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Research Paper based on Orange Is the New Black
Please read the essay assignment directions carefully and completely. Failure to write the minimum required words will result in a failing grade.
Rather than being overwhelmed by the end product, you should think about the research paper as a process with very clear and defined stages: See Specific Assignment Boxes for details, requirements, and due dates
Understanding PATTAL and the Research Paper Guidelines: In order to make sure you understand the research paper requirements, audience awareness, and assignment purpose.
Topic Proposal: In order to help you narrow down and focus an idea for your paper, you will complete a topic proposal.
Preliminary Works Cited: You will then compose a preliminary Works Cited page for a minimum of five outside sources and the novel Orange Is the New Black
At a Glance
For the research paper, we are taking a theme or topic from a book and developing that into a research-based argument paper. The paper must quote from the book at least twice and must incorporate (quote from) 5-7 secondary sources to help provide background information and factual evidence to support the essay’s main assertion.
Main Goals for the Research Paper
Write a thesis statement that makes a claim about an idea or theme found in Orange Is the New Black
Support a thesis using textual evidence from primary and secondary sources and logical inferences about those sources
Demonstrate improved usage of MLA citation methods
Critically analyze the issue using your research about the topic, and explain this analysis to readers.
Create organized paragraphs that focus on one main point and divide your argument into manageable chunks for your readers.
Piper Kerman – Orange Is the New Black
At least five secondary sources related to your topic. Your secondary sources MUST be from the Citrus College DatabasesLinks to an external site. Please see the Citrus Library WebsiteLinks to an external site. for access. If you need help and cannot get to campus, librarians are available through the 24/7 Librarian Chat function on the Library’s website. NO websites will be accepted as secondary sources for this assignment.
Choose 1 of the following Prompts
To what extent do today’s prisons help to rehabilitate criminals and prepare them for their lives beyond their incarceration?
What effect has mandatory minimum sentencing in drug offenses had on the prison population?
What effect has the opioid crisis in the Midwest and other parts of the country had on the prison population?
How can prisons become reformed to result in more positive outcomes for inmates and for society?
What effect does incarceration have on the family (especially children) and friends of inmates?
To what extent does privilege (racial, socioeconomic, heteronormative) affect rates of conviction and incarceration?
What are some ways that prison is dehumanizing or humiliating to inmates? Is this humiliation warranted?
Do inmates ever create a sense of community while incarcerated? If so, how? If not, why not?
A few things to remember:
Write for someone who is not in this class, and, therefore, not familiar with the texts.
Include at least two quotations from the book and quote from or paraphrase from at least five secondary sources (NO websites) to develop and support your argument.
Parenthetically cite all outside source evidence (whether directly quoted or paraphrased)
Talk about complexities of the book and the problem you are researching, and avoid oversimplifying them.
Use your critical voice to argue about a topic connected to the book.
Address the opposition and work on refuting opposing claims.
Use your critical voice to explain WHY you take the position.
Your paper must be between 2000-2500 words, typed using standard MLA formatting guidelines: double spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins all the way around, complete header, page numbers. If you are not sure how to format an essay using MLA, please see handout. Please stay within the word count guidelines as 10% of your grade is based on this. If you must go over the maximum, make sure it is by no more than 20% (3000 words total) as this is where I stop reading. You may NOT write less than the minimum. The minimum is for the essay ONLY and does not include your headers, title, or Works Cited page.
You must include a works cited page that includes both your primary source (the book) and your secondary sources. Submissions without a valid works cited page will not be graded and will receive a 0.
Please use the following citation for your primary source.
Kerman, Piper. Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison. Spiegel & Grau, 2011.
You will need to properly format your citations for your secondary sources. I suggest suing the “cite” button within the library DatabasesLinks to an external site. or the Purdue Owl Writing Lab
Topic Proposal Due May 30
Begin by reading the Research Paper Assignment sheet. Then, read “Appendix A: Writing from Research: What Will I Learn?” pages 2-16.
Your proposal formatting must follow the sample in SCC Appendix A on page 15-see above link. (Make sure you read the sample BEFORE completing your submission. Submissions that do not follow the sample will not receive full credit.
The proposal must be at least 1-full page single spaced.