To classify and analyze different theories regarding your unsolved mystery.
Write a paper that classifies three to five theories (or groups of theories) about your unsolved mystery. Adopt third person POV, formal phrasing, and an objective tone.
The paper should be 1200 to 1800 words. If less than 1200 words, it will be considered incomplete.
The paper should comprise four parts (though these should not be labeled in the paper):
Introduction. Begin with an attention-getter related to your topic. Then introduce the mystery and briefly preview your theories in the order in which you will treat them.
Background. Before you explore theories, acquaint the reader with any necessary details about the mystery, perhaps a short history of events. Keep this section short, no longer than a paragraph or two. Do not just list facts; connect them.
Classification. This is the main part of the paper. Discuss each theory in detail. Use source material for support, but connect it to what you have to say and cite appropriately using MLA. You may use multiple paragraphs to discuss each theory; this is not a five-paragraph essay. (For more on paragraphs, visit OWL’s page.) Be sure to connect ideas and paragraphs with smooth and specific transitions.
Conclusion. Conclusions may be the hardest thing to write. Here are some links providing advice. Use them:
Effective Conclusions (U of Chicago)
Writing Conclusions (U of Richmond)
You also need a Works Cited, using MLA (no annotations). It should be a separate page at the end of your document (not a separate document). It should document at least five sources and should contain at least two not used in your P1. As usual, reference works and fiction do not count. Important: Every work listed in your Works Cited must be cited at least once in the paper.
Your paper must have a title and a subtitle. The title grabs attention; the subtitle indicates the topic. An example:
Death in Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt
The Murder of Tutankhamen
I will respond with a letter grade and comments. I grade papers holistically based on:
effective development of ideas
proper use and citation of sources
effective introduction and conclusion
quality of writing (revision and editing)
Works Cited with required sources (in MLA format)
proper paper format
Review the mini-lecture on classification; in fact, review all the mini-lectures so far.
Review the sample paper linked in Canvas (where you found these instructions).
Consider asking peers to comment on your writing, using the discussion board perhaps.
Use the P2 Rubric (same place where you found these instructions) to double check your paper.
Handle sources with care, cite properly, and be sure to avoid plagiarism (policy 4 in the syllabus).