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For this assignment, you need to submit your finalized topic choice for final instructor approval.

Due Sunday, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)

Use the feedback you received from the discussion as you submit your proposed topic.In your response of at least two paragraphs, include the following information:

Explain the broad topic you will be covering.

Explain the controversy you will be presenting both sides of the issue on.

Explain your purpose for choosing this topic and its relevance to current issues.

List the audience that you plan to address and why.

Discuss any challenges that you believe you might face or obstacles you can foresee that you will have to overcome to write about your chosen topic.

Remember to use appropriate formatting as per APA (6th ed.): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/0

Week 2 Writing Assignment: Thesis Statement and Source Analysis

For this assignment, you will write the thesis statement for your research paper and provide a preliminary list of at least six sources for approval by your instructor.

Due Sunday, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)

Create a single-sentence thesis statement that provides an overview of your debatable topic as well as the two major arguments relating to that topic. Keep each of these hints in mind as your craft your thesis:

Your thesis statement should match your approved topic from week 1.

A thesis statement is a single declarative sentence (not a question).

It must be written in the third person only.

Create an APA-formatted reference page with at least six potential sources that you plan to use both for your annotated bibliography (due next week) and your final research paper. Keep in mind the following hints:

The appropriate heading for your reference page is the single word References, which should be centered in lightface Roman font (not boldface, italics, or underlined.)

The reference page should be written using Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced with 1" margins, and no extra spaces between citations.

Entries should be listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

When you cite an author in the reference page, list the last name first, then the first initial (Lincoln, A.). Do not write the full first name when using APA formatting.

In an APA citation, only the first word and proper nouns are capitalized in an article or book title. The first word after a colon is also capitalized (e.g., “The strange quirks of APA: Understanding capitalization”).

For each citation, all lines after the first line of each entry should be indented one half-inch from the left margin.

Refer to this website for great help on exactly how to properly cite sources and format your reference page: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/.

You will be required to use at least ten scholarly sources for your final paper, and you may list all ten here for approval if desired.

Week 3 Writing Assignment: Outline

This week you will be writing an outline for your final paper. Your outline must include introduction, body, and conclusion sections and be in outline format.

Due Sunday, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)

In the introduction section of your outline, include the thesis statement you submitted for your Thesis Assignment, making any necessary revisions based on instructor feedback. Your outline should stem directly from your revised thesis statement. You should also include topic sentences (for each section) and paragraph transitions that help tie your major points together.

Remember that your final essay must be a minimum of 5 pages long not counting your cover page or references, so you will need somewhere between 6-8 body paragraphs.

Helpful hints:

Your outline should remain without bias. You must equally present the arguments of both sides of the issue without revealing which side you agree with.

Your outline must be written in third person.

Each topic sentence should directly relate back to the thesis statement.

You may use the outline template provided. Remember to use appropriate formatting as per APA (6th ed.): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/0

Expository Essay Outline Template

When you write an expository essay that presents two sides of an issue without revealing bias, there are three primary organizational tactics that can be used:

1. Present all the major arguments on one side of the issue, and then present all the major arguments of the opposing viewpoint.

2. Present one of the major issues relating to the overarching topic, and in the same paragraph, discuss the viewpoints of both sides on this particular issue.

3. In one paragraph, present one of the viewpoints on one major aspect of the controversy, and then follow that paragraph with another paragraph presenting the opposing views’ arguments related to the same aspect of the controversy. You then repeat that pattern one to three more times.

Carefully consider these options, choose one, and continue with this organizational strategy for your entire essay.

You may use the below outline template:

I. Introduction

a. Hook:________________________________________________________

b. Thesis statement:_______________________________________________

II. Body Paragraph 1

a. Transition:_____________________________________________________

b. Topic Sentence:_________________________________________________

i. Supporting detail 1:________________________________________

ii. Supporting detail 2:________________________________________

iii. Supporting detail 3:________________________________________

III. Body Paragraph 2

a. Transition:_____________________________________________________

b. Topic Sentence:_________________________________________________

i. Supporting detail 1:________________________________________

ii. Supporting detail 2:________________________________________

iii. Supporting detail 3:________________________________________

IV. Body Paragraph 3

a. Transition:_____________________________________________________

b. Topic Sentence:_________________________________________________

i. Supporting detail 1:________________________________________

ii. Supporting detail 2:________________________________________

iii. Supporting detail 3:________________________________________

V. Body Paragraph 4

a. Transition:_____________________________________________________

b. Topic Sentence:_________________________________________________

i. Supporting detail 1:________________________________________

ii. Supporting detail 2:________________________________________

iii. Supporting detail 3:________________________________________

VI. Conclusion

a. Transition:_____________________________________________________

b. Restatement of thesis:___________________________________________

Week 4 Writing Assignment: Introduction and Conclusion

This week, you will be using information from your assigned readings and the Toolwire assignment to draft the introduction and conclusion of your research paper.

Due Sunday, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)

Keep these tips in mind:

Your introduction should begin with a hook that draws the reader in.

You need to provide background information on the issue at large and explain the two major arguments you will be exploring related to your issue.

Your thesis statement must be present in your introduction paragraph and is typically the last sentence in the paragraph.

Your conclusion should effectively summarize your paper, reminding your audience of the two major sides of the argument that you explored.

It should bring closure to the essay.

Both paragraphs should be written in third person.

Be careful not to overuse tactics such as rhetorical questions or anecdotes.

Outside sources are typically reserved for body paragraphs. If used in the introduction or conclusion, they must be used sparingly and include appropriate in-text citations according to APA style: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/.

Week 5 Writing Assignment: Annotated Bibliography

This week, you will focus on determining which sources you will use for your final assignment.

Due Sunday, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)

For your final paper, you will be required to have eight credible and scholarly sources. For this assignment, you must choose a minimum of five of those sources to create an annotated bibliography.

Use the Annotated Bibliography Handout Click for more options for help with formatting.

For each source, you will first need to have an appropriately formatted APA reference citation, immediately followed with a citation entry.

The citation entry should address the following components:

A short summary of the articles

An evaluation of the author’s background or authority

A description of the intended audience

A comparison of this work with other sources you have selected

An explanation of how this source supports or opposes your topic

Remember that your entire annotated bibliography should be double-spaced with no extra spaces between entries.

Your bibliography needs to be correctly indented with the first line of each reference list citation flush left with the left-hand margin (no indentation), and the second and proceeding lines should have a one-half inch hanging indent from the left-hand margin.

Your annotation begins on the line following the end of the reference, and lines up with the indented portion of the reference.

Your citations should be listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

Week 6 Writing Assignment: Rough Draft

This week, you will put together the first draft of your essay.

Due Sunday, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)

Use your outline from Week 3 and adding body paragraphs to the introduction and conclusion you submitted in Week 4.

A rough draft is not expected to be polished, and as such, this assignment will be graded on a completion basis. However, in order to receive full credit for the assignment, the following components must be met:

Rough draft includes an introduction, a minimum of four body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Body paragraphs include transitional statements and topic paragraphs.

A minimum of eight references are incorporated as support into the essays.

References are cited using correct APA formatting in both in-text citations (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/) and a references page (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/).

Furthermore, keep in mind the following tips as you draft your essay:

Ensure that you remain without bias in your essay and you fairly present both sides of the argument on your issue.

Do not write in first or second person (avoid the use of pronouns such as I, me, mine, we, us, ours, you, yours, etc.)

Be sure to revise your introduction and conclusion paragraphs based on the feedback you received on your Week 4 assignment.

Use the outline you posted for Week 3 as a guide, but if you find that changing some pieces makes more sense as you draft, that is fine.

Remember to use appropriate formatting as per APA (6th ed.): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/0

Week 8 Writing Assignment: The Final Paper

ENGL 240 Signature Assignment (Research Paper)

The Research Paper assignment is broken into two key parts:

? Part A: Research Paper Components:

o Week 1: Topic Submission

o Week 2: Thesis Statement & Source Analysis

o Week 3: Outline

o Week 4: Introduction & Conclusion

o Week 5: Annotated Bibliography

o Week 6: Rough Draft

o Week 7: Peer Review

? Part B: Research Paper Final Draft: This is also the Signature Assignment for this course.

Due Week 8

Purpose: The research paper will explore a controversial topic in an informative style. This

means that the writer must present an equal amount of information for both points of view

related to the topic. The topic should be a debatable topic concerning social, political or cultural

relevance. The paper must present both sides of the argument without providing personal

thought or opinion. Each side will be neutrally presented allowing your audience to make their

own decision as to which side to support.

Some things to think about as you approach this undertaking:

? Will I be able to refrain from interjecting personal thought, opinion, and ideas?

? Will I be able to find at least eight credible sources from books, journal articles, academic

websites, interviews, etc.?

? Will my sources be at up-to-date? (Please don't use anything more than 8 years old

without approval.)

Research Paper Requirements: These should all be met in the final paper due in week 8.

1. No personal opinion should be given. Please refrain from “I think” or “I believe.”

2. Five to seven pages, not including the title and reference pages.

3. Minimum of eight resources for your final paper.

4. In-text citations should be provided throughout the paper, giving credit for the sources

used.

5. Reference page should be written in APA style, using the sixth edition of the manual.

6. Do not use Wikipedia; it is not a credible resource.

7. All assignments related to the research paper will be due on Sundays.

Note: The paper is broken down into several pieces during the class. Your final paper will be due

in week 8. Please read the weekly assignments carefully!

Guidelines for writing: The Structure of an Informative Paper

? Introductory paragraph: Sets the stage for the topic and earns the audience’s interest.

Historical context and other features of an introduction (preview of topic, thesis

statement) should be contained in the introductory paragraph.

? Thesis statement: States the scope of your paper. For example, “Before deciding which

side to take, readers should be aware of both positions regarding “X”. It should be the last

sentence of your first paragraph.

? Background information: Gives readers the basic information they need for

understanding your thesis and its support. As appropriate, you might include definitions

of key terms, historical or social context, prior scholarship, and other related material.

Often times this can be included in the introduction or in a paragraph immediately after it.

Some topics have great historical context and some don’t.

? Evidence and reasons as related to point-of-view “A”: The first part of your paper should

present information that people agree with from the “A” point of view: This is the core of

the essay. Each reason or piece of evidence usually consists of a general statement

backed up with specific details and examples. Evidence needs to meet the standards for

critical thinking and reasoning to be logical. Depending on the length of your essay, you

might devote one or two paragraphs to each reason or type of evidence. For organization,

you might choose to present the most familiar reasons and evidence first, saving the most

unfamiliar reasons and evidence for last. Alternatively, you might proceed from the least

important to the most important point so that your essay builds to a climax, leaving the

most powerful impact for the end.

? Evidence and reasons as related to point-of-view “B”: The second part of your paper

should present information that people agree with from the “B” point of view: and as

stated earlier, each reason or piece of evidence usually consists of a general statement

backed up with specific details and examples. Evidence needs to meet the standards for

critical thinking and reasoning to be logical. Depending on the length of your essay, you

might devote one or two paragraphs to each reason or type of evidence. For organization,

you might choose to present the most familiar reasons and evidence first, saving the most

unfamiliar reasons and evidence for last. Alternatively, you might proceed from the least

important to the most important point so that your essay builds to a climax, leaving the

most powerful impact for the end.

? Concluding paragraph: Ends the essay logically and gracefully—never abruptly. It often

summarizes the controversy, elaborates its significance, or calls readers to action.

? Sources: A source is any form of information that provides ideas, examples, information,

or evidence. A primary source is an original work created by groups or individuals being

studied, including original documents, letters, diaries, poems, books, paintings, artwork,

films, news footage, etc. Nothing stands between you and a primary source. A secondary

source reports, describes comments on, or analyzes someone else’s work. When

completed, your research paper will be a secondary source.

? Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the intended or unintended use of someone else’s words and/or

ideas as your own. According to Troyka, “plagiarism occurs when you take ideas or

words from a source without revealing that you used a source” (p. 17)