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Composition II


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Ms. Alfaro's English 1302 class will be writing a research paper. Students will choose an essay topic based on one of the following themes.

Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition Theme
African Americans in Texas: Past and Present. Essays should focus on individuals or groups who are not well-known figures but who have made significant contributions to African American History or culture in Texas. Students should look first to their local communities for possible essay topics.

Latino History Essay Competition Theme 
Historical and cultural legacies of Latinos in Texas history. Essays should focus on a prominent or relatively unknown Latino individual, organization or movement in Texas history. How has the subject of the essay significantly influenced today's Latino communities?

For this particular assignment, you will want to gather authoritative information from a variety of sources. The hardest part of the assignment will be choosing your topic. Once you have selected your topic, you will want to gather information from books, journal articles, and authoritative websites. The tabs at the top of this guide will provide information and links to these resources.

Steps to a research essay

Overview of Essay Writing

Literature Databases

Gale Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Literary Reference Center

Full-text files for plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, literary criticisms (opinion), book reviews, and more

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