You can choose something that is personally important to you and you can ring in your personal experience (as long as it doesn’t relate to one of the banned topics above). Your reasoned argument must be at least five pages long, not including the works cited page. Your ultimate goal will be to persuade the reader to agree with one side of an issue (or at least respect your side), understand the causes of a process or phenomenon, or to accept a proposed solution to a particular problem by providing supporting reasons and evidence for your opinion.
Your grade will depend on how well you follow the strategy, work with MEAL, and incorporate estimate sources to make a case based in reason, logic and appropriate evidence. Your minimum number of required sources must have been published somehow -? in print format or on the Web. You may use other sources, such as TV and interviews, but they won’t count toward your required sources unless you have actual printed transcripts from a legitimate source (your transcriptions or your friend’s transcriptions of an interview or TV show would not count).
Your sources must be legitimate both in how well they reflect accurate information, being trustworthy and reliable, as well as up to date. At least one must be from a peer-reviewed journal. “Up to date” can vary according to the topic. In other words, don’t submit a paper on a very current topic and focus on irrelevant sources from three to five years ago. (For example, if your topic were about music downloading, you would be off-base if you only talked about Anapest and used sources more than three years old. ) If your subject has a focus that is current or recent, then you need to have current and recent sources.
Depending on the topic, some old sources may be appropriate, while for others, two years old eight be too old. See me if you have questions. In some subjects, one has to rely on older statistics because nothing more recent is available. However, if you rely on older statistics when more recent ones are available, that would be grounds for downgrading. For some topics, seminal sources that are older can be very relevant to your discussion. Your job is to search out dependable sources, weigh the most effective, and incorporate that material.
Encyclopedias (book, CD-ROOM, Or Internet including Wisped), dictionaries, or brief Internet entries, blobs, transcripts from TV and radio orgasm, and so forth will NOT count as your required sources. (You may use these, but only sparingly and only with very good reason). You must be very careful about the origin of your sources. For example, if you are writing about the U. S. Judicial system, then you should not be bringing in sources speaking about the systems in the United Kingdom or Australia – unless your specific focus is on comparing the countries. Eave seen too many students simply access the first few entries in a Google search and use whatever comes up, even if it from an “AU” or “UK” source. It shows that they could not Eave possibly been paying attention to the full context of their source (in some cases even the title or website), and any such lack Of care on your part will reflect on your grade. You must incorporate quotes and paraphrases appropriately, for a total of at least four quotes and four paraphrases your required three sources.
You are welcome to add more if you like, and you are welcome to use additional sources as well. If there is no way you can fairly include four quotes and four paraphrases (total) from your three main sources and still have the paper flow well, then oh can offer the remainder in an attachment to your paper (e. G. , if you provide three quotes and three paraphrases in your paper from your three main sources, then you need to supplement that with an attachment that shows you practicing doing one other quote and one more paraphrase).
If you do this attachment, you must place the quote or paraphrase in context -? appropriately lead into the material with bookends and source it correctly, so it is clear where the quote or paraphrase begins and ends and what the source is, according to MEAL style). You must also word process and double- pace the attachment. One of your four required quotes must be a block quote, meeting the requirements discussed in Hacker and Somers and following the format shown there and on DEL.
If you cannot find a quotation that meets the requirements for a block quote that would fit into your paper appropriately, then you must do one apart from the paper as a separate attachment. You must use MEAL in citing sources in text and in presenting the required You must provide Xerox copies of the sources you are quoting or paraphrasing, with the material you used clearly highlighted on those copies. The harder it is for me to find your material, the lower your grade. ) Please do not rip Out pages from a book.
If you cannot afford to Xerox the specific pages of the book you are citing, please go to Student Success Center to make copies or see me. ) You must turn in a portfolio folder with your other essays (with my comments). You must underline your thesis statement in the version downloaded into the Drop. You will receive 1 50 points for every peer review you seek from a fellow Eng. 102 student and use to finalize your paper, and you will give a grade of up to 50 points to each of the peer reviewers you sought out, depending on how much they assisted you.
You must announce the names of your peer reviewers and the points you are assigning them on the front page of the version you download into the Drop. You must announce the names of your peer reviewers and the points you are assigning them on the front page of your downloaded paper. Your folder must include the copies of your paper that the peer reviewers marked for this paper, the graded Plagiarism Paper with my comments, the graded Career Paper with my comments, and your sources for this paper,