• Hero Assignment (Carson & Urbaniak)


    In this assignment, you will be planning and writing a research-based essay in which you persuade your audience that three different types of individuals can be considered heroes due to these universal traits. Support your position with thoroughly researched examples.  Your examples must be taken from one of each of the following categories: history, literature, and current events.   Each of your heroic figures must possess one or more of these universally heroic qualities and commit heroic actions and/or deeds.

    Although students are encouraged to create their own definition of a hero, they may use the following list to brainstorm. 
    A hero is a person:
    • of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities;
    • with super-human powers;
    • who founds a nation or race;
    • who rescues his or her people;
    • who is admired and trusted by those he or she leads for fairness, trustworthiness, compassion,
    wisdom, courtesy or self-control;
    • who possesses an unusual talent that helps people;
    • who perseveres in the face of great trials or seemingly impossible obstacles;
    • who places the welfare of others above his or her own.

    What is Expected

    Useful Research Site(s)Citations

    Real-life/ modern day heroic figure
    o    Background information on Real-life/ modern day figure (1-3 sentences)
    o    Explanation of heroic qualities that the Real-life/ modern day figure possesses

    (1-2 sentences)
    o    Quotation and textual evidence proving heroic qualities existed within

    Real-life/ modern day figure chosen (1 sentence)
    o    Explanation of quotation and textual proof (1-2 sentences)
    o    Transition sentence into concluding paragraph (1 sentence)

    Explore the CNN Heroes site

    (*Note- You can also look at the heroes from

    the past five years.)

    For example:

    Torgan, Allie, Sumnima Udas, and Sanjiv Talreja. "Acid Attacks, Poison: What Afghan Girls Risk by Going to School."CNN. Cable News Network, 01 April 2012. Web. 21 Apr. 2013.

    Historical figure that would be considered a hero.
    o    Background information on historical figure (1-3 sentences)
    o    Explanation of heroic qualities that the historical figure possesses (1-2 sentences)
    o    Quotation and textual evidence proving heroic qualities existed within

    historical figure chosen (1 sentence)
    o    Explanation of quotation and textual proof (1-2 sentences)
    o    Transition sentence into next heroic figure (1 sentence)

    If you do not have an historical figure in mind, explore the Nobel Prize Winner or Military Award Winner categories on http://www.biography.com/people/groups/nobel-prize#awesm=~oCfYwOC6YPIdtQ

    .

    If you have a person in mind, use

    Biography in Context (through DISCUS) to get more information.

    *Both of these websites provide citations.

    Look for the words 'Cite.'

    Literary figure that would be considered a hero.
    o    Background information on literary figure (1-3 sentences)
    o    Explanation of heroic qualities that the literary figure possesses (1-2 sentences)
    o    Quotation and textual evidence proving heroic qualities existed within

    literary figure chosen (1 sentence)
    o    Explanation of quotation and textual proof (1-2 sentences)
    o    Transition sentence into next heroic figure (1 sentence)

    For Carson's English 1 classes, you will choose the hero from

    either To Kill A Mockingbird or Lord of the Flies.

    For Carson's English 2 classes, you will choose the hero from either Antigone or Tuesdays With Morrie.

    For Urbaniak's classes, you came into the library weeks

    ago to find a hero book so you should already have your hero chosen.

    Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.  Medium of Publication.

    Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.

    If you are unable to use the online resources, there are books available in the library. 

    Look at the Hero Assignment Resource list.

    Don't forget to CITE EVERYTHING!

    General Requirements of the Assignment
    Topic
    •    The topic must be focused-  three qualities/three figures
    •    The three figures that you choose must be approved by your teacher.  

    Length
    •    Minimum of 2-3 typed pages (not including Works Cited Page. Please note your paper MUST BE TYPED and in proper MLA format)

    Manuscript preparation
    •    Must follow MLA standards
    •    Must be typed
    •    Must use “Times Roman” 12-point font
    •    Must follow other specifications as outlined in the MLA manuscript packet


    Sources
    •    Online sources must be authentic and reliable.  MANY online sources may not present reliable, valid, and documented criticism.  Google and similar search engines offer a wide range of information—some reliable, some not. Authenticity and reliability of sources need to be checked. For this research, your sources should be limited to print materials and the databases covered in the library with Mr. Moore or ones approved by the teacher.  Unless otherwise approved by the teacher, other materials will not be approved as legitimate resources.
    •    Students are encouraged to read and research several sources (books, magazines, journals, etc.). 
    •    Students must have a minimum of three sources.
    •    No WIKIPEDIA!



    Internal Citations
    •    Students’ research papers must have at least three properly cited internal citations, giving credit to research source (prepared according to MLA).


    Works Cited
    •    Each source or “work” that is cited in the research paper MUST be listed on the “Works Cited” page.
    •    Therefore, there must be a minimum of three sources on the “Works Cited” page, and sources MUST be listed alphabetically

    Use Noodletools to create your works cited page(s).

    Reminders
    •    DO NOT use first person (“I”) anywhere in your paper except the introduction or conclusion.
    •    DO NOT use second person (“you”)
    •    DO NOT use contractions

    Plagiarism
    DO NOT use weak words, phrases, and language.  This is one of the most formal pieces of writing students will produce; therefore, it should reflect abstract thinking, strong vocabulary, a significant deep understanding of the subject, and advanced composition and organizational skills.
    DO NOT PLAGIARIZE:    To plagiarize is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own…without crediting the source” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1977).  The purpose of research is, indeed, to read and explore others’ ideas and information on particular topics.  The researcher should use those ideas to deepen his/her understanding of the subject.  Those ideas may be and should be included in academic research.  However, the researcher must cite (give credit) to the original source for ideas, words, sentences, quotes that are not his/her own. 

    New information:  If the researcher uses information that is not “common knowledge” to most people, he/she may paraphrase the information and cite it.

    If the researcher finds information that he/she feels is best kept in its original form, he/she may choose to keep the language just as it is, add quotation marks to distinguish that the statement comes from another source, and then properly document (give credit to) the source using internal citations in accordance with the MLA format.

    Whether paraphrasing or using direct quotes, the student researcher should “lead in” to the new information making it “flow” and connect with existing information.  Though such information is vital to quality research, it should never appear to have been “thrown in.”

    WARNINGS: 

    FIRST, do not fill papers with major sections of quotations from sources even IF they have been cited properly.  One purpose of this paper is for the student to read and study related information and then to use the information to construct his/her own analysis and summary.  A mere regurgitation of someone else’s words is not acceptable.

    SECOND, DO NOT PLAGIARIZE ANY INFORMATION.  “Cutting and pasting” from existing documents without any documentation or citation is plagiarism and will result in a grade of zero (0).

    FINALLY, plagiarism of any nature is unethical and will result in a grade of zero (0).