Research Essay

Prompt (what you are writing about):
Who is Harper Lee and how is her life reflected in To Kill a Mockingbird?

This assignment focuses on your ability to: evaluate researched source materials to be
academic, valid, and reliable; to incorporate research fluidly into an essay format; to cite researched
information properly in APA format.
The purpose of completing this assignment is: learning how to research valid and reliable
sources is an important lifelong skill for school, career, and personal life. You will need to know how
to synthesize researched information and present it effectively.
You must have at least two outside sources (does not include TKA Mockingbird) that are
academic and reliable.
Create an essay that is at least two pages and relates the following information:
o Information on who is author Harper Lee
o How is her life reflected in To Kill a Mockingbird?
Be sure to avoid plagiarism and put the researched information in to your own words. Do not
cut and paste!
Note: This is a research essay and not an argumentative essay. The skills reflected are to find
academic and reliable sources and use them in a research-based essay.

The title page and reference page are also required, but they should not be factored into the
2-3 page length of the essay.
Essay should conform to APA formatting and citation style.
Use the third-person, objective voice, avoiding personal pronouns such as I, you, we, etc.
Create a properly formatted APA reference page.
Use APA format for in-text citations and reference citations for To Kill a Mockingbird and
outside sources

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