Stop the presses! This email came in at 1:45pm today:
I have to write a 4-6 page paper (due today) on a theory. My teacher gave us the theories - marxist, feminism, postcolonial, queer, and cultural materialism. I have no idea what any of them mean, except feminism, and i can't find any info to help me online. i have to write the paper using one of these theories and one of the stories i've read thus far; Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Piers Plowman, Canterbury Tales (General Prologue, Pardoner's Prologue and Tale, Wife of Bath, Miller's Prologye and Tale, and the Closing), Everyman, and The Second Shepherds' Play. I have no idea what to do and this paper is due at 4:30 today. can you help me ????
Maybe! If you type really fast, stay off FB, and follow my five-step plan, you might have something resembling a paper to give your teacher at
Today, I bring you a guest post from SparkLife blogger Jon Skindzier. Enjoy!
When it comes to research papers, students fall into one of three categories: Lucky kids, who wrote their first research papers in middle school (though at the time it probably felt more like a mix of jail time and English than it did luck), confident kids who aren't intimidated by anything, and then a third group, to whom the first paper is a lengthy enigma worth half a grade.
Often they wind up terrified and unprepared, blundering around at the last minute with a haphazard stack of cryptic, out-of-order index cards. They feel like they've just been robbed by the Riddler. You do not want to be in this group, but if you are, here's a list of vital research paper do's and don'ts: