- 7-10 pages
1) Paper Length
The purpose of this paper is for you to think over and delve deeper into one of the main topics that we have discussed in class. Do NOT take on an entirely new topic
The paper (at least 2-3 pages) should address a problem, and at least one major theoretical viewpoint towards that problem that we have discussed in class. Clarify how that pertains to your particular topic. You should cite at least 2-3 of the assigned readings.
You should incorporate a new case study or a new idea, citing at least one new reading.
The paper should be organized around a question or debate, following the style of the "Taking Sides" reading
3) The Process and Grading Rubric
Nov. 5th - Paper Title Due - 5 pts
Nov. 12th - Annotated Bibliography Due - 5 pts
Nov. 17th - Paper Outline Due - 5 pts
Dec. 1st - First Draft Due - 5 pts
Dec. 3rd - Comments on Drafts Due - 10 pts
Dec. 10th - Paper Presentations - 10 pts
Dec. 12th - Paper Due - 40 pts
TOTAL POINTS: 80
4) Grammar and Style
NEVER use the first person. Any sentence that is not directly cited is assumed to be your opinion or assessment of the issue.
Do not cite the lecture, cite the readings.
Use APA Style for citing references.
5) Annotated Bibliography
For each reference, 3-4 sentences explaining the type of information you expect to draw from the reference, and how it contributes to your topic
6) Peer Review
a. Are there sub-headings? Y N
b. Did the content within match the subheadings? Y N
If no, identify one subheading and describe the content within it that does not fit
c. On the back of this piece of paper, write an outline of the paper
d. Do you have a suggestion of how the structure might be adjusted to strengthen the paper?
2. Thesis and Conclusions
a. In the paper, underline and “star” the paper’s thesis statement
b. Is this thesis statement clear, easy to find, and strong? Y N
c. In the paper, identify the three most important pieces of evidence to support the thesis. Number them in the margin and circle the numbers 1, 2, 3
d. Does the paper arrive at clear conclusions that support the thesis statement? Y N
e. Are the conclusions strongly supported by the evidence? Y N
f. Do you have a suggestion of some evidence, or an argument, that could strengthen the paper?
3. Grammar and Style
a. For the first 3 pages:
- circle poorly chosen words
- write “AWK” next to sentences that are hard to follow or awkward
- circle misspellings or incorrect grammar
- circle incorrect citation styles
- circle first-person references