You assignment is to write a thoughtful analysis on a topic or concept related to death, dying or the afterlife from Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8 ( from The Sacred Art of Dying by Kemmeth Kramer)that you found interesting. This should not be your personal views on the topic; you need to introduce the topic with your main idea, provide information (define, summarize, explain concept), analyze and support your analysis, then reflect using your own life experience.
Instructions: Organize your paper as outlined below: INTRODUCE the topic with a brief introduction and state your main idea / main point of your paper DEFINE and SUMMARIZE the topic with relevant information Include a CRITICAL ANALYSIS: This means provide RESEARCH on your topic, ANALYZE it, then EVALUATE it REFLECT – what meaning does the topic convey or present in relation to your own life experience Conclusion – Sum up your thoughts in a brief paragraph to conclude your paper
Paper set up:
2-3 pages in length (500 – 700 words), typed, double-spaced 12 pt. (Everything must be double-spaced) with one inch margins on all sides
Follow the MLA style format for name/date… heading and a title for your essay. Here is the link to Owl Purdue MLA Guidelines. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ Heading: double-space – Your name, the course number, your professor’s name, and the date typed in the upper right hand corner of the first page of your paper (no cover sheet). Include a title for your essay. Center the title of your paper at the top of your essay (below the heading).
Plagiarism. You must be sure to cite your sources properly when you a quote, fact or idea, or paraphrase information from the textbook and other sources source, or you may be guilty of plagiarism. All citations must be parenthetically noted in your text in MLA format. Example: (Kramer 27)
Be sure to include a “Works Cited” page at the end of your paper. List textbook, article, website you have cited as sources for your information.
REMEMBER>>>>>>>>>>>>> Always include a title for your paper Everything must be double-spaced, and 12 pt. font. Always include an in-text citation for any quote or paraphrased ideas taken from other sources that you use in your paper. (See MLA citation guide) DO NOT use a quote more than 2 typed lines long. (Points will be taken off for this) If you don’t give proper citation, you are plagiarizing someone else’s words and ideas. When you use a quote, explain it. Avoid using words like “interesting, wonderful, amazing, awesome, beautiful…” There are subjective opinions and do not add to your analysis. DO NOT USE terms like – “I will write about…, In my opinion, In my essay, I will discuss…, As I just said…, I want to add…,” JUST WRITE. Never use “You” when writing academic essays. Think of me as your audience to avoid addressing your reader by saying “you should, you can, etc. THIS IS NOT YOUR PERSONAL STORY – FOCUS ON THE TOPIC