstein is a secondary source.

You have to use at least 2 academic secondary sources in addition to your primary source. This means a legit, scholarly article, NOT or Wikipedia and for the love of all that’s holy, not Sparknotes. Opinion pieces, blogs, and non-scholarly websites do NOT count as academic sources. Use academic journal articles (see “databases” on the library website), books or book chapters, legitimate academic sites, etc.

Do not use your secondary source to define a term we’ve discussed in class. Your source should support your thesis, not define something we already know.

Use brief quotes from both primary and secondary sources to support your thesis. You must document your sources in the MLA style. You may not recycle works submitted in other classes. You may not use any fact, quotation, or idea from any other source without EXPLICITLY documenting it. Failure to properly document sources is plagiarism.

Present an assertive thesis that proves a relevant point about the text. Make sure you don’t just summarize the work. Avoid arguing the obvious (eg, “Jaws is about a shark”). Instead, think “This is what the shark represents”.

The contents of the paper should all work towards proving this thesis. Use quotes and examples from the texts to help prove your point, but avoid extensive paraphrasing of the text. Do not summarize the text you are discussing; assume your audience has read the texts in question.

Demonstrate throughout the paper why your point is relevant and how it helps us reach a greater understanding of the work in question. In any case, your paper needs to include one of the texts we’ve discussed and your secondary source in a relevant manner.

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