English 1050 Project 3:  Unfamiliar Genre Project


Now that you have had some practice using persuasive techniques to support a thesis, you will begin learning how to use research as well. For this project, you will be randomly assigned a genre. For instance, you might be assigned “poetry” as a genre. Your task will be to become an expert in your genre. To do so, you will first need to research your genre and identify the common elements of your genre. You will then need to create an original work in your genre that demonstrates the elements of your genre.

The main focus of this project will be an annotated bibliography in which you list and summarize prominent examples of your genre and related scholarship. You will accompany your bibliography with a short summary of your research and the history of your genre. In your summary, you will not be expected to make a difficult argument. Instead, your aim is simply to organize and present the information you discover through your research in an ethical and understandable manner. The research skills you learn in this project will be crucial for Project 4.

Assignment Specifics

  • Elements Exercise:
    • You will first need to find four prominent examples of your genre, such as “Hamlet,” if you were assigned the drama genre.
      • Check out these examples from the library, download them, or note how you can access them. You will be using them again later for this project.
    • After looking through your examples, you will need to create a one-page list of bullet points detailing the “elements” you think are most characteristic of your genre.
      • In other words, what aspects (such as rhyming couplets or dialogue) do you think a work must generally include in order for it to be within your genre? It may help to think about what aspects make your genre’s examples different from examples from other genres.
    • Attach to your list a works cited page (MLA format) citing the four examples you used to create your list.
  • Original Work:
    • You will next need to create a 1-2 page (or equivalent) unique product within your genre.
      • The format should reflect the published examples in the genre and the elements of your elements exercise.
      • For example, if you are studying drama, write me a short scene for a play. If you are studying painting, paint me something.
    • Annotated Bibliography:
      • Finally, you will create an annotated works cited page including the following:
        • At least four examples of your genre (can be the same ones you used for your elements exercise)
        • At least ten scholarly books or articles.
          • You may rely upon electronic or print scholarly sources that have been peer reviewed, like articles from academic journals and books by experts in the field. You cannot cite to web pages that just happen to be at the top of your Google search results.
        • Your works cited page will be formatted like a normal MLA works cited page.
          • Use the tools found in your Easy Writer to cite thoroughly and accurately.
        • Under each citation, you will need to include three to five sentences describing and summarizing the source.
        • At the start of your annotated bibliography, write at least two to three pages in which you summarize the history of your genre and any reoccurring themes, ideas, or issues you discovered through your examples and scholarly sources.
          • You should probably do this last—after you are fully familiar with your sources.
          • Make sure to practice ethical citation in your summary using MLA style by including in-text citations for anything you borrow that is not common knowledge.

Due Dates

  • Elements Exercise: Due on March 3rd
    • Submit through Eli Review using the Project 3: Elements Exercise assignment.
  • Original Work: Due on March 20th
    • Submit through Elearning, if possible, using the Project 3: Original Work dropbox.
    • We will be discussing your work in class starting on the March 21st, so make sure to turn it in on time!
    • If you cannot upload it to Elearning for some reason, please email it to me or talk to me about an alternative way to turn in your original work.
  • Annotated Bibliography Rough Draft: Due March 20th
    • Submit through Eli Review using the Annotated Bibliography Rough Draft assignment
    • It is fine for this rough draft if you only manage to find all your sources but have not managed to summarize them yet. However, for your own well-being, I suggest you complete as much of the Annotated Bibliography assignment as you can.
  • Annotated Bibliography: Due March 27th
    • Submit though Elearning as a pdf using the Project 3: Final Draft dropbox.


  • Elements Exercise: 10%
  • Original Work: 10%
  • Annotated Bibliography Rough Draft: 10%
  • Annotated Bibliography Final Draft: 70%

Only your annotated bibliography final draft will be graded rigorously. For your elements exercise, original work, and annotated bibliography rough draft, I will assign grades using the check system. See the class syllabus for more details.

This project will comprise 25% of your final grade for the class.

Late Work

  • Your elements exercise, original work, and annotated bibliography rough draft may be turned in late for a possible check minus any time prior to the final exam period at the end of the semester.
  • Your final draft may also be turned in late any time prior to the final exam period. However, your grade on your final draft will decrease by 5% for every day overdue up to a maximum penalty of 30%.
  • Technological difficulties are not an excuse.


After you receive your grade for your annotated bibliography final draft, I will permit you to turn in a revised version once to try to get a better grade. To receive a better grade, however, your revised version must demonstrate substantial improvement and revision. Superficial changes will not result in a better grade. You are encouraged to meet with me prior to turning in your revised version.

If you choose to revise your final draft, you may turn it in at any time in the semester prior to the scheduled final exam period. However, any late penalties you received from turning in your final draft late the first time will carry over to your revised version. You may turn in your revised version through Elearning as a pdf using the Revision dropbox.


English 1050 Project 3 Assignment