Argumentative Researched Paper
Description: 5-6 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt.-font, plus MLA formatted citations page
Sources: At least 6 sources (3 must be scholarly peer-reviewed sources, NO WIKIPEDIA), plus at least 1 visual (table or figure)
Due Date: 11/2
Write a well-researched essay that highlights a public conversation or debate and answers a research question that engages readers.
Your essay should
1) provide some historical background or context for the debate,
2) establish common ground with readers,
3) set forth the urgency of your argument, focus or perspective,
4) treat both sides fairly, and
5) acknowledge critics and counterarguments.
To recap, a successful essay will demonstrate
•a focused perspective on a public conversation or debate,
•an engaging research conversation
•credible source materials and credentials of sources,
•synthesis of key terms,
•accurate MLA form, including how to integrate visuals or illustrations, how to integrate direct quotes with signal phrases, how to introduce, cite and comment on long quotations.
Envision skeptical readers who will make up their minds after reading your essay.
You should convince them to agree with you.
Highlight the research conversation around the topic. Define your research question. Provide a tentative answer to your research question (your own analytical or interpretative claim that you make about the topic).
Provide historical background and context. Support your claim with evidence from your sources. In doing this, synthesize your sources and explain to readers how your sources support and extend your claim.
Sum up the main points of your argument.
1. Does the research paper clearly state both the research question and the claim?
2. Does the research paper incorporate appropriate sources to support, complicate, and extend the thesis? Does the essay present a conversation among the sources?
3. Does the research paper analyze specific details from the sources in order to develop the thesis?
4. Does the research paper exhibit coherence through a logical flow of ideas and the use of well-developed paragraphs, transitions, attributive tags, and strong verbs?
5. Does it adhere to MLA format and citation standards and contain few, if any, grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors?