Your assignment is to investigate the historical, cultural, social, or geographical context of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. You will write a 1-2 page formal research paper in MLA format and attach a Works Cited page to demonstrate your understanding of the research process and show the knowledge gained through your research. You will only be given two class periods to work on this, and all other work will be outside class. If you are absent you will have to make up the research during lunch or before/after school. Below are guidelines and requirements for this paper. I highly recommend you follow the steps below in order to write a successful research paper.
You will begin conducting research on the research databases or book sources. You must have a minimum of three sources and once must be a book source. (Make sure you keep up with your MLA citations as you go and organize your notes)
Once you have completed and organized all of your research, you will put together a Works Cited page according to MLA format.
Now you are ready to write your essay. Your essay should contain an introduction with a thesis statement, body paragraphs, and a conclusion followed by a separate Works Cited Page.
*** Do not forget to cite your sources in your essay. Remember you must cite sources even if you are paraphrasing or summarizing a source. We should see your research conducted through your own ideas and writing. Your essay should not read like an encyclopedia.
Recommended but not required topics for research (please see me to approve a topic):
Woman’s Role in Society (career, family, do’s and don’ts)