2,500-3,000 words This assignment is divided in two. I’m going to need the first 19,000 words first before the final draft. Overview The culmination of this course is the Research Essay, which will demonstrate the skills you’ve developed over the semester. Once you have completed your preliminary research, had your topic approved, and familiarized yourself with the literature available on this topic, you now will make a central claim about what you’ve learned and back up that claim with relevant research that is logically presented. Your audience will be the instructor, fellow classmates, and a general audience who would benefit from your academic approach to the topic. Your goal is to persuade your reader to believe or consider the argument you make in the thesis statement.

Two Graded Drafts Unlike the other papers in this course, we will have two graded drafts of the Research Essay. This will give you a chance to get some feedback and make revisions before the final draft is due. The first graded draft of the Research Essay must be 1,900 words minimum. The word count is the only factor that matters, but just so you have an idea, this will be about 6-7 pages double spaced. The 1,900-word graded draft is worth 10% of your final course grade and should include: MLA format including section headings and a works cited The introduction paragraph The first main point (each main point is a section approximately 2-3 pages) The second main point (each main point is a section approximately 2-3 pages) A section heading and topic sentence for the third main point A section heading and topic sentence for the fourth main point (optional) A conclusion paragraph The final draft must be 2,500-3,000 words. The word count is the only factor that matters, but just so you have an idea, this will be about 8-10 pages double spaced. The final draft is worth 40% of your final course grade and should include: A revised version of everything from the 1,900-word graded draft. Read the feedback and rubric on your 1,900-word graded draft when making revisions. If you need more help, see me in office hours or see a writing tutor. While you’re waiting for the 1,900-word graded draft to be graded, consider writing the last main point(s). You’re allowed to make major changes if it improves your paper. You’re allowed to make few changes if the quality of the first graded draft was quite high. Make sure the conclusion paragraph is the last paragraph of the paper and the works cited contains an accurate list of sources for the final draft. The third main point (each main point is a section approximately 2-3 pages) The fourth main point (optional; each main point is a section approximately 2-3 pages) All English 102 courses must meet minimum word count requirements due to IAI requirements for transferable courses. When counting words in your paper, do not count the works cited. Select the text you want to count then do a word count. See these links for instructions on how to do a word count in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Pages. Instructions for the Research Essay For this assignment, you will write a research essay on the topic approved during your proposal process. If you find you want or need to stray from that approved topic, you must meet with the instructor during a 1-on-1 meeting to see if a change is possible. The research essay should take a stand on an issue relevant to your research topic; this means the thesis statement should make an argument, and the body of the paper should support that argument through logical organization, presentation of evidence, and counterargument. The following components are required for this essay: Source requirement This essay is required to cite at least eight reliable sources. All sources should be published in the last ten years. At least four of these sources should be peer-reviewed and longer than ten pages. Each body paragraph must have citations from a minimum of 2 different sources. Persuasive thesis statement; it is clear throughout the entire essay what argument is being made. Topic sentences for main points also make an argument. Section headings before each main point. See the sample paper for examples of section heading formatting. Evidence backing up claims are logically explained in relation to the thesis and topic sentences. At least one body paragraph dedicated to counterargument in the paper (Do not simply add this paragraph at the end of the paper. Counterargument may be one paragraph within a main point or it may be one or more entire main points). See “Planting a Naysayer” reading and quiz on Brightspace for more info. At least one body paragraph addresses the use of identity politics in relation to your topic. Do not simply add this paragraph at the end of the paper. A paragraph that discusses how people are organizing around your topic may help you argue the point you’re making in a main point, or it may be one or more entire main points. Remember racial identity politics is when people of a similar racial identity organize together to gain access to power. This can be the power to do something positive (like try to make education a fairer experience for Latinos) or the power to do something negative (like try to make America a nation for whites only). Introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph appropriate to a research essay. Appropriate use of MLA in terms of general paper formatting, in-text citations, and works cited page

 

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