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ENGL 101 (Heroes) - Delay: Assignments


Paper # 2: Comparison & Contrast—Heroes

Audience: College seniors and professors

Formality level: Consultative 

Length: 4-6 pages + Works Cited, typed, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman font size 12, heading single-spaced.

Purpose: In this persuasive and informative essay, you will support your thesis using well-defined criteria to compare and contrast two members/objects of the same class.  Remember that your audience knows less than you about your topic, so define and explain as necessary.  Organization is key to this essay. Choose either block/subject or point-by-point format for the body of your essay. Pay special attention to your introductory paragraphs to set up the rest of your paper: give adequate and interesting background information, survey the topics’ similarities, and write a strong thesis that includes a blueprint statement that divides your choice into the criteria you use to support your thesis.  Connect paragraph to paragraph with transitions to move your readers from one aspect to another and always remind your readers of your thesis.  Use both coherence and unity in the development of your paragraphs.  End with an effective conclusion that not only reiterates your thesis but encourages further thought or action from your audience as well.

The Presentation:

·     You will now be held accountable for sentence and comma errors. 

·     Since this is an informative essay, I’ll expect to learn something.  You’ll need to use at least 4 sources but 3 different kinds of sources besides yourself.  These can be interviews, internet, or hard copy sources like books and encyclopedias. Count only one .com OR one .org source. Never use Wikipedia or juvenile sources for college work.

·     You need to properly acknowledge your sources when you summarize, paraphrase, and quote them using in-text, parenthetical citations following MLA guidelines.

·     Include a hard copy of information you get from the internet and a Works Cited for all of your sources.  Refer to your MLA sheet and your Pocket Style Manual for formatting information.

·     Compose a two-part, academic title that both orients and interests the reader.


The Drafting Process:

·     Begin gathering research on your most promising and “meaty” choice.  Make copies of Internet sources.

·     Brainstorming list of 4-6 hero pairs that interest you that you already know something about.  Heroes can be loosely defined: they may be political or military heroes, literary or artistic heroes, discoverers or inventors or innovators.  They can come from the world of sports, entertainment, or labor, from all walks of life.  Limit your topics to those that you can cover well within the page length requirement.  Select topics that you can make a clear choice about. Be sure that they gained a degree of fame so that they can be researched easily. (Since this is a persuasive/informative essay, your topics are not expressive: don’t write about your two heroic sisters!)

·     Choose 2 of your topics (2 pairs) and type up Criteria Lists. (Use the “gangster” model from class.) (X2 copies)

·     Pre-draft Sentence Outline on your final choice of topic: (X3 copies). No late outlines accepted. (10% of paper grade.)

·     Works Cited list: 2 copies.

·     Draft #1 with research & Works Cited (X3).  No late drafts accepted. (10% of paper grade.)

·     QUIZ on ABCD Introductions

·     Final Draft + Works Cited with hard copies of internet sources due beginning of class.

Library Assignment

Bonus Question given at library orientation!     Jody DeLay, English 101      


Working Works Cited:   Library Quiz Worksheet

·       Google your subjects to get ideas for sources and key search words. 

·       Use the Wikipedia for a list of legitimate sources, but don’t use Wiki as a source itself.

·       Bring your MLA handout to the library.

·       Minimum due for Quiz: 5 cited sources in correct MLA format using 4 different kinds of sources.


1)     Find 1 or 2 hard copy sources (books, specialized encyclopedias, autobiographies, biographies, histories).  If possible, check these out for future use.

          Give full MLA information.

 2)    Find 1 or 2 popular magazine articles about your topic. Print them.

Give full MLA information.

 3)    Find 1 scholarly article on your subject (Use ProQuest, JSTOR, or EBSCOHost to help you search for full-text of articles, not book reviews.)

Print the best you find.  You’ll need to skim through several. Give full MLA information.

4)    Find 1 or 2 articles from the commercial websites. (.com)  You may also find information from organizations (.org) or academic institutions (.edu).  Print.

          Give full MLA information.

 5)    Find 1 or 2 videos that deal with your topics.  You may use YouTube.

          Give full MLA information.

6)    Find a newspaper article about your topic.  Give full MLA information.


Print on-line sources that you’ve chosen.

Working with your Style Manual and  your MLA handout, type up an accurate and complete Works Cited draft.  Your last name with the page number goes in the upper right corner, no heading!  For further information, use the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers in the library. 

Hand write the answer to the bonus question on the bottom of your WC sheet.

Bring 2 copies to class.