Your final out-of-class paper will be a multi-source research paper of 7-10 pages in which you define a problem and take a position arguing for a specific response or responses that you see as mitigating or solving the problem.
The problem you write about may be related to one of the topic areas from our textbook, The Writer’s Presence, and you are encouraged to use one of the essays in our book to help you begin defining the problem and as a jumping off point for your research.
The paper must be an argument, not a personal essay and not a report. In it you should do the following:
Overdone topics, such as abortion, gun control, media violence, marijuana legalization, gay marriage, the death penalty, etc., are not acceptable as topics for this paper.
The paper must be typed, double-spaced, with 1″ margins on all sides and use Times New Roman 12 pt. typeface.
A successful paper will be well organized with an introduction, clear and logical paragraphing, and a conclusion. It will contain a clearly stated thesis that you support with relevant, ample evidence. It should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
The final draft is due on TBD. The research paper counts as 25% of your grade.
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