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  • Thesis Statement=Yellow (Last sentence or two of introduction paragraph)
  • Countering Move=Blue (This is when you are using a quote or idea from one of your outside sources and countering that person’s ideas. You need a minimum of one countering move.)

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English 124 Instructor: Sarah Martin Watchmen Research Paper 150 points Overview Provide an in-depth exploration of the graphic novel Watchmen. You will apply one of the five critical approaches we discussed (historical, psychological, gender, eco-critical, or Marxist) while emphasizing the graphic (visual) elements in your evidence. Your essay must be 2000-3000 words, not including the Works Cited page. Further, you must cite 5-10 credible sources— peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles or professionally published books— and document them using MLA format and the Grossmont College Library databases. Audience, Evidence, and Structure Assume that while your readers have already read Watchmen, they have not read the outside sources you will be providing to back up your claims. Ø Begin each body paragraph with a claim that relates clearly back to your thesis statement. In other words, do not let your outside sources drive the structure of your essay by simply summarizing what others have to say. Be sure your thesis statement and claims all clearly reflect one of the critical approaches. Ø Find sources that are credible and appropriate. Refer back to “Researching Credible Sources” for help on how to navigate the article databases on the Grossmont College Library’s web site. Ø Quote, paraphrase, and summarize amply, including chapter and page numbers. In addition, you need to effectively integrate your 5-10 outside sources. Use standard MLA format to cite these, and follow the 5-step process laid out for you in “Quoting Sources Using MLA.” Ø Incorporate evidence from both the graphic novel and an outside source in each body paragraph—this includes both quotes and images. When referencing any examples from Watchmen, cite the chapter, page, and panel number. Ø Include at least one countering move. This will be highlighted blue. How to Use both Forwarding & Countering Moves with Outside Sources · Support your own ideas with the prestige of established critics’ names, essentially augmenting your authority via academic name-dropping. · Disagree with a known critic, challenging his or her ideas. Do not be intimidated by big names: Your challenge more than likely will be welcome to many readers who share your disagreement. · Accept a critic’s general statement and apply it specifically—perhaps in ways not originally intended by the critic. · Conversely you can accept a critic’s specific statement and apply it generally. · You do not need to find critics who write expressly about your topic. In fact, the stronger, the more original your thinking, the less likely it will be that you will find such specific support. Instead find critics who develop related ideas.


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