The Portfolio Project is designed to require you to expand your
understanding of Things Fall Apart by combining knowledge and
application of content with your own interpretation and judgment. For
the Portfolio Project, you will write a research paper about Chinua
Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, supplementing your own interpretation with
information from three to five other sources. Your interpretation of
this novel should reflect an international perspective. Information
about planning your research paper and conducting your research can be
found in the lecture material for Module 5. The portfolio project is
due in Week 8.
Essay Formatting Requirements:
Minimum of three sources (excluding the novel) – must be credible,
authored sources; anonymous websites or sites like Wikipedia are not
acceptable as one of your three main sources.
Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font.
Title Page: for an explanation of how to formulate a title page in
APA, see The Purdue OWL (scroll down to “Title Page”), or use the APA
template provided in the CSU-Global Library. (Titled “Does Your Paper
Look Like This?”)
Insert page numbers in the top right-hand corner.
Include a Reference Page.
Use CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements for correct
APA formatting in the paper and on the reference page.
Your final paper will be graded not only based on content but also
based upon the quality of your writing, syntax, and grammar. Please be
sure to pay special attention to the quality of your written work. It
is highly recommended that you closely proofread your assignment prior
to submission. In addition, you are again expected to provide support
for your arguments based upon both the required and recommended
readings for the course and your research, as well as to incorporate
any relevant points culled from the discussion boards. Review the
Portfolio Rubric, located in Course Information.
Finally, you will take the particular research question that you
are developing as the thesis of your Portfolio Project and
contextualize it in such a way as to convey an international or
multicultural understanding of the novel. For example, if you are
developing a cultural analysis of the novel, you would need to answer,
as a part of your research thesis, how one culture develops in direct
competition against the emergence of another foreign culture. Or, if
you are developing a feminist analysis, you would need to answer, as a
part of your research question, how one culture’s treatment of women
changes when confronted by another culture’s differing attitude toward
women. Or, if you were doing a direct compare/contrast analysis, you
would need to directly compare specific aspects of one culture against
In other words, any critical perspective from which you frame your
thesis and overall paper needs to convey a sharper international or
multicultural understanding of the novel and should be reflected in
your outline and reference list.