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Artist, Musician, etc.Paper Instructions

Artist, Musician, Composer, Playwright, Architect or Author Paper, Fall 2012

Due Sept 10 and Oct 22

You will write TWO papers on the life and work of an AMERICAN (U.S.) artist, musician, composer, playwright, philosopher, or architect from EACH of the following periods: up to 1865 AND after 1865.. You will write a total of TWO of these papers.. The first person must have done the vast majority of his/her work bEFORE the end of the Civil War. The second person must have done the vast majority of her/his work AFTER the Civil War. If you have any questions, PLEASE ask.

Remember, this must be an American (U. S.). I emphasize this because every semester I get a Beethoven or Back or Voltaire. These are NOT Americans!!!! Let’s make this a semester when no one makes this mistake.

First Artist Paper Up to 1865: Due Monday Sept 10

Second Artist Paper After 1865 Due Oct 22

The person’s main claim to fame MUST be as an artist, philosopher, musician, composer, playwright, or author. For example, Abraham Lincoln could be said to be an author. The Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural are great works. However, his main claim to fame was as a president and politician. Therefore, he could not be the subject of one of these papers. Politicians & Presidents do not qualify. If you have ANY doubt, PLEASE ask. This could save your doing the paper over for a reduced grade. Any person who served in the office of President of the United States does not qualify. Any person who did a large part of their work outside the United States does not qualify. Scientists and doctors do not qualify. The person must meet one of the requirements in the first paragraph of this instruction sheet. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION ABOUT YOUR CHOICE MEETING THE CRITERIA, ask before you do the paper!!!! If you do someone who does not meet the qualifications, you will redo with a grade reduction.

This paper must be at least THREE full pages, double spaced, 16 point font. You must use at least TWO sources. You must cite your sources but do not have to use internal citation. If you use your text or the anthology, you still need at least two additional sources. WIKEPEDIA MAY NOT BE USED AS A SOURCE IN ANY PAPER FOR THIS CLASS!!!!!!

The THREE pages do not include title, name, date, height, weight, citation, etc. You must use correct grammar, spelling and college level writing. The paper MUST be AT LEAST THREE FULL PAGES!!!!!!!!Failure to follow these instructions WILL result in grade reduction.

You are to explain what made the person important. What impact did he/she have on the art, music, etc. of her/his time? What impact did the time have on the person? Why did you choose this person? This is NOT a biographical sketch. Papers that are biographical will be returned to be done over correctly with a grade reduction. Papers tend to be too biographical in nature and, therefore, lose points.

Papers are due by the START of the class on the day they are due. Papers turned in after the start of the class they are due may be turned in by the START of the next class. They will be graded and will then receive a one full letter grade reduction. Any paper turned in between the first class day after it is due and the second class after it is due will be graded & will receive a MAXIMUM of 50%. Any paper not turned in by two class days after it is due will receive a ZERO.

By the way, in case you are wondering "Why 16 point font?" I have glaucoma and the big font is much easier for me to read. I jokingly (well, half) say that eventually my students will use 48 point font and their five page papers will be 500 pages. Thank you for adjusting for me.

Format For Papers on Artist, etc.

You MUST use the following format in writing your artist, etc. papers.

a. Introductory Paragraph: Here you state what you are going to write. For example, if the question is about the United States’ entry into World War I, you might write German submarine warfare, economic reasons, making the world safe for democracy, Wilson’s vision of a world without war. Say this in the introduction.

b. Body of paper: Now you will have at least one paragraph for every point you said you were going to make in the introduction. DO NOT mention anything in the introduction unless you also have at least one paragraph about it in the body. DO not say anything in the body unless you mentioned it in the introduction.

c. Conclusion: Here you wrap everything up. Draw your final conclusions.

If you master this format, you will be able to use it in everything you EVER write, from a letter applying for a job to a PhD dissertation. Work on it.

In these papers, do not use first person (I, me, etc.). You should not use them in academic writing. Do not write your feelings or what you think unless the question asks you to do that. Of course, in the You Are There papers, you can, and should, use personal pronouns.

Use college level grammar, spelling and word usage. Remember, these are college papers. Use college level writing. Read over your papers BEFORE you turn them in. It is even better if you read them aloud. If something does not SOUND right, it probably is not right.

Have someone else review your papers before you submitting them. It always helps to have another set of eyes look at your paper. You wrote it. We often miss our own mistakes but can pick up someone else’s mistakes.

The most important paragraph in any form of writing is the first. The most important sentence is the first. You want to give the reader a reason to continue. Make the reader WANT to continue reading your paper. That first sentence must grab the reader’s attention. Spend time on that first sentence. It will pay huge dividends for you throughput your life.. Remember that the reader in an academic setting usually has about 100 papers to read for each assignment. Give her/him a reason to look forward to reading the rest of YOUR paper.

Unless you have been told differently by other instructors, try this format and these ideas in your other classes. I want to give you some tools to help you get A’s in all of your classes. I am interested in how you are doing in your other classes.

Grading scale for papers: I set the points for an "A" at 47 out of 50 possible. If you get an A, that does not mean you did anything wrong. I reserve the points above 47 for extra-special papers...papers that blow me away. Other than that, I cannot tell you what that is. A few decades ago, the U. S. Supreme Court heard a lot of obscenity cases. One Justice was asked what his definition of obscenity was. He replied, "I cannot define it, but I know it when I see it." That is what I feel about the points above 47. I know it when I see it. I know, that is as clear as mud.

You will lose points for not following directions, not following prescribed format, misspelling, poor grammar, not meeting college level writing, and turning it in late.

A 47 pts B- 40 pts D+ 34 pts

A- 45 points C+ 39 pts D 33 pts

B+ 44 pts C 37 pts D- 30 pts

B 43 pts C- 35 pts F 25 pts

PLEASE make use of TMCC’s Reference Librarians in preparing your papers. They will make your research easier and will help in the organization of your papers. They are a great resource. Use them!

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