An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (50-100 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph (the annotation). The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
You will need 8 entries and a ‘Working’ Thesis. Six of your sources must be outside sources. Two can be from the book. Looking ahead, you may want to consider which sources you will use for your final paper but you may find that additional research is necessary. MLA guidelines are required.
In this class, we have discussed the idea of ‘Myth’ and Narrative. We have covered, or will cover in whole or in part, the ‘Myth’ of Education, the ‘Frontier Myth’ and touched on the idea of History and Social Connectedness (mostly in relation to how America views itself). Any one of these avenues might be a good starting point.
For the final essay, research a ‘Cultural Myth’ of your choosing (a belief that guides a particular ‘Role’ or ‘Social Script’. It can be one we have discussed in the class or one that you come up with yourself.
Your goal will be to then identify and explore how and why this ‘Myth’ gained its power, any contradictions that arise in its practical application. For example, how both Education and “American Exceptionalism” are flawed and contradicted by history and a dehumanizing school system. This paper will be longer, (8-10 pages) and will require at least 6 outside sources, two of which must be Academic in Nature. This is the threshold minimum. I would encourage you to use any of the texts we have gone over if they seem to suit your needs but keep in mind that they do not count as ‘outside’ sourcing. Use MLA format.