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This guide will help you find information for your assignments on monsters, including books, ebooks, articles from library databases, videos and websites. Use the Tabs above for the following: 

Side by side images of Pennywise from IT and Demogorgon from Stranger Things. 31 Aug. 2017. Screenrant, 17 Aug. 2017, Accessed 21 Sept. 2020.

Rap Battle: Pennywise or Demogorgon?
Pennywise. He gets into your mind!: 77 votes (70.64%)
Demogorgon. It's shallow but ruthless.: 32 votes (29.36%)
Total Votes: 109

Your assignments

  • Find stories, images, or other takes on the monster.
  • Examine people’s responses to those representations in newspaper reviews, journal articles, or blogs, student surveys or interviews. 
  • When you have finished gathering your data, analyze it and develop a thesis about the differences the media make. 

Find general background information on monsters, myths, and legends, children's stories, and more in the Finding Stories tab above. 

  • Research Essay 2: Literature Review                                                                        English 101

    A literature review is an essay that explores scholarly articles, books, and other sources that relate to a particular issue, an area of research, or a theory. The literature review offers an overview of significant literature (meaning here sources) on a particular topic.

    In other words, the review is not an analysis or a review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but an analysis of the essays about this film/book (decide on which for your own paper).

    Write a 3.5-4 page literature review that analyzes FOUR secondary sources. Each one should relate to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (film or book—but make sure you say which in your essay).

    You may choose from the secondary sources in the literature folder in the second section on our Blackboard page, as well as choose your own sources. If you choose your own sources, you must submit them with your paper.

    Include a properly formatted Works Cited page (which is not counted in the page amount).

    Guidelines for organizing the literature review:

    1. Give an overview of the subject, issue, or theory you are writing about (what is the focus of these articles on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?)

    2. Provide a summary of each article, including specific quotes from the article that are explained in your own voice. They should show each author’s argument.

    3. Explain how each article is similar or different from the others in the literature review.

    4. Conclude by explaining which article you think makes the best contribution to understanding Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and why.


  • Research and write about a fictional monster, exploring how the monster you have chosen demonstrates some human aspects and analyzing what those aspects mean.
  • Apply research techniques to learn about a topic of individual interest in greater depth.
  • Some sources for inspiration might come from: 
  • Literature / Cinema Studies 
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology
  • Behaviorial Sciences:  Sociology, Psychology
  • Or other scholarly field

Resources (source types) can include scholarly journals, books, substantive articles by cultural critics in newspapers. 

Use NoodleTools to organize your annotated bibliography and final Works Cited.

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