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Konitzer: Literary Research Paper: Home


The purpose of this assignment is to explore the central theme, "Power comes from one breaking the chains of societal control."  Consider the connection between knowledge and power, and also what happens when an individual cannot break the chains and is therefore powerless.   You will develop a thesis related to this theme, based on the piece(s) of literature you selected.  You will compose a three paragraph research paper exploring a topic connected to the the theme, and to support your thesis.   All arguments toward this thesis statement will come from credible sources.   

Learning Target:  I can select,evaluate and synthesize sources to support my thesis.

Research Vocabulary

Research Vocabulary: Understanding the meanings of the following terms is essential to understanding the research process.  Are you familiar with them?  Do you know what they mean?  Take notes as we discuss them.

  • Thesis statement
  • Primary and Secondary sources
  • Works Cited
  • Database
  • Parenthetical citation

Academic Integrity

Cite your sources!

BHS uses the MLA style of citation.  Hopefully you all have your Style Manuals from the fall!  No?! Fear not, we have extra copies and it is also available on the Library Website