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English 2323: British Literature II

This guide was created for Dr. Brinkman's English 2323 class, spring 2023. Survey of British Literature - Romantic through the Present.

Short Research Assignment 3

This short research assignment asks you to look into various interpretations of your selected novel and then complete a creative component. First, you will access J-Stor or Project Muse (both of which are databases) through the library’s website and find an essay about your novel whose title interests you. Then you will complete the following tasks.

  1. Find an ACADEMIC essay about your novel that attracts your interest. (Use J-Stor or Project Muse for the best results.)
  2. Read the essay.
  3. Write a summary of the essay (one paragraph).
  4. Write a reflection with regard to the essay (one paragraph; see the rubric below for ideas or specifics).
  5. After you’ve done that, take ideas from the essay and get creative with them. Come up with a creative concept related to your novel. You can come up with an idea for a prequel, sequel, or contemporary film.

Assignment structure:

  • Paragraph 1: summary of article
  • Paragraph 2: response to article
  • Paragraph 3: creative concept

Due 4/19/23. This will not be accepted late.

Due 4/19/23. This will not be accepted late.


  1. MLA Formatting
  2. Proper citation of article
  3. 3 paragraphs: Summary of article, response to article, creative concept
  4. Length: 900 words minimum
  5. Edited for clarity and typos

Automatic Grades:
• Academic Dishonesty:0
• Too short (less than 850 words): 50
• Major Citation error (no Works Cited page OR in-text citations): 65

Grading Rubric
Category Point Value Notes
Formatting 10 • Heading, header, title
• Indented paragraphs, double-spaced, no extra spaces
• 12-point Times New Roman
• In-text citations
• Works Cited page
Paragraph 1 30 • Summary of article
• Article must be academic
• Properly cited
• Proper context provided
• Ratio of 3 sentences of student commentary for each quote
• Minimum of 200 words
Paragraph 2 30

• Reflection/Response to article
• Questions to consider: do you agree? Did this make you think about the novel differently? What would you like to learn more about?
• Ratio of 3 sentences of student commentary for each quote
• Must quote your novel as well as the article
• Minimum of 300 words

Paragraph 3 30 • Creative concept: lays out a detailed plan for prequel, sequel, or contemporary film, using ideas and themes that are mentioned in the academic article. Explain not only the concept for the creative work but also how it was inspired by academic ideas, citing both the article and the novel.
• If work is cited, it must be cited properly
• Minimum of 400 words

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