Write a 900- to 1500-word essay (3-5 pages) that answers ONE of the questions listed below.
Include within your analysis at least three citations from two acceptable scholarly secondary sources, correctly cited using MLA style, as well as evidence from the play itself, the primary source. Include a Works Cited page at the end of your essay. Also remember your paper should include direct quotations and evidence from the text (the play) itself.
Note that your essay will, in effect, comprise an argument that supports your claim or thesis. Starting with an assertive, solidly-written claim or thesis is crucial.
QUESTIONS (Pick ONE):
1) Lorraine Hansberry is often viewed as a visionary because of her ability to predict many of the relevant issues to the African-American community today. Identify some of these issues and explain how they are the same or different from how Hansberry portrayed them.
2) What statement does Hansberry seem to be making about race? Does she make more than one statement? If so, do these statements conflict with each other?
3) Within the Younger household, there are three generations of women. Compare and contrast how the characters each form their unique identities.
4) Although the play’s setting is likely the late 1940s, A Raisin in the Sun may best be understood in relation to the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Discuss this context for the play.
Integrate at least three pertinent quotes (or summarize or paraphrase information) from at least two academic-level outside sources (preferably peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles, although academic websites, major magazines or newspapers, and most government websites are usually acceptable) into your analysis. “Quick find” source material (such as you’d find by Googling) is not acceptable for this essay. You may find sources on Google Scholar. You must locate sources in an academic library database to meet research requirements; additional quality sources are allowed.
HOW TO FIND YOUR SOURCES:
The best way is to visit a library in person, and ask a librarian for help.
To locate your sources on your own, you may use CCCC’s online library or your home college’s library.
Access CCCC’s library homepage by clicking here: http://www.cloud.edu/Academics/Library/index
Once you get to the CCCC online library site, click on “Search the Databases” under Find Library Resources.
Then, click on the first item listed: “Academic Search Premier.” This is a good place to start, although there are various other areas you can search in the database–feel free to peruse them. The “Literary Reference Center” (scroll down to the “L’s” section) is another good place to start.
You’ll be asked for your ID/password to enter any of the databases. Enter your iCloud ID and password.
Enter your search terms to locate articles.For example, if you want to find information on the civil rights era, enter that as a “subject” search. Or, enter Lorraine Hansberry and the play title as your search terms. You may or may not get a lot of “hits” for your search–this is the part of researching that requires patience and persistence. Unless you are well-versed in research, finding help from a librarian is a good idea if you want to save time and find the best possible sources for your essay.
Citing Your Sources:
Again, you must properly document your source information using MLA style, which is the style used for all college English courses. Include in-text citations for any ideas, paraphrases, or direct quotes you take from your source(s). YES, even ideas you take from a source and put into your own words must be cited–many forget that important fact. Also remember your paper should include direct quotations and evidence from the text (the play) itself.
Include a properly formatted Works Cited page following your essay.
The page numbers assigned to read in your grammar guide Writing Matters (see the Unit 1 “Content” for assigned reading) give full information on avoiding plagiarism, citing sources correctly, and using MLA citation. And, the “Plagiarism–What You Need to Know” presentation reviews all this information. It’s your responsibility to read this information carefully and make sure you understand it. Ask me anything you’re unsure about–I’m here to help. Correct citation requires patience and attention to detail; show me you’re capable, as I will be looking carefully at your use of sources and documentation of those sources.