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English III Spring Semester
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Due Dates

Thesis and Proposal due

Blue: Monday, March 17th

Gold: Tuesday, March 18th

Additional critical essays due

Blue: Tuesday, April 1st

Gold: Wednesday, April 2nd

Two (2) copies of your rough draft due

**Complete with quotations, parenthetical citations, and a Works Cited page**

**Worth 20 points**

Blue: Monday, April 7th

Gold: Tuesday, April 8th

Final Draft with accompanying materials uploaded to Blackboard


Hard copy of final draft with accompanying materials due in class



**papers cannot be turned in via email**

**Even if you are physically absent 4/15 or 4/16, the final draft must be turned in to me by end of class.++

Monday, April 14th, MIDNIGHT




Blue: Tuesday, April 15th

Gold: Wednesday, April 16th


Paper Criteria

3 pages minumum, 5 pages maximum, not including Works Cited page

MLA format for page-set up, quotation use, citing, and the Works Cited page as delineated in MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

 Adherence to MLA format is worth 25% of total grade.



The word “hero” gets tossed around in our daily lives; recently, for example, the Oscars showcased “heroes” in the movies who were almost entirely MEN.  Can only a man be a hero?  Only a person who risks his/her life?  Or what?  Your essay will attempt to define a “hero” as we have experienced him/her in any three of the works we have read as a class this year.


What do I need to do?

  • Choose three works from the list below:


    • The Color of Water by James McBride
    • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
    • True Grit by Charles Portis
    • “General History of Virginia” by John Smith
    • “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford
    •  “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards
    • “The Crisis” by Thomas Paine
    • “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
    • “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau
    • “Self-Reliance” by R. W. Emerson
    • “The Gettysburg Address” by A. Lincoln
    • “An Episode of War” by Stephen Crane
    • “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by A. Bierce
    •  “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman
    • “To Build a Fire” by Jack London
  • Find something IN COMMON among all three works so that they are linked together in your analysis.
  • You must use ideas from the ONE critical analysis I will give you as additional support for your ideas (along with quoting from each text)
  • You must find TWO ADDITIONAL critical analyses to use for support (TOTAL:  3 critical analyses + 3 literary works in the Works Cited).



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