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Essay Research:  –


by Elie Wiesel

Topics: Choose one of the following:

How did the relationship between Elie and his father change in the course of the year on which the book focuses?  How do you account for that change? Use examples.

How has Elie tried to keep you from responding to his story the way he and his father once responded to the one Moishe the Beadle told them at the beginning?

Choose one of the


of Night and trace its relevance throughout Elie’s experience.

Breakdown of Research Essay:

3-5 Secondary Sources

from Database/Books – use at least

6 quotes total

from these sources. You must quote from each source at least one time, so if there is one source that is better and you want to quote from it multiple times and use the others less, that is fine, as long as the total for secondary source quotes equals 6. Each source you use must be in the

Works Cited

Attributive Tag


first time

you use a source/author with his or her first and last name.

Primary Source

(Night)- use at least

3 direct quotes with proper citation.


Final Draft-





every quotation




Make it perfect! It counts


of your final grade for this class.

Directions and Steps:

You will get your information to support your analysis from

3-5 secondary sources

.  You do not need to use more sources than this because a short research paper as this does not need to be bogged down with quotations and too many sources.  You need to organize your research and state your finding in your own words.  The majority of the paper will be your own ideas. (Do not use Wikipedia- make sure it is a credible source with a .org or .edu).  The rest must be from a

Database (Ebsco Host) and/or books.

Don’t forget the library as one of your greatest resources and the Reserve Room. You are required to use each secondary source


Remember:  Sources add to your thoughts and back you up.  ** Write down all source information so that you can document your source.

Create an




your information. My suggestion is to form your thesis/argument first,

reread the story


underline/copy quotes



that prove the

point you are making

. (Hint: you have to know your point before you do this ; )

Write your essay

just like you’ve done with your other essays- using



prove your claim

, setting up

topic sentences


supporting details

in the body,

concluding sentences

at the end of each paragraph. Next you will

read the secondary sources

you’ve found and skimmed and

highlight quotes

that the author wrote that makes

a point similar to yours


helps explain

one of your points or it can be something you completely disagree with and you

use the text to


the author wrong.

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