Report. (1000 words—about 4 pages+Works Cited page) One week after your panel, you

will submit (by uploading below) a research report on the topic you covered in the panel. The

report will provide factual information about an issue that exists in the real world, inspired by

one of the novels we read—informed by research you did before the panel and by the

discussion during the panel. It should outline 1) what is the issue or phenomenon in the real

world, and how does it relate to a problem depicted in the novel? 2) why does the issue exist,

since when, and how is it evolving? 3) what is at stake—who suffers or benefits from this

phenomenon? and 4) what can or should individuals do about it right now? In addition to

general description, you should include hard evidence in the form of statistics, case studies,

scientific research, laws, and reporting on the issue. Make sure that you use quotes

accurately and that you credit sources even when you're not quoting directly. Your

submission must include a Works Cited page (in MLA format) that lists all the sources (three

or four, minimum) that you made direct use of in the paper. We will briefly address MLA

citation format in class, but you can also get thorough guidance here.

Your report, worth 20% of your total grade, will be evaluated on three main criteria: 1) Does

the work properly respond to the instructions by providing coherent, relevant information and

creating a useful commentary on the issue? 2) Does the work demonstrate that sufficient

effort went in to both the research and the writing? 3) Is the work written and presented in a

clear, well-organized, well-edited and professional way?