THE ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH ESSAY
FRESHMAN ENGLISH CAPSTONE ESSAY
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH ESSAY (ESSAY 4)
The final draft of this essay will be 5 â€“ 7 pages (excluding Works Cited Page)
This essay should be directed toward the community at large. Diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, and political backgrounds must be considered. You may assume a common, concerned interest in the health and sustainability of the community.
As with all essays in this course, you must use Modern Language Association Format for the document. When citing sources, you must use MLA Documentation Style that you reviewed earlier in this Learning Unit.
The organization of this essay will be similar to Essay 3 (The Argumentative Essay) in that you will have in introduction; evidence paragraphs in support of your thesis; a refutation paragraph identifying, discussing, and refuting the opposition; and a concluding paragraph. This time, however, your supporting evidence paragraphs will be enriched and strengthened by the facts, opinions, and ideas of other writers and experts. Also, your position will pertain to one of the topics or issues relating to sustainable agriculture, business, or communities that you have identified and explored in earlier assignments in this unit.
Once you commit to a topic, you may modify your position, but must avoid changing the topic itself. It is crucial that you work through all the stages of writing on a single topic. As you inform yourself about the topic from reading sources, you may discover that your position alters and perhaps changes all together as you weigh authoritative evidence. This is not necessarily a sign that you are not working well on this assignment! Indeed, the willingness to weigh evidence and gain new insights is a valuable skill for a college thinker and critical reader. During your initial reading on the topic, leave yourself open to these new ideas and information. Avoid becoming too rigid about the particular position you wish to defend until you have gathered as much data and facts possible.
NUMBER OF SOURCES REQUIRED
You will need a minimum of 5 varied sources. Books, articles, and Internet sites are appropriate sources. Wikipedia, Encyclopedias and dictionaries are not considered valid sources for college research, even though you may certainly consult them in order to get a general sense of your topic.
IMPORTANT: Be sure you keep careful and accurate records of your research. In the event that I have any questions regarding the authenticity and/or accuracy of your sources or your documentation, you must be able to provide a record and evidence of your efforts.
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