Conclusions section directions:
For the Conclusions section of your research paper, discuss whether you thought the argument in the main article was effective/not effective overall, and why you think that; you just gave detailed examples in the Analysis section, so here you can summarize what you said in the Analysis;
optional – you can also give your opinion about the issue, give suggestions for what you want readers to do about the issue, or give suggestions for areas of the topic that still need to be researched
13. Rough Draft directions:
For the Rough Draft, you will submit the work you have completed so far for the Final Research Paper, including previous assignments such as the Main Article Summary, Introduction, Quote Sandwich. Use the Rough Draft Checklist and the Research Paper Outline to help you prepare your Rough Draft.
The Rough Draft will be uploaded to the TurnItIn dropbox in Blackboard (in the Rough Draft folder – see Blackboard for more specifics and deadline). We will discuss how to use TurnItIn in class, but you are responsible for reading the information on “How TurnItIn Works” and additional info on TurnItIn, which can be found in the Quote Sandwich folder and the Rough Draft folder in Blackboard.
Please note: If you do not submit your Rough Draft by the deadline posted in Blackboard, I cannot guarantee that you will get feedback in time to revise for the Final Research Paper.
14. ROUGH DRAFT CHECKLIST
Directions: please check off the completed areas of your rough draft and submit this checklist with your rough draft
I. INTRODUCTION: (see Introduction assignment for directions)
__context: Does intro explain necessary background info on the topic (such as history, terminology, etc.)?
__ debate: Does intro explain at least two sides of the issue discussed in the paper?
II. SUMMARY: (See Summmary assignment for directions)
__ Does summary give title, author, main argument, and major details of main article analyzed in this paper?
III. ANALYSIS: Does the paper do the following?
__ discuss how ethos/pathos/logos are used in the main article? (See How to Write Up Ethos/Pathos/Logos Example assignment)
__ discuss at least 3 points from the main article in depth, comparing research to what the author claims? (see Quote Sandwich assignment)
(Note: see Effectiveness assignment for next 3 questions):
__ describe whether the main article’s argument is effective or ineffective and why?
__ describe whether the author of the main article left out any important info or didn’t answer critical questions about the topic?
__ give any suggestions to make the author’s argument in the main article stronger?
IV. Other: __ are at least 4 sources (in addition to the main article) cited somewhere in this paper?
V. MLA: Does the paper follow MLA format? (see Bedford Handbook sections 56, 56a, 56b)
__ name/page # each page __ in-text citation __ Works Cited page
__ do the in-text citations match up to the Works Cited entries, and vice-versa?(if not, final paper will fail for plagiarism)
Extra Credit reminder for Final Paper: ** maximum of 5 pts extra credit **
early submission = 3 pts; 6th or 7th source = 1 pt each;
15a. Final Research Paper Deadlines:
**FINAL PAPERS ARE DUE (see Blackboard Calendar) BY END OF CLASS. YOU CAN RECEIVE 3 EXTRA CREDIT POINTS IF YOU TURN IN THE PAPER EARLY (see Blackboard Calendar for dates).
**RULES FOR SUBMITTING FINAL PAPER, EARLY OR REGULAR SUBMISSION:
1) RESEARCH PAPERS ARE DUE BY END OF CLASS ON ______________
2) PAPERS TURNED IN AFTER CLASS BUT BEFORE 11:59 P.M. ON THE DUE DATE WILL HAVE 5 POINTS DEDUCTED.
3) PAPERS TURNED IN AFTER 11:59 PM ON THE DUE DATE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ANY CHANGES TO THE DUE DATE/SYLLABUS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN CLASS.
4) FINAL RESEARCH PAPERS MAY ONLY BE SUBMITTED BY UPLOADING PAPER TO THE BLACKBOARD “FINAL PAPER” TURN-IT-IN DROPBOX. A HARDCOPY OF THE FINAL PAPER MUST ALSO BE SUBMITTED BY END OF CLASS ON DUE DATE – EITHER BRING THE HARD COPY TO CLASS, OR LEAVE IT AT MY MAIL FOLDER, OUTSIDE OFFICE 7320.
15b. Final Research Paper Directions (see Blackboard “Final Paper” folder for additional directions; subject to change; any changes will be announced in class)
Please note: The final research paper is 35% of your grade for this course.
For the Final Research Paper, you must submit your original documented research paper in which you provide your rhetorical analysis of a text of your own choice (previously approved by instructor).
The Final Research Paper must be in MLA format; it should be 5-8 pp double-spaced and must include the references (Works Cited) page; it must be in a regular 12 point font.
Plagiarism policy: plagiarizing any part of an assignment, including the final research paper, will earn you an ‘F’ for the course. Not including a Works Cited page is a form of plagiarism. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the rules for avoiding plagiarism and using MLA format for documenting research. These rules can be found in The Bedford Handbook‘s MLA section, especially sections 53-56, highlights of which were covered this semester in class.
Your paper must have the following sections — (Please refer to the Research Paper Outline for more details, and to the separate assignments for the introduction, summary, ethos/pathos/logos section, quote sandwich directions, effectiveness discussion, works cited page, and conclusions)
1) Introduction (background of topic of text);
2) Summary of text (main article), including the author’s argument (statement and proof offered to support that statement);
3) Analysis of the text (main article):
how did the author use ethos, logos, and/or pathos in his/her argument?;
did the author give adequate support for his/her claim?;
would you add anything to make his/her argument stronger?
did the author leave out any important information that contradicts his/her argument?
Analysis section must also include comparison of 3-4 points from your text to at least 4 research sources;
4) Conclusion – what was your overall evaluation of the author’s argument? was it effective or ineffective, and why?; any final thoughts or comments you have on the text
5) Works Cited page – all sources used in your paper must have proper MLA in-text citations and must have full citations on your Works Cited page; all sources on your Works Cited page must be cited somewhere in your paper
Make sure you use Turn It In (as we discussed in class) to help you avoid plagiarism in your Final Paper. Please use the Final Paper checklist and the Turn It In rubric & other feedback on your Rough Draft (peer review, comments in Grade Report or Blackboard email from instructor) to help you write your Final Paper. Please check your Blackboard email daily until your Final Paper grade is posted, in case I need to contact you about your paper.
16. FINAL PAPER CHECKLIST
Directions: Check off the completed items and turn this checklist in with your Final Paper on ______________
Overall requirements for paper:
__ Do the in-text citations match up to the Works Cited entries, and vice-versa? (if not, paper will fail for plagiarism)
__ Are at least 4 sources (in addition to the main article) cited somewhere in this paper? (see Requirements for Research Paper Sources)
Final Paper by section:
The Final Paper is worth 35 points total. See point breakdown below.
___(2.5 pts) I. INTRODUCTION: Does intro explain necessary background info on the topic? Are at least two sides of the issue discussed in the paper explained here?
___(5 pts) II. SUMMARY: (See Summmary assignment for directions)
Does summary give title, author, main argument, and major details of main article analyzed in this paper?
___(20 pts) III. ANALYSIS: Does the paper do the following?:
__(3 pts) discuss how ethos/pathos/logos are used in the main article? (See How to Write Up Ethos/Pathos/Logos Example assignment)
__(12 pts) discuss at least 3 points from the main article in depth, comparing research to what the author claims? (see Quote Sandwich assignment)
(Note: see Effectiveness assignment for next 3 questions):
__(3 pts) describe whether the main article’s argument is effective or ineffective and why?
__(1 pt) describe whether the author of the main article left out any important info or didn’t answer critical questions about the topic?
__(1 pt) give any suggestions to make the author’s argument in the main article stronger?
____(2.5 pts) IV. CONCLUSION: Does the draft include an overall evaluation of the argument in the main article?
____ (5 pts) V. MLA: Does the paper follow MLA format? (see Bedford Handbook sections 56, 56a, 56b) ** note: this section is for whether MLA format was used correctly, not whether paper is plagiarized or not **
__(1) name/page # each page __(2) in-text citation __(2) Works Cited page
Extra Credit: ** max of 5 pts extra credit ** early submission = 3 pts; 6th or 7th source = 1 pt each