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East Greenwich High School Library: Elizabethan Research Paper

Elizabethan Research Paper Research Resources

Possible research question: What happened when you broke the law during Shakespeare’s time?  Punishment was sometimes deadly and almost always brutal.

 

Possible research question: You may have heard that “all the world’s a stage.” In the case of Shakespeare’s Globe theater, it really was. How so?

 

Possible research question: Suffocating corsets and pale skin were just another “day at the beach” for Elizabethan women.  Why did they dress that way?

 

Possible research question: What passed for an inviting meal during Shakespeare’s time? It might be a bit hard to digest today.

 

Possible research question: In a Renaissance world dominated by men, how did an unlikely queen manage to gain, maintain, and wield military and cultural power during this English time period which would later bear her name?

 

Possible research question: Did Shakespeare even really exist?  If so, could one man really be responsible for the greatest body of work in the English language?  Or did he have help?

 

http://shakespeareauthorship.com/howdowe.html

 

Possible research question: How did an isolated island manage to defeat the Spanish Armada to become the most powerful nation in the world?

Crime and Punishment Theater and The Globe Fashion Food and Dining Queen Elizabeth I Shakespeare War

I. Introduction
- Hook
- Thesis Statement

II. Crime
- Upper class
- Lower class

III. Punishments
- Upper class
- Lower class

IV. Trials
- Upper class
- Lower class

V. Conclusion

OR

I. Introduction
- Hook
- Thesis Statement

II. Crime
- Misdemeanors
- Felonies

III. Punishments
- Lower crimes
- High Crimes

IV. Social Classes

V. Conclusion

OR 

Tower of London

I. Introduction
- Hook
- Thesis Statement

II. The first Globe Theater
- Description (talk about location)
- The Stage
- Productions
- The Fire

III. The Second Globe Theater
- Description
- Productions

IV. Theater operations
- Jobs
- The Actors (players)
- On Tour

V. Conclusion

     

I. Introduction
- Hook
- Thesis Statement

II. Childhood / Family
- His family
- Where did he live?

III.  Life
- Marriage
- Children
- Moving to London

IV. Career
- What was his inspiration?
- Where did his plays take place?
- Acting career
- What were his plays about?

V. Death
- Where?
- How?
- What was his impact?

VI. Conclusion

I. Introduction
- Hook
- Thesis Statement

II. Events Leading Up to the War
- Who was involved?
- How did it start?
- Why?

III. England
- Leaders (background)
- Army (background, training)

IV. Spain
- Leaders (Importance)
- Army (how were they trained?)

V. Outcome
- What impact did the war have?
- What could have happened if...

VI. Conclusion

 

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Paper Requirements

NOTE CARD AND CITATION REQUIREMENTS

You will use note cards to gather your information from each source. You will use these note cards later to ensure your research is integrated and cited properly in your paper. By the end of the process, you will have researched at least five sources, which means you will have at least 45 note cards total (that’s a minimum of nine cards PER source).

 

CITATIONS: MLA FORMAT AND CITING GUIDELINES

On your notecards and in your essay, you must cite all opinions you have paraphrased as well as any paraphrased facts that are not common knowledge. All paraphrased and quoted citations MUST match up with the sources listed on your Works Cited Page. Do not include sources on your Works Cited page unless you have cited them in your research paper.

  • Create an account with NoodleTools right now and create a new project entitled, “Elizabethan Research Paper.” You will utilize NoodleTools for note-taking and tracking your sources. NoodleTools will keep everything saved for you and format your sources correctly in MLA format. This will save you quite a bit of time and frustration.
  • Still unsure about how to cite a source? Check out The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) here.
  • If two sources have similar titles, use the first few words of the title to differentiate them for your reader:  (“Makeup and Women”).   (“Makeup and the Ladies”).

 

RESEARCH REPORT TOPICS and SOURCES

SOURCE REQUIREMENTS

You are not limited to the websites contained below, but you must read and take notes on five sources. You must cite at least four of them frequently in your essay. If you find you have not found all of the information you need, you may research a sixth source. You are not required to consult any hard copy or “offline” sources for this assignment.

Note taking / Citation Help