Essay #3: Final Argumentative Research Paper

Essay #3: Final Argumentative Research Paper

General Overview
We’ve read that Affluenza is a serious disease! It affects so many people and many areas of our life. If we agree that we need to get better, how should we do it?

In this final unit, you will write an argumentative essay supported by your own research on how the disease should be treated. You will argue a position and acknowledge an opposing argument. Your goal is to convince your reader that implementing your proposed course of action will lead to a cure (or at least an improvement).

General Requirements
• Describe your method of treatment and support it with examples from your research
• Research support for why your suggested method of treatment is most effective
• Consider and address a counter-argument against your opinion
• Synthesize information from a variety of credible sources
• Use the library database as well as other credible sources on the internet which provide you with appropriate academic resources for your paper
• Use MLA citation including a reference page and in text citations

Specific Requirements
• Length must be 5-6 pages, double-spaced, 12-point type.
• You can include brief quotes, but the majority of your information should be paraphrased from your sources.
• You must use at least 4 resources* in addition to Affluenza (you are welcome, and in fact encouraged, to use more) retrieved from Skyline Library’s database. One of the additional resources must be a paper book.
• You must use MLA format with a reference page containing all works cited.
• Your Final Portfolio will include ALL OF YOUR DRAFTS and work (including a proofreading draft that clearly shows visible proofreading and editing), your research proposal, your outline, and notes from your sources.

*You must also include (electronic) copies of all the articles that you used for your research with the passages highlighted that you paraphrased, summarized, or quoted in your essay.

Milestones
Research Proposal:

Outline:

Managing Your Research Worksheets (for at least 5 texts):

First Draft:

Second Draft:

Final Draft: Friday, May 25, 9:00 am, Canvas submission included

CRITERIA FOR A SUCCESSFUL ESSAY:
Your essay will:
 Have a thesis that clearly and thoroughly answers your own research question
 Support your point of view with well-reasoned and logical points
 Use PEA ¶s to make your ideas clear and convincing, giving enough logical evidence and analysis to “prove” your main idea to the reader
 Synthesize ideas from your chosen sources and Affluenza
 Use MORE paraphrased than quoted material from the texts
 Include counter-argument in the essay
 Include an engaging introduction and conclusion (using the techniques presented in class).
 Use correct MLA citations in text and works cited page
 Be proofread and free of major grammar errors
 Meet the ESOL 400 essay rubric requirements

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