The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz is set in Paterson, New Jersey, and the Dominican Republic. For your assignment you will need to know how to:
Topics to research
To find information on your topic, search databases with combinations of words that gain results, such as "emigration AND Dominican Republic".
Take one page of Cornell notes on the topic and create a presentation for the class.
How do you judge whether a website is credible? This CRAAP TEST gives you guidelines to ascertain a website's credibility. Some of the hallmarks of a credible website are:
Also, be aware of the domain name, the last three letters in the webiste's url. To determine who the author of the website is, look at the bottom of the page for an institution, organization or individual's name. The domain name - the last three letters of the website's url - will tell you what type of organization runs and maintains the website.
Part of your assignment is to write a clear thesis statement with a definite point of view and a sense of conviction. During the semester, you will be required to write at least five essays.
Learning how to develop your ideas and organize your thoughts will help you finish your papers more easily. In addition to your Online Writing Lab for English 849, you may find Purdue OWL's Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements.