Assignment Instructions Write a 500-750 word essay on one of the following topics. • Compare and contrast two poems by the same author. You can choose any of their other works for this comparison. Certainly feel free to explore works we haven’t covered. Be sure that you have isolated a strong and debatable thesis on which to build the essay. Simply pointing out the differences is not analysis. Toward that end, you may want to focus on a specific element of the stories. Your essay should be formatted in MLA style, including double spacing throughout. All sources should be properly cited both in the text and on a works cited page. As with most academic writing, this essay should be written in third person. Please avoid both first person (I, we, our, etc.) and second person (you, your). In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name, the professor’s name, the course name, and the due date for the assignment on consecutive lines. Double space your information from your name onward, and don’t forget a title. All papers should be in Times New Roman font with 12-point type with one-inch margins all the way around your paper. All paragraph indentations should be indented five spaces (use the tab key) from the left margin. All work is to be left justified. When quoting lines in literature, please research the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems. You should use the online APUS library to look for scholarly sources. Be careful that you don’t create a “cut and paste” paper of information from your various sources. Your ideas are to be new and freshly constructed. Also, take great care not to plagiarize. Whatever topic you choose you will need a debatable thesis. A thesis is not a fact, a quote, or a question. It is your position on the topic. The reader already knows the story; you are to offer him a new perspective based on your observations. Since the reader is familiar with the story, summary is unnecessary. Rather than tell him what happened, tell him what specific portions of the story support your thesis. The handout on “Literary Analysis” is a must for this aspect of the paper. Submission Instructions: All papers must be submitted to Assignments as a Word or rtf file attachment. When you submit the essay, it will go through Turnitin automatically. You will need to check your Turnitin report for plagiarism and excessive quotation. Essays with a Turnitin score higher than 27 will not be accepted, so if you see that your score exceeds 27, then contact me abut the chance to revise your paper to correct any citation errors and shorten quoted material. You should submit your essay with enough time margin that you can correct any problems—you will not be able to do this if you wait until the last minute to submit your paper. Essays containing plagiarism will be returned with the grade of zero.