“research is formalized curiosity. it is poking and prying with purpose.” - zora neale hurston

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  • Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with purpose. - Zora Neale Hurston

  • (1) based upon several specified sources, (2) presented in a standard method of procedure (in this case argumentative), (3) limited to a relatively narrow phase of a subject, (4) original in selection, evaluation, expression, and conclusion.

  • This is an argumentative paper your topic must be based on a debatable issueGun control, constitutionality of a law, preventability of serious crimes, addictions to social media sites(the list goes on and on and on)Two questions that should be asked and answered: Where are we at? Where should we be?

  • You are to become an expert on this subject in 5-7 pages.The five (5) page and a line minimum does not include your works cited page or any graphs or illustrations you choose to include.You must use in-text citations (MLA format)You must use a total of at least 6 sources

  • You should have a source information page for each sourceYou may use books, ebooks, journals, news articles, internet, prime sources, news broadcast transcriptsAbsolutely NO Wikipedia, about.com (or the like) must be valid

  • Take notes as you readPost-it notes, on text, in a notebookNotes should be a combination of direct quotations and paraphrasing

  • A developed thesis needs to be debatable, interesting, and currentYour thesis must include your stance.Do not use I think or In this paper, I will... type of statements. They are implied.

  • When we present an argument, we are trying to get our audience (or the reader) to agree with usWe want to convince our audience that we are right A Persuasive paper tries (usually through emotion) to get the reader to do somethingIt does not have to be reason-based

  • An argument takes a position and appeals to reason, while persuasion tries to get people to change their attitude or actions.

  • You must find evidence to back up your claimPersuasive and Argumentative papers rely on fact-based conclusions Full development of each idea is also essential

  • Do not merely summarize your sourcesUse then to support your claimsDo not copy and paste This is not creative, its cheating Do not feel overwhelmedYou can do this, and I will helpDo not blow this assignment off We dont even know if summer school is happening

  • No title page1 MarginsTimes New Roman12 point fontDouble spacedLast name and page number in right hand corner in headerHeading on the upper left hand cornerNameMs. StoneAmerican LiteratureDay Month Year of due date (11 March 2015)

  • Here is a sample first page of an essay in MLA style:

  • You made it to the end.P.S. If you show Ms. Stone that youve taken notes, you may get an extra point or two