The Situation: All of the work we have completed so far in WRD 104 has prepared you to write an argumentative research paper. Now is the opportunity for you to draw on the wide range of skills you have developed reach out to a broad audience of readers—including your instructor, your classmates, others who will see the Digication pages—to make an argument on an issue of your choice.
The Task: The Argumentative Research Paper requires you to formulate a specific original argument in relation to an issue of your choice. To this end, you must frame some “conversation” for your audience, then demonstrate how your thesis enters into that conversation. Your argument must be clear central to your paper, you must develop it throughout the paper. Also, you must continually situate your own claims in relation to others? writing, using MLA in-text citations an MLA Works Cited page. The goal of your paper is to bring your audience into a specific issue then engage them with your own, original argument.
The Purpose: Writing this paper gives you the chance to draw on the range of skills we have been developing all quarter. It is your opportunity to demonstrate that you can use these skills to produce a strong piece of academic research. Also, it will serve as excellent practice for future work in your college career, as you will likely be expected to write research papers in other classes.
Sources, Documentation, Format: These are some of the specific parameters for the final text.
? Include a minimum of eight total sources, of which at least six must be sources you?ve found on your own.
You can use sources from the syllabus, but these will be used in addition to the six you find on your own. Although journalistic sources (from newspapers magazines) may be needed for your topic, some of your sources should be academic, which means they will come from scholarly journals or books. Also, no open website sources (including Wikipedia) will be accepted. If you feel your particular topic requires you to use open websites (not databases), talk to me about it to get my approval.
? You must cite each of your sources at least once in the body of your paper.
? Include MLA in-text documentation a complete MLA Works Cited page.
Evaluation Criteria: A successful Argumentative Research Paper will do the following:
? Contain a clear thesis that contributes to a “conversation”
? Frame overview that “conversation” for the reader
? Develop the thesis in a focused, well-organized, logical manner
? Quote, paraphrase, summarize source texts effectively without plagiarism
? Analyze others? arguments critically
? Be free of distracting grammatical mechanical errors
? Contain correct use of MLA documentation style, including in-text citations a works
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