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Timeline Entry Assignment

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English Lit. I

Timeline Project


Purpose and Goals:

This project is designed to give you a background in British history and literature from our period and familiarize you with some of the most important reference sources for studying literature and history. You will also practice using MLA style for documenting sources and for identifying reliable resources for your research.


Step 1: Research


You have been given a slip of paper with either a single topic, or a selection of topics, that you will research.

You must identify and use TWO sources, both of which must be print.  Take careful notes on your source, using the steps outlined in section 1.7 (pages 38-40) of your MLA handbook. For this project, I would like for you to carefully summarize and paraphrase your sources. Please note page numbers from your sources, as you will need to incorporate these into your timeline description.


Step 2: Writing Your Summary


You will be responsible for writing a brief (about 150-200 word) description or summary of the topic you have chosen or have been assigned. Your passage should give an overview, but it should also focus on how your topic relates to the subject of English Literature. What is important about your event, person, or text in the history of English literature? This will be easy for some topics, and more difficult for others, but I do expect that you will have some treatment of literature in your topic. 


After you have finished your description and summary, post it (in the proper chronological place) to the “Master Timeline” on PBWorks. Each entry should also have a bibliography that is in proper MLA citation format. The Master Timeline will be used by everyone in the class to study for our Timeline Quiz. Your entry is due (posted on the Master Timeline) WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, by the start of class.


Please bring a hard copy of your summary to class that day, too, as we will be doing an in-class exercise with them.



These will each provide a good starting place for your research.



Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)



Oxford Dictionary to British History


Texts, Authors and Literature:

Oxford Companion to English Literature


For More detailed information, you can also look at:


Texts, Authors, and Literature:

Cambridge History of English Literature


Rubric for Timeline Entry

Assignment Due: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014





Needs Improvement


-Writer cites and integrates two print resources.  The resources are authoritative, reliable, and selected with care.

-Fewer than required number of resources or one or more of the resources is not authoritative and reliable.  Generally, more care or time could have been taken in carrying out the research.

-Fewer or far fewer than the required number of resources and/or the resources chosen are not print and are otherwise inauthoritative.  The research does not appear to be very thorough.

Summary and Bibliography

-Timeline entry is well-written, clearly and completely summarizes the research, and shows how the topic is relevant to the study of English Literature

-Annotation uses proper MLA documentation format throughout.

-Bibliography is in correct MLA format, and the entries are all properly formatted.

- Timeline entry is generally well-written, but there is some lack of clarity in the presentation of research and the explanation of the element.

-MLA documentation format is generally followed, but there are a few mistakes.

-Bibliography has a few mistakes, but is generally in proper format.

- Timeline entry is not very well written, does not offer a clear summary of the research, and/or does not touch upon the topic’s relevance to English literature.

-Author consistently uses improper MLA documentation format.

-Bibliography is not in proper MLA format or there are excessive mistakes.

Grammar, Spell-Checking, and Proof-Reading

-Though not necessarily perfect, annotation is written with correct grammar and usage, is properly punctuated, and is carefully proofread and spell-checked.

-There are occasional mistakes or repeated problems in grammar, usage, and/or punctuation.

-A few typos or mistakes are present that could have been corrected in proofreading.

-Entry is full of grammatical errors, improper punctuation, and other problems with usage. 

-There may be several typos or other problems that should have been edited out in proofreading.



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