The purpose of the annotated bibliography is twofold: first, we want you to sharpen your research skills; second, we want you to become experts on Catcher in the Rye! You will follow the MLA style in your Hacker.

What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is really just a bibliography with notes. To complete an annotated bibliography, read what has been said about Catcher and create a bibliography entry (just as you do for any Works Cited or Bibliography Page). Then, write a brief summary of the essay (100-150 words each). As you would for the Works Cited or Bibliography page, arrange these entries alphabetically in good word-processed form.


How many annotations are we to have?

You are to complete 4 annotations. If they are done correctly, you will receive a 75. For each additional entry, you will receive 2 to 6 points, depending on how well they are done. You may attempt no more than 12 entries and can receive no grade higher than 100.

Where do we find the essays?

Everywhere. We will go to the library together, at which time Mrs. Lambert will acquaint you with various resources, some of which will be put on reserve.

Of your annotations,

1) one must be from a book found in the library;

2) one must be from periodicals, journals, or literary resources not on the Internet;

3) one must be from an on-line or other computer source not found in hard copy;

4) and additional annotations should be spaced rather evenly between the three choices above.

How do we do the write-up?

A descriptive annotation briefly summarizes the contents of a source; an evaluative annotation reviews the source, stating its value as a work of criticism. We will do a combination of both, starting each annotation with a description and ending with an evaluation.


How will I be graded?

I hope that most of you will receive an A or B. An A paper will show evidence of the following:

  • initiative. You will need to demonstrate hard and creative work.
  • mastery of research skills. Your bibliography entries will be flawless.
  • ability to read critically. Your annotations will show an accurate understanding of the text.
  • ability to summarize. Your annotations will show that you are able to prioritize information, develop a thesis, and accurately present the critic's position.
  • ability to write. You will show good sentence sense and grammar/usage proficiency. Good sentence sense implies a certain sophistication of style--use of subordination, parallel structure, sentence variety, word choice, effective transitions, organizational skills, etc.
  • overall effectiveness of piece.

A B paper will follow the criteria for an A paper but with less polish. If you make below a B, there is a problem. Either you have not followed directions, not completed the assignment, plagiarized, or shown a noted lack of composition and/or grammar proficiency. If your grade is below B-, make an appointment to meet with me.


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