This essay assignment is an end-of-the-year research assignment with depth and rigor. Students will need several weeks to read, analyze, research and complete the assignment. You can choose to add an annotated bibliography or presentation to the already lengthy assignment, or you can leave it as is. The assignment focuses primarily on American Literature but can be changed to fit any time period or genre. The OWL at Purdue website is referenced and is where students can find the literary criticism information and explanations.