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ENGL 1102 with Professor Kay Harrison: Intro and Assignment

This research guide provides resources to help with the assignments in Kay Harrison's ENGL 1102 course.

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Welcome to the research guide for ENGL 1102 with Kay Harrison!  On this guide, you will find resources to help you with your annotated bibliography and essay assignment.  There is also a page to provide in-depth guidance on citing the sources you choose for your assignment.

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Assignment Instructions

You will be working on a persuasive essay that involves a statement that you will relate to any of the characters in the stories we have read thus far.  You must decide if you agree or disagree with the statement, then use information from the stories as evidence.  You will need to explore other sources, such as psychological or sociological sources to support your opinion.  These outside sources, with the literature, will support your initial opinion of the statement.  Please keep in mind that the focus is the literature as it applies to the statement. The outside sources will serve as additional support. 

Select one of the following statements and agree or disagree, based on the literature we have read thus far.  You may select several characters to use as support for your opinion or use fewer if you go into more depth. 

  • “People change when on the precipice of destruction.” 
  • “In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.”
  • “Man is the sum of his misfortunes."
  • “The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice."