Eng 101 - Arguing a Position with Research


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Eng 101 - Arguing a Position with Research

  1. 1. ENG 101 – BoltonEssay Assignment 4: Arguing a Position with ResearchDraft Due for in-Class Peer Review: April 5 (TR); April 9 (MW)Paper Due to Instructor: April 10 (TR); April 11 (MW)Length: 1500-3000 words (any essay that falls outside the length requirements, whether over or under, will be penalized 15 points)Outside Sources Required: Five (all must be scholarly and one must be a printed book; see the section on “Research” below—you will be penalized 15 points for each source missing and 15 points for each that isn’t scholarly)Submission Methods: Hard copy (to me), electronic copy to the D2L DropboxIn your last two essays, you analyzed an argument; now, it is your turn to make one. I expect you toread Chapter 9 in your Norton Field Guide thoroughly, as it discusses all the components of arguing aposition.Follow these guidelines while constructing your essay: Choose a topic that examines the use of technology in a particular aspect of our lives o Examples: technology in education, technology in medicine, technology in sports, technology in a particular workplace, etc. o If it helps, think back to the true ―technology horror stories‖ we’ve read this semester— did one of those make you angry? Do you have a strong opinion on the issue? If so, that might spark a research topic…. Include an appropriate summary of the issue (primarily in the introduction) for your readers (see Chapter 2 of They Say I Say and/or Chapter 46 in your Norton Field Guidefor additional information on summarizing) Offer a clear, well-developed thesis that makes an argument of definition, causation, evaluation, or recommendation (refer back to your notes for details on these—your claim must be arguable!) Offer solid, logical reasons for your claim (Make sure you avoid fallacies as well) Research – Locate five scholarly sources that you can quote or paraphrase in your essay. o A scholarly source is either a published book or an article from the library databases. o Unless they come from a database, newspaper articles are not scholarly. o Only one dictionary is scholarly (and therefore acceptable): The Oxford English Dictionary. o One of your five sources must be a published, printed book (not an eBook)—this means a trip to the library is probably in your future! (The remaining four sources may be additional books or articles from the databases; the choice is yours.) o IMPORTANT:You must submit all sources to me (except the book) with your final essay; this means you should print them (though you can turn in the copies you have written on; it doesn’t matter. Quotefrom each source at least once in your essay (see Chapter 3 of They Say I Say for details on quoting and Chapter 49 in your Norton Field Guide for an example of formatting) o This means a direct quote, not a paraphrase; though you may paraphrase additionally, you must quote (meaning word-for-word, in quotation marks) at least once from each source. Follow MLA format (you should have a Works Cited page with your sources listed on it, and each quote/paraphrase should have a correct parenthetical citation!)Notes/Reminders: Don’t forget to return all your peer review work (drafts and worksheets) with the final copy of your essay and submit your final essay to the D2L Dropbox