This assignment is worth 50 points.
For your final paper topic proposal, your job is to propose and get approval by your instructor for a coming-of-age novel for which you will then need to acquire a copy, read and create a “Reader’s Resource Guide” (due Week 6) and write a literary analysis about for your final paper (due Week 7). Because this is a 300-level English course, I want you to concentrate on choosing a literary subject. For suggestions, click the links provided with the assignment or do a web search.
Also, be sure to look through the list of prohibited titles (ones not allowed), also included with the assignment. These are prohibited, not because they are inadequate in any way, but because students always pick them, and I want to push you all to look a little harder to find something beyond these tried and true titles.
*Your Topic Proposal should be approximately one full page in length and include the standard MLA heading and title. In the body of your proposal, submit the title and author of the book you have in mind, as well as a brief synopsis of the plot and provide an explanation of why this is a suitable choice for the assignment. MAKE SURE TO USE QUOTATION MARKS AROUND ANY BORROWED WORDING AND TO INCLUDE A CITATION FOR ANY BORROWED LANGUAGE OR IDEAS TAKEN FROM SECONDARY SOURCES SOURCES. *Not to do so is evidence of plagiarism which carries the standard penalty of earning a zero for the assignment.
*Submit your topic proposal to the assignment link under Week 3.
*See a sample student essay on the Purdue Owl for an example of how to format your paper correctly: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/13/
Final Reader’s Guide Project – Due Sunday of Week 6
Final Paper– Due Week 7
Because students tend to choose the same novels every semester, I want you to look a little harder, beyond the usual titles, and choose something new. Below see the list of books that I am prohibiting for this assignment. I encourage you to do a search online or on Amazon.com for “coming-of-age novels” and see what you find. Here are a few good sites to get you started:
https://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/books/best-coming-of-age-novels/94837 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
https://bookriot.com/2018/04/05/coming-of-age-books/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/coming-of-age-books (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
****Also, if choosing a book that is not a well-known or classic title, do a little research and see if the information required for the final Reader’s Guide is available (such as critical reviews, audio or video of the author, etc.). You don’t want to run into trouble later in the course when beginning work on this project and finding out there is nothing available.
*Books that are prohibited (not allowed):
Ann Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Because of Winn-Dixie
The Fault in our Stars
Harry Potter books
The Hunger Games
The Lord of the Flies
The Notebook or any other Nicholas Sparks book
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Secret Life of Bees
A Separate Peace
Thirteen Reasons Why
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Virgin Suicides
All Mitch Albom books