However, unlike the typical analytical paper, this assignment takes more of a research-based approach, as students must incorporate numerous outside sources to prove their points. Their work must include at least 2 primary sources, five written scholarly articles, three static images, and four hot links. Once a source has been chosen, the student must include it in their works cited bibliography included at the end of the paper.
With 7 deadlines spread out across 48 days, seniors will largely determine their final grades in honors English by writing these essays. Being one of the only large assessments of the trimester, its heavy influence on one’s final grade intimidates many students.
“The book has so many topics to choose from that it really makes the first assignment (choosing your topic) difficult,” senior Perri Beech (’15) exclaimed. Perri added, “On top of that, you have the fact that it counts for such a large part of your grade, so you know you have to pick a really good one.” For Perri, and many other seniors including myself, the simple process of choosing a topic caused tons of stress.
However, while many seniors fret over what they are going to write about, others have a much easier time staying relaxed during the process. Will Gansler(’15) was not as intimidated by the paper, saying, “it’s a paper, you just write words.”
Intimidated or not, seniors will eventually have to get to writing. While the process is long and frustrating, it is necessary to do well on this project to pass.