Overview: This next assignment is a new scholarly article. The scholarly article focuses on the following skills: organizing your argument, marshaling the most persuasive and solid evidence for your position, and integrating the ongoing conversation into your argument (thus showing that your position is informed because you have considered all sides of the issue). It also focuses on paraphrasing material from sources and integrating quotations into your own writing. You have to be in control of the argument and the material from sources; otherwise, you have a data dump. The rhetorical techniques in TSIS are very important for this assignment.
along with the other students in this class, will be your audience. We may not know much about your topic, so provide clear background information. Your goal will be to persuade us to agree with your opinion of your issue, so we need to have a clear idea of what your opinion is and the evidence that convinced you. We also want to be assured that you have considered other points of view on your issue, which you can do by representing opposing views in your paper (see TSIS chapter 6). Remember, you are both teaching us about your topic and attempting to persuade us to agree with your opinion on it. A successful research paper will have a clear thesis statement and an easy-to-grasp structure. It will include credible evidence to support each point, and it will acknowledge opposing or divergent views.
Formatting: You must follow MLA format, and your ability to use this format will be a component of your grade. Your paper must be double-spaced with one-inch margins on all four sides. Do not skip a line between paragraphs. Use 12-point Times New Roman font and include a heading and page numbers. Your paper must include a Works Cited page at the end. In addition to a Works Cited page, you must use MLA in-text citations for any information that you directly quote, paraphrase or summarize. For example, if you directly quote from a source, then you must put the author’s name and page number after the quotation. The same goes for information that is summarized or paraphrased.