Unit III: Researched Position PaperDue: Thursday, May 21st  Purpose and Audience:This project is a thoroughly researched, thesis-driven, argumentative essay that demonstrates competence in both research and composition.  You should assume that your audience is a diverse group of people who may be neutral or slightly skeptical of your position.  Content:This essay must be a thesis-driven argument that puts forward and supports an answer to your research question. The essay should have an identifiable introduction, body, and conclusion. Include an interesting and informative title.  § The Introduction should grab the reader’s attention and provide necessary background information on the topic, provide a focus for the paper, and state a clear and precise thesis.  The introduction may be several paragraphs long.  § The Body of the essay should offer a clear argument driven by textual proof and your own argumentation as well as clear engagement with the critical sources. Your essay should employ sound reasoning as it defends the thesis through logical argumentation and presentation of sound evidence.  It should contain no material that is not directly relevant to the thesis.  Explanations should be detailed and coherent and should avoid vague or generalized assertions.  Examples, illustrations, and supporting detail should be used frequently and appropriately to demonstrate the validity of the thesis.  The essay should also present criticisms of the thesis (i.e., counterarguments) fairly, and it should address such criticisms rationally and appropriately.  You may integrate any relevant portion of your previous essays and/or parts of your annotated bibliography into this essay if you revise them for this new rhetorical purpose. § The Conclusion should bring adequate closure to the paper.  While it should reemphasize the thesis, it should also avoid excessive repetition of previous points. It should also address the overarching implications of the topic on the reading audience. Why should they care about this issue? Sources:This essay must use and cite a minimum of eight sources.  It must use at least three scholarly sources (books, peer-reviewed journal articles, etc.). In addition, the essay may cite sources from other credible media such as newspaper articles, popular periodicals, government documents, published interviews and speeches, studies, surveys, etc.  Do not rely on only one or two sources for the majority of your information.  All quotations must be quoted exactly and attributed to the proper source.  Quotations should be smoothly integrated into the paper and should also be explained adequately.  DocumentationMLA citation must be used correctly and consistently throughout the essay and the works cited page.  In-text citations should be used whenever you are using a quotation, a paraphrase, or even a summary of an idea from a source. You can find the guidelines for the MLA 8 format in the Unit I Citations PowerPoint or another online resource like the Purdue Owl.  The Works Cited page must be arranged alphabetically by the authors’ last names and must give full, accurate bibliographic information for each source.  The works cited page should list only those works that are actually cited in the text, and every citation in the text must clearly refer to a citation on the works cited page. Lastly, remember to evenly double-space your works cited page and indent every line after the first by ½”.Technicalities§ Length: This essay must be at least 2000 words, but should not exceed 2500 words. In order to pass, the essay must meet the minimum word count. It should be typed and double-spaced in 12-pt. Times New Roman font with 1” margins. Be sure to include your last name and page number in the upper right hand corner of every page. § Heading (not header):single-spaced in the top left corner ON THE FIRST PAGE ONLY. Please include your name, the course, your instructor’s name, and the date.§ Title: centered and un-bolded on the first page. Make it interesting and informative. § Please use proper MLA formatting for all source essay quotations and please include a Works Cited page at the end.Turning in your essay:§ Your Researched Position Paper is due Thursday, May 21st by 11:59 PM.§ Your Researched Position Paper should be submitted via Canvas as a Word Document or PDF. Other file types will NOT be accepted.

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