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Mr. Zibel - Psychoanalyzing Young Adult Protagonists: Home


May 4th: Psychoanalysis assignment introduction and initial brainstorm of disorders. 
May 5th-8th: Second half of class will be utilized for research/evidence gathering in library. 
May 19th: Mobile lab- Outline due for research paper and typing rough draft by only utilizing outline.
May 20th: Mobile lab-continue/finish typing rough draft if applicable.
May 21th: Peer review. 
May 22th: Revised rough draft based off of peer review.
May 27th: Final draft due- no exceptions. YOU have it printed and ready to turn in at the beginning of class. 
Dates may be altered to meet the needs of the class due to unexpected circumstances.

The Assignment

You will research possible diagnoses a doctor might give either Holden or Charlie after psychoanalyzing their behaviors.  You will then construct an argument using evidence from outside research and the novel to convince your audience.

Step 1: Research possible disorders the protagonists could have. Take notes on each in the Pre-Research note-taking sheet.

  • Major Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Anxiety Disorder

Try these reputable websites for information:

National Institute of Mental HealthWebMDMayo ClinicMedicineNetThe New York TimesNational Alliance on Mental Illness

Step 2: Based on symptoms found about each disorder, determine the disorder the protagonist is most likely suffering. Take notes on the one disorder using a website above on the Research Notes (1) page and pull specific examples from the novel. Use the Close Analysis sheet to keep track of your textual evidence.

Step 3: Take additional notes on the one disorder using Research Notes (2).  Use a Database or Ebook provided below.  Note that you will need to input information into Easybib as Gale Health & Wellness Resource Center and Follett Shelf don't provide the copy and paste citation:

You can use the following ebooks for these disorders: Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder

Step 4: When you are certain about how you would diagnose the protagonist and why, construct a thesis statement draft.

Step 5: Develop an outline that you will follow to develop your argument.  More information on outlines will be forthcoming.  However, a sample outline/potential organization (to be filled in with your notes and ideas) for this paper:

  • Intro/ Paragraph 1: hook, background info, define the disorder and its symptoms, and then your thesis
  • Paragraphs 2+: Analyze protagonist’s behaviors (use details and quotations) and connect them to the research and potential reasons or causes for protagonist’s issues
  • Conclusion: Circle back to hook, restate thesis, provide final insights and thoughts.

Step 6: Write your first paper draft (with evidence and in-text citations/parenthetical references)

Step 7: Make your work cited page (3+ sources: the novel and at least two other sources)

Step 8: Revise and edit your draft

Step 9: Polish your work and put it together in a well-organized and presentable manner

*A packet with additional research writing techniques is attached.

Other Particulars

  • Your paper should be about 3-4 pages  in length, typed and double spaced
  • Papers that do not include in-text citations with proper parenthetical references and a work cited page will not be scored  (see the school policy on plagiarism)
  • I will be checking your work and progress throughout the writing process. The completion of each part will count towards your term 4 grade (as several homework assignments)
  • Be sure to use a formal academic tone (no “I” or “Have you ever wondered. . . ?” or “This quote says . . “ etc.)
  • Follow all MLA standards

Subject Guide

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Jennifer Jourdain
Montachusett Regional Voc Tech School
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Fitchburg, MA 01420
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