Literary Research Dinner Party
Part 1: Plan
Remember this paper is not a traditional essay with an intro, body, and close, so follow instructions closely.
Put the heading Part 1: Party Plan and separate each section (paragraph) under the part.
Part 1: Party Plan
Choose four people from this semester’s readings to invite to a dinner party. Your guest list may include both writers of the literature and a character from the literature. You will be hosting the party, so there will be five people total at this party. (Limit guest list to 1 character, so focus is mainly on authors.) You may look ahead to works we have not covered in our schedule yet.
Break each part of your party plan into separate paragraphs.
Explain in detail why you have invited each person. Include at least 1 quote or more from textbook editors about each author in this section. Choose quotes which best fit your explanations of why you are inviting each guest. Remember if you refer to any wording from the textbook editors, be sure to quote and cite to avoid plagiarism.
Note if you invite a guest and there is no textbook editors’ quote about this guest, then you go quote from the work. Find something about the quality of the guest from either what he or she says or what another character says.
Quotes can be full lines, phrases, or several words.
Total quotes required for this paragraph: 4
Keep in mind you may place the 2 database quotes where they fit best. **If you have chosen to include more than 1 database source, then you can quote 1 time from each database to fulfill this requirement. Avoid making the database quotes the main focus of the paper. Select key quotes which enhance your paper and go beyond the work or the textbook editors.
Describe the occasion, and suit the occasion to the group. In other words, considering who is in the group.
What kind of dinner party should it be?
Where should it take place? Describe the setting.
Vividly describe the menu: appetizers, main dish(es), side dishes, drinks, dessert(s), after-dinner drinks, etc. . . . Plated or buffet?
Should the guests dress in a certain way? Be very specific.
Will you have any dinner music/entertainment?
Determine and describe the seating arrangement.
Who would enjoy talking with whom and why?
What would they discuss?
Who should not sit beside one another and why?
Where will you sit, and why?
Discuss the four questions you will ask the guest on your left and right.
Ask the two people a different set of 4 questions.
Explain why you wish to ask them these questions.
Make them interesting as if you really were planning to talk with these people at your party.
You may ask about the person’s life, work, influence, or even current events, but be sure to include questions that relate to this person or work. (You do not have to provide answers. These are things you wished you had the answers to.) Note this is not 4 questions per guest, but 4 questions on the person sitting on your immediate left and your immediate right.
Separate the questions instead of putting them all in one sentence. Decide if you are going to write about the questions directly or indirectly.
Indirect questions: I would like to ask Bronte who is her favorite character. Next, I would like to know if she had any favorite authors who inspired her to write.
Direct questions: I would ask Bronte, "Who is your favorite character and why?" Then, I would inquire, "Do you have any favorite authors who inspired you to write?"
Add anything else you plan for the evening beyond the dinner. Close this section reflecting on the party and what you hope will happen for both your and the guests. Develop this into a paragraph. Avoid having just a sentence or two. Check the rubric for the value of each paragraph.
Note: Work in the 2 required database quotes where they fit best. You may put 1 database quote in Part 1 and another in Part 2, or put both quotes in the same section. Avoid having both quotes follow each other though. Remember you need only 1 relevant database source. If you wish you can include 2, but do not exceed. See more details in Virtual Library Database source item in module.
Tense is sometimes an issue when writing this paper. If you refer to something which is set in the past like something specific about the author, then that would be past tense like Douglass was a slave who suffered harsh conditions, but if you invite him to the party, you would talk about him as if he were alive like "I invited Frederick Douglass because he is such an inspiration." Let me know if you have any questions about verb tense
Literary Research Paper Dinner Party
Part 2: Invitation
Do this heading to start Part 2: Part 2: Party Invitation
This is the next page after Part 1.
Do each section in a different paragraph. Tab each paragraph except the greeting and the closing sign off.
1. Start with some type of greeting like "Dear Guests" or a catchy greeting that will appeal to your chosen guests.
2. For the 1st paragraph, formally invite your guests, including when and where the dinner party will take place. Tell the guests any details you think might entice them to attend. Use persuasive writing to make the party attractive to each guest based on what you know about him or her and/or that person’s writing or character. Part 1 is more for your reader; the invite is written especially to appeal to your guests.
Include at least 2 new quotes from textbook editors in this section. Do not use the same quotes you used in Part I.
Remember you also need the 2 database quotes where they fit best in your paper.
3. For the 2nd paragraph, share the guest list, making the assumption that guests are unfamiliar with one another. To help guests know each other better, quote and cite at least 1 time from each guest’s writing. For a character, you may quote/cite from a work to prove the character’s traits or quote and cite info about character from textbook editors.
Note: If you are inviting several guests from the same work, you may assume they know each other, but keep in mind the other guests do not.
4. For the 3rd paragraph, discuss why the invited guests will be pleased to dine with one another. Be specific.
5. For the 4th paragraph, end with a very persuasive appeal for the guest to attend. What can you say to encourage each guest to attend the event?
6. Add some type of closing sign-off like "Cordially yours" or "Sincerely," skip several lines, and type your name. If you wish to use a more cursive/handwriting font to sign you name, that is fine.
7. Several lines after close, put your word count over the minimum. Do not count the cover page. Count only Parts 1 and 2. Ex: 1,020/800
Total quotes for this section: 6
Plus keep in mind you will be working in the 2 database quotes somewhere in Part 1 and/or Part 2 where they fit best. Remember not to put both right after each other. See more in the virtual library source section in this module.
Check rubric for how much each section of this part is worth.
Caution: Especially watch plagiarism in this part. Watch using info from textbook as your own. Be sure to quote direct quotes and acknowledge sources. Avoid any online research and keep focus on textbook and/or database source.
Download the student sample to see how this student approached the invite.
The tone in this part should be very persuasive. You are literally arguing why this event is not to be missed, and you will also show your understanding of each guest and how they might interact if brought together
I also need a quote for the actual paper:
Overview of Literary Research Paper:
Ultimate Literary Dinner Party
In this module, you are nearing the end of the course and have progressively developed critical thinking and research skills necessary for the major writing assignment. This learning activity is a creative and reflective approach to the traditional research paper.
Value: 45 points for stages of the paper and 125 points for the final
Word count of final paper: 800 words or more (note this includes only the 2 main "sections" of the paper, not the cover page or works cited)
See more about the points and final grade percentage for this assignment in the syllabus.
You can also see the rubric for the assignment which will show the point breakdown and serves as the final checklist.
Plan the ultimate dinner party with any 4 of your favorite authors (or a mix of 3 authors and 1 character) from works we have studied.
For your choice of authors/characters, perhaps look for guests who have something in common or maybe you can find a theme for your party which suits certain guests. You may choose all guests from the same literary movement, or you can mix guests from different literary movements.
Note this paper is not a traditional essay. It has a cover page, Part 1, Part 2, and the works cited as the main parts of the research paper.
This paper has formal research components like quoting from works, textbook editors, and an RODP Virtual Library database source and documenting sources on a works cited page, but its context is very creative.
You have a chance to bring these 4 quests to life and show how much you have learned during the class about the literary movements, authors, and works.
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