Ms. Crupi's ENG 4U0

The Wars - Critical Lenses Essay

The Task

As one of your summative assignments in this unit, you will be expected to research a theoretical perspective and apply it to The Wars.


You will choose one of the following topics connecting that theoretical perspective to The Wars:

1. Marxism/Socioeconomic Theories

2. Existentialism

3. Feminist approaches/gender studies

4. Historicism

5. Psychoanalytic Theory

6. Structuralism

Books in the Library Learning Commons

This is an assignment that has been designed to prepare you for what to expect at university. Therefore, you will have to go a little deeper and look a little harder to find the information that you need. I have been through our collection and have come up with a list of books that will be helpful for this assignment. But don't expect the answers to jump of the page! You will have to read and draw conclusions based on your theoretical perspective and the information found in the books and make connections to The Wars. These books have been pulled for you and will be found on a cart in the library. Sign outs for these books will be done on a first come, first served basis. Please don't limit yourself to our collection only. The Brampton Public Library, the Toronto Library and the University of Toronto Mississauga also has excellent resources.

Doing Your Research - The Databases

Unlike typical research essays where you can put in a topic and find a wealth of information, this one will be more challenging. You should focus on doing a Boolean search to help you be specific enough to help you find the information. A handout on how to do a proper Boolean search will be provided to you. Here is some information as to how to get to the databases (at school and at home):


Sometimes books on your topic can be hard to find because your subject area might be really new or really specific. This is where databases will become your best friend! There are two ways to get to the databases:


  1. Go to the applications page and click on "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour". Then click on Library eResources. Click on eResources. Click on Intermediate/Secondary. Then you will find all of our databases.
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page through your BYOD. Click on BYOD login. Click on MyClass (the green icon). Click on the Library Learning Commons MyClass icon. Click on databases from home. Then you will find all of our databases.


Keep in mind that if you are accessing the databases from home, you need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page and click on the "Lock" icon. Once you click on the lock icon you can click on the database passwords link. You will need these passwords to access your databases from home.

How To Do a Boolean Search

If you need more clarification on how to do a Boolean search well, please look at the tutorial below and follow along!

The Databases - Finding the Information You Need!

Once you have found the databases you will need to start searching for your topic. For this assignment, I would recommend starting at the following databases when conducting your research:


  • Explora
  • Literature Resource Centre
  • Literary Reference Centre
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library


These databases have been specifically selected for you for this assignment because they will have the most relevant information for what you are looking for. They are better than a random search on a website because you can find a lot of information here that has been written by experts in the field. But beware! For this assignment you are not allowed to get your information from overtly biased news sources like CNN or the Toronto Star. If you are unsure if your source of information is biased, ask the librarian or Ms, Crupi! You should not have to use Google for any of your research for this assignment. The databases will have what you need to get your work done! Please keep in mind that you cannot click the links below to get to the databases. You will need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page to get there or you can click on the secondary eResources link below.

MLA 8 - The New Way to Cite Your Work in MLA Format

As you may or may not know, citing work in MLA format has recently been updated. When you go to college or university, the expectation will be that you will know how to do your citations correctly in the new format. The following video breaks down how to cite your work in MLA 8 format.

MLA 8: An Introduction

Creating a Works Cited Page in MLA 8 Format

MLA 8 was designed to simplify the process, helping writers accurately and intuitively cite sources more easily, requiring that every source type follow the same format. This means that books, websites, periodicals, videos, photographs, and all other types of sources now use this same standard format.

MLA 8 requires researchers to locate the same “core elements” from their sources and place them in a standard order in order to create their citations.

The “Core Elements” of an MLA 8 citation, along with their corresponding punctuation marks, include the following (in this order):

1. Authors.

2. Title of the source.

3. Title of container,

4. Other contributors,

5. Version,

6. Numbers,

7. Publisher,

8. Publication date,

9. Location.

The appropriate punctuation mark will follow each core element, unless it is the final piece. In this case, the punctuation mark would be a period.

Example of an MLA Eighth Edition Works Cited Page:

Patterson, James, and Chris Grabenstein. House of Robots. Little, Brown and Co., 2014.

Patterson, James, and Chris Tebbetts. Middle School: Get Me Out of Here. Little, Brown and Co., 2012.

Sparks, Nicholas. Dear John. Grand Central, 2007, p. 82.

– – – . A Walk to Remember. Warner, 1999.

Twenty-Eight Days Later. Directed by Danny Boyle, produced by Alex Garland, Fox

Searchlight Pictures, 2002.

Practice Using MLA 8 Formatting

The link below will take you to a practice site for MLA 8 formatting. If you are unsure how to do it, this is a great place to learn.

MLA Formatting Help

Citation Machine can be a useful tool when starting to cite your work in MLA 8 format. But you always want to double check that is has been done correctly by looking at the formatting in Perdue Owl. This dynamic duo will help ensure that your citations are picture perfect.

Be Wise.....Don't Plagiarize!

Plagiarism is a very serious offense, especially at the university level! If you are unsure when things should be cited and how to avoid plagiarizing material, try the fun tutorial below to help you avoid plagiarism!

Welcome to OverDrive

If you wish to read and take notes on your novel electronically, you can do so on OverDrive. Simply download the OverDrive app to your device or go to the following link below to sign up for OverDrive. The Kite Runner is available online and you can make, save and export your notes.