Research analysis of a contemporary fairy

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Research analysis of a contemporary fairy tale 25%. This assignment has a research component and requires the student to synthesize a number of resources in connection with a contemporary fairy tale.


DUE:               Week 12.  Monday, December 7 – Midnight  (Day of Class)

Structure:        APA style essay – no headings

Research:         Use at least 5 reliable sources, including the readings and at least 1 critical essay from our course text.

Length:            1500 words (approx. 5 to 6 double spaced pages)


Respond to ONE of the following topics. (Note that I have removed topic #4)



  1. Explore how the power of art (storytelling) is presented from the perspective of the artist, the audience, and the message in Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Shrek2 and one short story, The Happy Prince or Ugly Duckling.


  1. Analyze Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Haroun and the Sea of Stories in their approach to the presentation of the modern hero’s journey. Consider how the concerns of the modern hero are not only about being the best version of the self but also of something much bigger.


  1. Discuss the satirical politicization of the modern fairy tale in two of the following: Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Spirited Away, Mickey Mouse Monopoly and Shrek2 as they tackle any ONE modern day issue such as discrimination, poverty, environmentalism, industrialization, free speech, relationships, or the generation gap.




Grading Rubric


–          Effective thesis

–          Clear purpose – unique perspective

–          Subject is narrowed and connected to the themes reviewed in class

–          All paragraphs clearly support the thesis


–          Well organized

–          Clear main ideas – parallel in context and meaning

–          Logical flow

–          Can be seen as following an effective outline

Strong introduction – body – conclusion

Development: sophistication of thinking

–          Effective analysis – demonstrates original thinking and understating of the readings deeper meaning

–          Use of literary devices to explore text

–          Use of textual support to back opinion (ie quotes)

–          Use of research to back interpretation

Research and Documentation

–          Document presentation (APA Title page etc)

–          In-text / parenthetical citations (all references must be cited within the running text of the essay)

–          Accurate list of references in the APA style

–          Adequate number of references

–          Reliable sources used (ie at least 2 academic sources)


Style and Mechanics

–          Grammar

–          Punctuation

–          APA  presentation of  document

–          Style appropriate to college level writing





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