For this paper, you will likely want to do some research on Harry Potter
(or one of the other texts).
There are several texts that take oppositional points on the text, like
Harry Potter and the Bible:
The Menace Behind the Magick
or Connie Neal's
What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter.
There are also sources available through the library, including
videotaped lectures by
and/or Sallee Beneke. 'You may want to do some research online or to see what issues--literary, social, or political--have
relevance to the Harry Potter novel and world, keeping in mind that the
most credible sources are academic journals which can be accessed
through the library's databases with your student ID. Likewise,
arguments or claims made in reference to Harry Potter may apply to Harry
Dresden or Ellysetta Baristani.
You may use
a given topic or create your own arguable claim of value to form your
thesis. If you create your own, please e-mail me with your thesis for
approval. As with your last paper, please narrow your topic enough to
be addressed in four to five pages.
this paper I expect and require you to
quote from the novel to make or support your points, and to cite them in
accordance with MLA style.
Again, the suggestions in the revision flow charts from the text will likely
help your essay's quality. Likewise, you may again have your essay read
by a reader in the Writing
Center on campus, but if
you do so, make sure you bring in a copy of this assignment sheet with
your draft and remember that the lab requires a 48 hour turn around
time, so plan ahead. Having your paper at the lab is not a valid
excuse for attempting to turn it in late.
main difficulties you may have in this paper will be in narrowing your
focus enough and in presenting your claims logically and persuasively
while refuting the opposing views. Straying to emotional appeals
while disregarding rational arguments or adding irrelevant information
may also cause you some difficulty.
essay should be double-spaced, laser-printed, carefully edited and
proofread, and stapled before you turn it in. You should have a heading
with your name, my name, the course title and section number, and date
on it. You must give the paper number and the title a line of their own, and
your last name and the page number should appear at the top right of
each page, after your first page. This paper should be four to five
pages in length with one-inch margins, not including the Work or Works
Cited page. In addition to quoting from a Potter novel, I also
expect to see at least three secondary sources being used, as well.
Harry Potter is/is not a
hero on an epic quest.
The Harry Potter series
Harry Potter and
the Sorcerer's Stone is/is not a literary work of art.
The Harry Dresden novels are
more compatible with Christian religious philosophy than the Harry
The Fading Lands novels are compatible with Christian philosophy.
Harry Potter and the
assignments based upon it in this class have increased your knowledge or
appreciation of a particular IVCC general education goal.
Note: In each of these,
you need to define the criteria to be used to judge the argument.
For example, you'd need to define what an epic hero is before you
determine whether Harry is one.
Your rough draft
is due at the beginning of class for
peer review the class meeting
before its due date.