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Research Paper

What is the Research Paper assignment?
The purpose of the Research Paper is to allow you to synthesise your knowledge of Greek myth and a contemporary cultural illustration, thus illuminating the strong connection between Classical myth and 21st century society. In short, you are to compare an ancient myth to an example of that myth found in modern-day society.
How do I complete the Research Paper?
Step 1
Consider the myths weve studied in this course. Choose a myth that has a particular meaning for you. This will be the topic of your paper.

Step 2
Use the course materials and do some further research on your myth. Try to draw at least one important parallel between your ancient Greek myth and its more modern incarnation(s).

Step 3
Define the thesis for your paper and conduct further research as necessary. In total you will have to use a minimum of 1 ancient source and three scholarly academic resources to support your thesis. For the purposes of this assignment, academic resources include online journal articles as well as resources you can check out of the library. This step is critical to your success. It is very important to understand what constitutes an ancient source (see appendix to Chapter 1 Sources for Classical Mythology – for further details).

Note: You may also make use of more popular sources of information; however, these sources do not help you meet the minimum number of required academic sources you must consult and use. Any and all sources used in your paper must be properly cited using the MLA format. Other requirements include:

Arial or Times New Roman font
Double-spaced
1200 words (excluding bibliography)
Include a word count for you paper underneath your paper’s title
Step 4
Begin to write your first draft. Be sure to leave yourself enough time so that when you are done your first draft you can go back and revise your work. In addition to producing a well-researched paper, it is expected you also submit a well-edited and logical piece of writing.

How do I submit my work?
When you are satisfied with your work, please submit your paper in the Major Paper dropbox.

How will my work be assessed?
Your work will be assessed both on the merits of the research and the presentation of that research. The conclusions you draw about the connection you have made and the means by which you support your analysis will help determine the grade you receive. Papers must be well written and formatted to meet the rigorous and high standards of the University of Guelph-Humber. The comparison you make may take any of a number of forms, and it may be direct, or only allusive. It may include, but is not limited to a comparison from the world of advertising, literature, commercial branding, team names or logos. But, most importantly, the first step of the assignment is for you to make this connection. So, insomuch as you believe that a reference to one of the myths we studied has been made and able to argue this relationship within the parameters of the assignment, then the connection is valid. The validity or the suitability of the connection is your judgment to make. As an example only (do not use this example however), you may want to consider the brand Nike.

Research Paper Rubric
Criteria Level 3
(Exceeded) Level 2
(Attained) Level 1
(Developing) Level 0
(Un-attained) Possible Points
Organization

The papers organization is logical and has good flow. The organization aids with the readers comprehension.

The paper is organized and is mostly logical.

There are some structural issues with the paper that inhibit the readers comprehension.

There are major structural issues with the paper.

/3

Thesis, Content & Research

The assignment is well researched. There is a clear and explicit link between the papers content, thesis, and supporting evidence. The student used the minimum number of required academic resources.

The assignment somewhat well researched. There is a link between the papers content and supporting evidence. The student used the minimum number of required academic resources.

The student has attempted to research their topic and/or he link between the papers content and supporting evidence is not clear and/or the student did not use the minimum number of required academic resources.

The paper lacks sufficient research.

/3

Depth of Concepts

Student demonstrates exceptional insights into course concepts and effectively uses personal insight to further increase a readers comprehension of their work

Student demonstrates some insight into course concepts and/or attempts to use personal insight to further increase a readers comprehension of their work.

Student demonstrates few insights into course concepts and/or lacks personal insight to further increase a readers comprehension of their work.

Student demonstrates no insight into course concepts.

/3

Grammar, Spelling, and Diction

Assignment complete with no grammar or spelling errors. The assignment effectively uses appropriate diction.

Assignment has 1 to 3 grammar and/or spelling errors and/or mostly uses appropriate diction.

Assignment has 3 to 5 grammar and/or spelling errors and/or somewhat uses appropriate diction.

Assignment has more than 5 grammar and/or spelling errors and/or does not use appropriate diction.

/3

Total Points /12

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