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ENG 130: Literature and Comp

ENG 130: Position Paper

This assignment focuses on your ability to: create effective thesis statements; synthesize research, text support, and personal analyses into a cohesive essay; defend an argument; properly cite researched material in APA format. The purpose of completing this assignment is: as a student, career professional, and individual, learning how to defend your side of an argument with data, experience, and valid information is of paramount importance. As a student at Post, use this assignment to master the objectives listed above, particularly APA citation and reference page formatting. You need to know APA and argumentation techniques!



Prompt (what will you be writing about):

Despite having sold more than 40 million copies, To Kill a Mockingbird is still one of the most

banned books in American school curriculum. This is based in its adult theme and charged


Now that you have viewed this version (which is almost identical to the novel), what do you

think about his ban? Please respond to the following prompt, using the film study, and two

other academic/reliable sources. In your essay, use cited text examples from both research

sources as well as the film.


Should Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird be banned in middle and high schools? Why

or why not?


Instructions (how to get it done):

• Choose your side of this issue and decide what three supporting proofs you are going to use

to defend your argument.

• Create a thesis statement that clearly states your argument and how you are going to prove it.

You are welcome to use the following template:

o It is apparent that Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird,

should be banned in middle and high schools because of reason #1, reason #2,

reason #3.

• Go to the library database and find two sources that will help you defend your argument. You

must use information from these articles in your essay and cite this new information with an in

text-citation. Format for citing from articles is:

o According to research, Lee’s novel has been on the list of top ten banned books since

it was written in 1960 (Miller, 1986).


o According to Miller (1986), Lee’s novel has been on the list of top ten banned books

since it was written in 1960.




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• Be sure also to include text examples from the film. These should be cited also. Format for

citing from a movie is:

o For in text citations:

▪ (Director, year) which is (Mulligan, 1962)

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