The Literary Research Essay

Review a model. 

Consider the conventions of the form. 

This prompt is similar to what we are doing in our ISU.

Read Leslie-Ann Hales’ essay “Spiritual Longing in Laurence’s Manawaka Women” and one novel by Margaret Laurence.  According to Hales, Laurence’s women portray the idea that our relationships with others derive from our views about ourselves and our place in the universe.  Argue this idea using the novel and the essay.

ISU The Research Process

the components of the ISU. 



Track 1–>the novel

  • Read quickly for the plot
  • Re-read making notes (sticky notes or on paper)
  • Create reader’s notes that move from the general (many big ideas considered) to specific (honing in on one idea)
  • Review the work you did and feedback you received on short stories and Neuromancer.

Track 2–>the research

  • Review model planner and research notes
  • Complete the research report planner
  • Locate potential sources
  • Create research notes
  • Develop a thesis statement
  • Create an outline
  • Construct the presentation

Should Track 1 and Track 2 merge? 

Thesis for research presentation: What does it mean to “the other” in our society? What drives “othering” and how can society avoid it?

Thesis for literary research essay: Meyer explores the idea of what it means to be human in the novel Cinder.

I will use the research notes and my reader’s notes to write my literary research essay.