Thank you for considering the use of this research essay resource for Crime and Punishment! Although C&P can be a hefty endeavor for students, I have found it is one of the MOST USEFUL novels to have in their back pockets for the open FRQ of the AP Literature and Composition exam. Therefore; having a rigorous essay assignment attached to the C&P unit is incredibly important for solidifying their understanding of the novel and assessing their ability to apply the tricky concepts in an argumentative written format.
1. Description of project (for educator)
4. Project Description Packet (for students) – includes: prompt, standards, annotated bibliography expectations + suggestions, and rubric
5. Essay Graphic Organizer (for brainstorming and organizing initial ideas)
6. Essay Outline Graphic Organizer (for laying out the essay itself)
7. Ubermensch, Nihilism, and Utilitarianism Graphic Organizer (for collection of research evidence)
8. Annotated Bibliography Graphic Organizer
"What is Dostoevsky attempting to argue through the characters in his novel Crime and Punishment? After researching articles on nihilism and utilitarianism, write an essay in which you discuss the guiding question through an evaluation of Raskolnikov and Svidrigailov (required), and additional supporting characters (optional)."