Write a formal academic essay of at least 1200 words which substantively addresses in a coherent, unified, appropriate, and well-developed introduction to your essay, define and describe the characteristics of what your textbook refers to as “The Romantic Temper” and “Romanticism at Mid-Century.” Then, in no less than three supporting paragraphs using at least three primary sources you were assigned to read from the Romantic Era in American literature, situate both the authors and their works you were assigned to read within the context of the definition and description of the era you provide in your introduction. Write an appropriate and effectively developed conclusion for the essay. Make sure that your paper conforms to the margin settings (one inch) for the text of the paper as well as the header (1/2 inch from top, aligned at right margin). Use only Times New Roman, size 12 font. Do NOT use justified margin. Do NOT skip any extra lines. All pages should have a header, not heading which only goes on the first page, that includes your last name and the relevant page number in the upper right-hand corner, 1/2 inch from the top edge and one inch from the right edge. All direct quotes and paraphrases must have MLA style in-text citations. Your essay must include a Works Cited page that references the works which are cited in your essay. The Little, Brown Handbook contains examples of how to create entries for the Works Cited page. If you are only using the required textbook for this class, then follow the guidelines for citing a work(s) in an anthology (example 25, page 687) which differs from citing the anthology itself (example 24, page 687). Make sure your paper has an informative academic title. Don’t try to be too creative here. The title is your first opportunity to get into your reader’s head about what to expect in the paper. Don’t worry about length; in fact, in academic writing, longer titles tend to be better. Write a title that reflects the main idea of your essay. Capitalize all important words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs) in the title of your paper: article and prepositions can remain lower case unless one begins the first word in your title. Do not put in quotation marks, underline or italicize your own title. For this essay, write an appropriate introduction that logically, smoothly, and effectively sets up your thesis statement which appears at the end of the introduction. Make sure that each supporting paragraph begins with a topic sentence that states the main idea of that particular paragraph. Make sure that all information within each paragraph is related to the main idea of that paragraph and that no irrelevant or unconnected information is contained in the paragraph. Make sure that the main idea of each supporting paragraph is fully developed, leaving nothing for your reader to infer about what it is you are trying to say. Don’t try to say it; say it! Incorporate text from the primary sources, as well as chapter introductions, to illustrate and support the points you are making in your essay; this lends credibility to your analysis when you back it up with evidence from the texts of the narratives. Make sure that all textual evidence is effectively introduced, smoothly incorporated with your own writing, and fully elaborated upon as to how it illustrates the reason you chose to use it to begin with. You might need to go as far as describing: 1) who is saying the quote? 2) to whom is it being said? 3) in what context is it being delivered? and 4) what does it mean? Explain it. Elaborate upon it. Explain how it helps you make your point and supports your analysis (see section 43 in The Little, Brown Handbook).
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