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Research paper assignment

  1. 1. ENG 101 – BoltonEssay Assignment 3: Research Paper Important Dates and RequirementsTopic Proposal Due: March 15 (by 5:00 p.m.—via e-mail)Pre-Writing Due: March 18 (12:30 class); March 20 (9:30) (at class time)Outline Due: April 1 (at class time)Draft Due to TurnitIn for PeerMark: April 8 (by 11:59 p.m.)PeerMark Must be Completed By: April 12 (by 11:59 p.m.)Paper Due to Instructor: April 22 (by 5:00 p.m.)Length: 1700-3400 words*Outside Sources Required: Six—see “Part 2: Researching Your Topic” below for detailsSubmission Methods: Hard copy (to me), electronic copy to TurnitIn * Essays that are too short, too long, or don’t meet the source requirements will receive half credit.In your last two essays, you analyzed and responded to an argument; now, it is your turn to make one. Iexpect you to read Chapters 9 and 32 in your Norton Field Guide thoroughly, as they discuss all thecomponents of arguing. Here are the additional guidelines you must follow to get full credit: Part 1: Choosing a Topic 1.) Select one of the ―technology horror stories‖ from Steven Casey’s Set Phasers on Stun or The Atomic Chef to be what ―provokes you.‖ Remember, your argument has to be prompted/provoked by something—in this case, you will find a story that provokes you and build an argument based on the event. For example, ―Signal Detection‖ might lead you to question the effectiveness of airport security and perhaps suggest improvements (see sample essay on D2L). (―Signal Detection‖ is the only story from the books you cannot use). Since you are now provoked by an event, not someone’s opinions, you have flexibility in what you want to argue—as long as it’s relevant to the story/event, it is acceptable. 2.) Submit a topic proposal to your instructor via e-mail ( ONLY—not through D2L) that requests the story and states what argument you will (likely) be making. Consult pages 177-179 of your Norton Field Guide for details on topic proposals The proposal must include the following: o Title of story you want to use o Why this story interests you—what provoked you when you read it and why? o Your intended focus—what argument are you leaning towards making? No two students may request the same story, so requests will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis; for this reason, you should probably have a couple of ―back up‖ stories in mind in case your first choice is already taken. Please note that the topic proposal is an informal and ungraded requirement but a very important one. You cannot begin on the pre-writing until your story has been approved; if you do not receive instructor approval by the deadline, work you complete for this essay assignment may not receive credit.
  2. 2. Part 2: Researching Your Topic1.) Locate the following to support your claim—you must include EACH of the following in your essay (and you must quote from each within the essay itself): One book (printed, published, physical—not an e-book) One e-book (from library database) Two articles (from library database(s)) One Film-on-Demand (from library database) o Note: If you can’t find a Film-on-Demand, come see me and I’ll give you an alternate option—but you must let me know in advance! The story that prompted you to write this o You do not have to directly quote/cite from this, but it must be mentioned in your introduction and should therefore be included on your Works Cited page2.) Print and annotate each source you will use in your essay—you are required to submit these with the final essay (except the film on demand) For books/e-books, you may print/copy a few relevant pages—the entire document is not required. Some additional notes/warnings about Research All sources (except book and ―provoking‖ story) MUST come from a library database—if a source doesn’t come from the library database, it doesn’t count (meaning your essay will receive half credit for just ONE slip!) You may use more than these five sources, but all must be scholarly – if you include ten sources and one isn’t scholarly, you may receive half credit Unless they come from a database, newspaper articles are not scholarly. Only one dictionary is scholarly (and acceptable): The Oxford English Dictionary. It will only count once (regardless of the number of words cited) and won’t count as your book; any other dictionary does not count at all! On your Works Cited page, you must include the name of the database where you retrieved the article—this is typical MLA format, but I warn you because if I can’t tell where you got it, I can’t check it, and if I can’t verify it, it may not count… Part 3: Constructing Your Essay1.) In your introduction paragraph, summarize/explain the issue for readers, discussing the ―provoking‖ as well as the overall topic/controversy.2.) The last sentence of your introduction must be your thesis statement, which should clearly state your claim and some brief reasons for your claim.3.) The body paragraphs of your essay should support the claim, offering solid reasoning through both your own ideas and the research, and you should use the rhetorical appeals of logos, ethos, and/or pathos to persuade your reader. (Don’t forget to avoid logical fallacies as well!)4.) In your essay, you must quote from each source (except ―provoking‖ story) at least once—you may summarize and paraphrase additionally, but you will lose 15 points for each source you do not quote from.5.) Include a counterargument (―naysayer‖) somewhere in your essay.6.) Follow MLA format (including a Works Cited page with all sources on it!)
  3. 3. Additional “Process” AssignmentsYou will be required to turn in both pre-writing and an outline for this assignment—both areworksheets on D2L that you can simply print out and fill out by hand. These are due on the due dateslisted at the beginning of this assignment sheet and on the course syllabus. Where to Go for HelpRelevant Textbook Chapters for… Quoting – They Say I Say (TSIS), Chapter 3; Norton Field Guide (NFG), Chapters 46 and 48 Summarizing – TSIS, Chapter 2; NFG, Chapter 46 Arguing (general concept) – NFG, Chapters 32 and 9 Supporting Your Claim – NFG, Chapters 31, 34, 35, 39 Writing an Introduction – NFG, Chapter 29; TSIS, Chapters 1 and 7 Writing a Conclusion – NFG, Chapter 29 Writing a Counterargument – TSIS, Chapter 6 MLA Format – NFG, Chapter 49 Structure/transitions – NFG, Chapter 30; TSIS, Chapter 8 Language Use – TSIS, Chapters 5, 9, 10Additional Online Resources ENG 101 Guidebook - ENG 101 LibGuide (for Bolton) - D2L – ―Research Paper and Annotated Bibliography‖ unit (various handouts available) Purdue OWL - Additional Assignments In addition to turning these items in on the due dates listed on the course outline/syllabus, you must also return them with the final hard copy of your essay—put everything in your folder. You may lose points for any items missing. Pre-Writing = _____/10 Outline = _____/15 Other Items You Must Turn In: These items are also due with the final copy of your essay; for each missing (or incomplete), your essay may be penalized up to 20 points. □ Copy of this rubric (print and turn in) □ Introduction worksheet (from class) □ copy of this rubric (all four pages—print and turn in) □ copy of EACH SOURCE used in your essay—each source must be thoroughly annotated (-20 for each source not included; -15 for each not annotated)) o Exclude ―film on demand‖ o For books/e-books (and extremely long articles), just print/copy a few relevant pages o You don’t have to include your ―provoking‖ story, though you are welcome to do so Don’t forget that you also have to submit your final copy to!
  4. 4. Student Name: _________________________ PeerMark Grade: _____/20 Essay 3: Research Paper (150 points) Scale: 12.5 = perfect/excellent, 10 = good, 7.5 = fair, 0 = poor or missing 12.5 10 7.5 0Introduction effectively and objectively summarizes issue, offers what―sparked‖ essay, provides necessary background information, states why theissue is important, and ―plants a naysayer‖ (―they say‖)Thesis statement is clear and well-developed, makes an arguable claim, and isthe last sentence of the introductionEach body paragraph includes a topic sentence that outlines that paragraphand connects to the thesisBody paragraphs are appropriate, concrete, and well-developed; examples arelogical and effectiveCounterargument (the ―they say‖) paragraph is included, well-presented,(fairly and objectively), and ultimately weakened/discreditedIn-text citations are formatted correctly, properly framed, and used effectivelyto support thesis; sources and quotes are well-chosen and appropriateLogos, ethos, and pathos are effectively used to appeal to readers; logicalfallacies are avoidedConclusion avoids introducing new ideas and adequately summarizes essayEssay is well-organized; transitions effectively enhance essay’s ―flow‖ byguiding readerVocabulary, language use, and word choices are correct and appropriateNote: You should avoid second-person (“you,” “your,” “you’re”) andunnecessary first-person (I think, I believe, in my opinion, etc.)Grammar, spelling, and mechanics demonstrate correct use of StandardEdited American EnglishMLA Format is followed throughout essay (including Works Cited page) * Please consult your essay for details; if you do not understand a comment I made, please don’t hesitate to come see me during office hours to discuss your essay. Note: If your total ends in .5, it will be rounded up to the nearest whole number. See Checklist on page 3 of this assignment sheet! Grade: _____/150