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Determine a problem that exists in our society (e.g., education, politics, morality, religion, technology, science, higher education).

Assignment:

We have the opportunity to construct a research proposal about a topic we want to further investigate and discuss. The proposal will be approximately 2-3 pages and include an annotated bibliography of three sources. Note: This assignment will lead to the development of our research paper.

Rationale:

The skills used in this assignment are essential in understanding and processing information, establishing the relationship between sophisticated use of sources and research writing, conducting research relevant to the scope of inquiry, and creating a discussion based on a central focus.

Process:

1. Determine a problem that exists in our society (e.g., education, politics, morality, religion, technology, science, higher education). While the problem should be significant to many people, select a topic with which you are familiar.

2. Using research strategies from class discussions as guidance, investigate the various aspects associated with your topic.

3. Construct a 2-3 page research proposal that includes the following sections:

Introduction: Present an overall introduction to your topic by discussing the overall significance of the problem and its importance to you as well as the ways in which this topic is important to the reader.

Methods: Discuss the process you will undertake to research your topic and 3-5 main research questions that will guide your investigation.

Sources: Discuss specific texts or categories of text that you plan to use to further your understanding on your research topic and why/how you think these texts will be helpful. You should present at least five sources, three of which will be annotated. Note that an annotated bibliography summarizes the source you read, indicates your analysis of the text, and shows its relevance to your research.

Timeline: Discuss your research process and when you plan to complete the major phases of your research paper (research deadlines, drafting and revising paper, etc.)

Conclusion: Remind the reader about the importance of the topic and need for further investigation.

Effective proposal:

An effective proposal will have the following characteristics:

� A narrowed scope and a clear sense of purpose and focus

� An organizational structure appropriate the assignment

� Language and style appropriate to the audience and context

� Appropriate detail, information, and examples

� Proper mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation)

Format and Design:

Your essay will follow these format and design requirements:

� Use MLA format where in the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor’s name, the course, and the date; include a title for your essay using standard capitalization; and you create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner.

� Use 11 or 12-point type size (Times New Roman, Calibri, or Cambria)

Evaluation Criteria:

The assignment will be evaluated by the following criteria:

Focus � The purpose should be clear and appropriate

� There should be little if any clutter

Unity and Cohesion � The organization should be masterful

� Sentences and paragraphs should show a sophisticated level of unity and coherence.

Content � The proposal should provide an in-depth discussion for each section.

Clarity � The proposal should demonstrate a mastery of language and reveal sophistication of usage and syntax.

Mechanics � Punctuation, grammar, or spelling errors should not weaken the assignment

Dr. Taylor

ENG 102

100 points

Research Paper

Assignment:

We have the opportunity to construct a research paper about a solution to a problem that exists within our society. The paper will be approximately 5-8 pages, incorporate at least ten sources, and include a Works Cited page.

Rationale:

The skills used in this assignment are essential in understanding and processing information, conducting research relevant to the scope of inquiry, creating a discussion based on a central controlling idea, and demonstrating characteristics of an academically researched argument.

Process:

4. Using your research proposal as guidance, reexamine your selected problem that exists in our society. Again, while the problem should be significant to many people, the topic selected should be one with which you are familiar.

5. Using research strategies from class discussions as guidance, further your investigation into the various aspects associated with your topic (problem, significance, etc.). Also, investigate a possible solution to the problem as well as evidence to support this solution.

6. Determine a solution to your selected topic along with at least three reasons to support your perspective. Note: your solution doesn�t have to solve the entire problem, but rather may solve only part or be the initial steps to solving the problem.

7. Construct a 5-8 page research paper that includes the following sections: introduction; statement and evidence of the problem; significance of the problem; your solution, rationale, and evidence of support; and conclusion. Note: While your paper must have these sections, they can be titled whatever you think is appropriate for your discussion.

Effective proposal:

An effective research paper will have the following characteristics:

� A narrowed scope and a clear sense of purpose and focus

� A clear sense of purpose and focus

� An organizational structure appropriate to purpose, audience, and context

� Language and style appropriate to the audience and context

� Appropriate detail, information, and examples

� Proper mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation)

� Use a range of appropriate persuasive strategies and appeals

Format and Design:

Your essay will follow these format and design requirements:

� Use MLA format where in the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor’s name, the course, and the date; include a title for your essay using standard capitalization; and you create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner.

� Use 11 or 12-point type size (Times New Roman, Calibri, or Cambria)

� The Works Cited page will be separate from the essay�s analysis

Evaluation Criteria:

The assignment will be evaluated by the following criteria:

Focus � The purpose should be clear and appropriate

� The essay should introduce/conclude masterfully as well as engage the reader

� There should be little if any clutter

Unity and Cohesion � The essay should powerfully exhibits an organizational strategy

� The organization should be masterful

� Sentences and paragraphs should show a sophisticated level of unity and coherence.

Content � The argument should present a highly coherent, clearly logical case in support of the thesis.

� The essay should provide an in-depth discussion for each section.

Clarity � The essay should demonstrate a mastery of language and reveal sophistication of usage and syntax.

Mechanics � Punctuation, grammar, or spelling errors should not weaken the assignment.


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