Biographical Wiki Assignment Instructions
In this assignment, you will highlight African American literary figures who have influenced African American life and culture. You will also assess reliable reference sources, foster critical thinking skills as you review one anotherâ€™s work, and interact among peers as you review and edit one anotherâ€™s work.
You will choose a person from the list provided, use reliable reference sources to compile a short biographical sketch (2 paragraphs) for that person, and post your work to the Biographical Wiki. You need to address the background of the author, his/her contributions to the field of literature and his/her influence on African American culture.
Step 1: Choose a person from the list below and create a page in the Biographical Wiki. Check to make sure the person you selected has not already been posted to the wiki by another student.
List of historical figures for Step 1: Women in Western CivilizationÂ
- James Baldwin
- Toni Morrison
- Claude McKay
- Zora Neale Â Â Â Â Â Hurston
- Maya Angelou
- W. E. B. Â Â Â Â Â DuBois
- Ralph Ellison
- Alex Haley
- Langston Â Â Â Â Â Hughes
- Richard Â Â Â Â Â Wright
- Alice Walker
- August Wilson
- James Weldon Â Â Â Â Â Johnson
- Jessie Redmon Â Â Â Â Â Fauset
- Joseph Seamon Â Â Â Â Â Cotter
- Countee Â Â Â Â Â Cullen
- Alain Locke
- Octavia Â Â Â Â Â Butler
- Lorraine Â Â Â Â Â Hansberry
- Gwendolyn Â Â Â Â Â Brooks
- Henry Louis Â Â Â Â Â Gates Jr.
- Colson Whitehead
- Dorothy West
- Paul Beatty
- Paul Dunbar
- Amiri Baraka
- Alice Â Â Â Â Â Childress
- Phillis Â Â Â Â Â Wheatley
- Rita Dove
- Nikki Â Â Â Â Â Giovanni
- Terry Â Â Â Â Â McMillan
- Robert Hayden
Step 2: Research the person using reliable reference sources. (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) and works of historical scholarship (peer-reviewed journal articles, essay collections, historical monographs). Do not use an open web search, popular magazines, or works targeting children. Do not use the course text as a source for this assignment.
Use at least 3 different reference works and provide source citations for each source used.
Reference sources for Step 2:
The best reference sources are available in Libertyâ€™s library. The following are recommended for this assignment.
Britannica Academic Editionâ€”essentially an encyclopedia, but with links to dictionaries and websites. Be sure to correctly identify and cite the specific source used.
Gale Virtual Reference Libraryâ€”a database collection of reference works. Look for titles that include the word encyclopedia or dictionary. If you use this database, remember to cite the specific reference work (ebook) used.
Oxford Reference Online Premiumâ€”an extensive database collection of reference works. Look for titles that include the word encyclopedia or dictionary. If you use this database, remember to cite the specific reference work (ebook) used.
Step 3: Synthesize the information you have gathered into a single, concise biographical sketch. Give a short summary of the personâ€™s life and most significant achievements and situate the person in the historical context as it relates to this course. Write two paragraphs using complete sentences.Â