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Your CAMS 25 paper is not a research paper, and I discourage you from doing any outside research. If you read the texts and listen to the lectures,...

Currently taking Greek civilization and have a finial paper due soon. I'm not a big fan of history so I'm struggling to get started with this paper. I attached the directions, if you need any other information let me know and I can get it to you.

Your CAMS 25 paper is not a research paper, and I discourage you from doing any outside research . If you read the texts and listen to the lectures, you will have all the information you need to write successfully on the topic. Use of the internet in any way is prohibited (this includes Wikipedia, online myth websites, online history sources, etc.). DO NOT USE THE INTERNET on your papers. Doing so will incur a 5% penalty. The arguments in these papers are meant to be based exclusively on the readings you're discussing , with background material from the lectures, so focus on the texts and do not do outside research. I will submit papers to TurnItIn.com, a service which detects plagiarism and often paraphrasing from internet sources and other students' papers. Plagiarizing any part of your paper, no matter how small, will result in automatic failure of this assignment, with the potential for further academic and disciplinary sanctions. I report all cases of plagiarism and other academic misconduct to the University's Office of Academic Integrity. Please see the syllabus for more information about what constitutes a violation of academic integrity. If you have any questions or concerns about your paper, please email me before submitting your paper. More guidelines follow the topic. Paper Topic : Literature can often be used as a socializing force. That is, a society will often use a text to reinforce social attitudes, to teach youths, and sometimes to oppress people. Similarly, a text can often have a socializing effect without intending to do so. Keep in mind that the reinforcement of social or cultural attitudes may happen without governmental leaders, parents/families, or individuals realizing it. For this paper, you must use either Plato's Symposium or Aristophanes' Lysistrata, plus one other text from the course and discuss the ways these texts reinforce or challenge ancient Greek attitudes, ideologies, taboos, morals, etc. Hint: this topic will be easier if you choose your texts based on a similar theme. In other words, with only four pages, it will be very difficult to argue how Plato does X and Euripides does Y. Easier will be to show how Plato and Euripides both do Z. Guidelines: Your papers must be double spaced, using a standard 12 pt font (Times New Roman is required). Your papers must make a stance on some argument, which means you must have a thesis statement. I am happy to read over your thesis statement drafts. Your papers must use quotes (selectively) to support your argument which should be properly cited. However, don't use very long direct quotes from the text - it's better to paraphrase shortly (WITH a citation) and save the space to use for analysis. When you have finished your papers, please upload them into the Paper Dropbox. Late papers will be accepted at an penalty of 5% per hour late. The first hour starts one minute after papers are due. The length requirement is 4 pages - this is both a minimum and a maximum. Part of the exercise here is to help you get better at writing. Being limited to four pages forces you to write concisely, it forces you to get down to business without superfluous introduction, and it forces you to really focus on the topic and your argument. This isn't always easy, but it is an excellent exercise in thinking and writing. Almost everyone who takes this class will need to use effective,
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concise writing in their future. The required length is four pages, with half a page of wiggle room. That is, papers MUST be between 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 pages long. Your papers must be in final draft form. Being "final draft" means, among other things, a proper level of formality; requested font, font size, and standard margins; your spelling should be perfect; your paper should be grammatically clean; all titles should be either underlined or italicized ; you should use direct quotes to support your argument and you should cite these quotes appropriately (MLA format is preferred, but I will not deduct points for APA or Chicago, etc.); your paper should be germane to the topic, and rooted in a well conceived and meaningful thesis statement; you should not add a extra space between paragraphs. Other things may constitute a paper's not being in final draft form, but these are the most common problems that I see. Consider all of this carefully as you draft your essay for submission and feel free to contact me with any questions, issues or concerns.
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