Japanese culture reflected in Tosa diary
Tosa Diary Paper
Link to text of Tosa Diary:
Using only the text The Tosa Diary by Ki no Tsurayuki write a five page paper addressing the following: What are three aspects of Japanese culture that are reflected in the work?
Some examples of aspects of culture:
Religion Dress Education Politics Family Class structure
Love of nature Role of women in society Cities
Organization of paper
The paper must meet the following organizational requirements and adhere exactly to the format on the website.
I. Introduction – 1 page maximum
a. Characterize the work
b. Who was Ki no Tsurayuki ?
c. What are the limitations of the work as a source on Japanese culture?
d. What three aspects of Japanese culture does the paper address?
II. Body- 3.5 – 4 pages
a. Aspect 1
b. Aspect 2
c. Aspect 3
III. Conclusion – at most 1/2 page
Specific Requirements for Writing Assignments
In addition to the following requirements students should be aware that all writing in this course is considered formal scholarly writing and that incorrect spelling, grammar, usage, syntax, and vagueness will be heavily penalized as well as not paying attention to presentation (such as-pages out of order, print smeared or faded, or other presentation issues). Students are required to maintain a backup copy of all papers until grades have been finalized.
Requirements for all writing in this course:
1. When writing about the past use the past tense.
2. NEVER use vague terms such as "thing(s)" or "etc." in the writing for this course.
3. Write only in the third person for this course.
4. Introductions/conclusions must be brief – one page maximum for this assignment- and reflect the specific nature of the assignment.
5. None of the writing assignments are comparison in nature. Do not compare the cultures you are writing about with any other culture-ancient or modern.
6. None of the writing assignments are narrative in nature. Do not tell the "story" or summarize any of the sources or section of the sources we use for the writing assignments.
Mechanics and format
Nota Bene: Papers that do not include ALL of the below requirements will not be accepted and earn a grade of zero. If you do not understand any aspect of the directions…ask!
1. You must include a separate title page with the following information:
Title of your paper
The Date the paper is due
The course and time of class
2. Include a separate works cited page corresponding to the exact format in The Chicago Manual of Style.
3. Staple on the top left please.
4. The paper must be double-spaced, using Times New Roman font, size 12, black ink.
5. Page numbers on the bottom right. Only number the pages of text, not the title page or bibliography page.
6. The pages of text should only have text on them for this assignment-Not your name or other information, or images.
7. Titles as well as foreign words and phrases are to be italicized (note: the exceptions are personal and place names).
8. No clichés, slang, false, or vague statements. Be exceedingly aware of the words you use and their exact meanings.
9. Citations for this assignment will be in the form of in-text parenthetical citations at the end of the sentence containing the fact. EVERY bit of information you use from the text must be cited. Here are examples of how to cite The Tosa Diary:
Initial citation – include author, name of work, and page number.
(Ki no Tsurayuki , The Tosa Diary, 27).
Subsequent citations – Since you are only using The Tosa Diary, subsequent citations only need the page number of the text.
10. The paper must be at least five full pages in length (with a minimum of 22 lines per page and one inch margins), not counting the title page and bibliography page. Papers less than five full pages and over five and one-half full pages in length will not be accepted and earn a grade of zero.
11. No quotes at all for this paper-paraphrase and cite the information according to number nine above.