(Rough Draft 1.5 pages, Final Draft 3 pages)
For the final paper (at least 3 pages), we will be continuing to practice many of the same skills we worked on for Essay #2: presenting an argument, supporting that argument with evidence, coming into our own voices, etc. The only real difference, here, is that now you get to pick the topic. The only rule is that no one is allowed to work on the following: school uniforms or the legalization of marijuana. (These are fine topics. I just cannot handle reading any more papers on the topics!)
Here is the assignment itself:
Compose a persuasive essay in which you support a well-reasoned, well-researched argument on a topic of your choice.
Here is some more specific information:
This is a research-based essay. Everyone, for the final draft, must use 3 reliable sources. (A good tip is to use the Berkeley College Library databases. I’ll include some information about this during Week 11.) I also highly recommend Google Scholar.
Every paper should include a Works Cited page at the end. This (as well as the cover page, if we have one) do not factor into the page count. The goal is to write 3 pages of our own material!
You can use your own personal experience, but it must be in the service of the argument. In other words, you are supporting evidence. You’re not the focus.
All papers should use 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins. The body paragraphs should be double-spaced.
Make sure you have a thesis statement. For more information about thesis statements, you can click here.
For the non-creative options, make sure you use quotes and then analyze them. A great way to do this is to use the “quote sandwich,” which is simple and easy-to-use. For more info on this, click here.
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I also just made 2 videos on (1) why quotes matter and (2) how we can use them. For information on why quoting is important, click here
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. For information on how to quote, click here.
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For the creative options, feel free to think outside the box. These are meant to be creative and fun. So, you are more than welcome to take a new approach to the assignment topic!