This assignment asks you to synthesize and reflect critically on 5 relevant sources that you are
planning on using for your Essay #4 (Note: more than 5 sources will help you write a stronger paper if all the sources are relevant). Writing the bibliography before your thesis will help you determine what you want to argue because the research will ensure that your essay is successful.
Your bibliography should contain 5 entries, and should meet the following criteria:
- 2 academic, peer-reviewed journal articles about a Monsters
- A popular newspaper or newsmagazine article about a Monster
- A credible website (one that fulfills the CARS test) with information about the Monster
- A primary source about the Monster (including but not limited to movement organization website, print or online interviews with movement activists, movement documents or art, activist generated writing, documentaries featuring living movement activists, etc.)
- 3 Choice sources
For each of your sources, you should include an entry with relevant publication information in MLA format.
Your annotations for each of your 5 sources should do the following
o summarize the source (chapter, book, article, or the like).
o identify the piece’s argument (or main point) & list 2-3 subpoints
o discuss the source’s strengths and weaknesses. For instance,
- Is it credible?
- Is it accurate?
- Is it reasonable?
- Does it offer support?
o describe how this piece will contribute to your research project.
o Each annotation should be a ½ page to 1-page double-spaced.
Connection to Essay #4:
All the sources used in the annotated bibliography MUST be used in essay #4. Failing to include one of the sources may result in a failing grade.
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New
York: Anchor Books, 1995.
Lamott’s book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the realities of being a writer, the chapters in Lamott’s book are wry and anecdotal and offer advice on everything from plot development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling with one’s own internal critic. In the process, Lamott includes writing exercises designed to be both productive and fun. Lamott offers sane advice for those struggling with the anxieties of writing, but her main project seems to be offering the reader a reality check regarding writing, publishing and struggling with one’s own imperfect humanity in the process. Rather than a practical handbook for producing and/or publishing, this text is indispensable because of its honest perspective, its down-to-earth humor, and its encouraging approach. Chapters in this text could easily be included in the curriculum for a writing class. Several of the chapters in Part 1 address the writing process and would serve to generate discussion on students’ own drafting and revising processes. Some of the writing exercises would also be appropriate for generating classroom writing exercises. Students should find Lamott’s style both engaging and enjoyable.