Please note that the daily assignments are separated into a Research section and a Vocabulary section. I also add additional notes to the end of the day’s assignments. Be sure to read and complete all sections! All assignments are due by 11:59 PM to Turnitin.com. If you are having difficulty meeting this deadline, you need to discuss your situation with me individually and I will help you come up with a solution.
Here’s what you need to do to complete the Day 14 Research assignment:
Today, you will begin building your research paper.
- First, go to the Google drive -> Writing -> Videos and watch the video titled Building the Research Paper.
- If you have already saved the MLA Format Template Essay to your computer name “Yourlastname Research Paper,” open that file. At this point, all it has in it is your claim statement. You may skip to step 7.
- If you have not yet started using the template, go to the Writing folder on the Google drive and open “MLA Format Template Essay.”
- Save the MLA format template to your computer, titled “Yourlastname Research Paper.”
- Change the running header to reflect YOUR last name and update the four-line heading with YOUR information.
- Change the title placeholder to the title of your research paper (you can change this later if you feel the need to.
- As the first line of your research paper, type your claim statement.
Claim Statement Revision
If the topics you found in your research don’t really support the claim you initially created, you have two choices: 1) do more research and find notes that actually DO support your claim, or 2) revise your claim to match the notes you found. Option #2 is definitely easier and less time consuming – it is the option I would choose.
Some of you STILL have not looked at the feedback you received on the first claim statement and submitted a revision. THIS IS A MAJOR PROBLEM!!! If you try to build a research paper around a claim statement that does not work, you are destined to received a poor grade on the research paper. DO NOT take another step until your claim statement has been approved! If you submit your revision RIGHT NOW, I will try to get your approval to you by noon tomorrow so you can continue with Friday’s work.
- Put your cursor in front of the first (indented) word of your claim statement and type or copy and paste the paragraph you wrote yesterday with the background information and justification of your topic. If you put this information in front of your claim statement, your claim statement will become the LAST sentence of this paragraph. This paragraph is your introduction. YOUR CLAIM STATEMENT SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE LAST SENTENCE OF YOUR INTRODUCTION. Is your introduction perfect at this point? No, probably not. However, you now have something to work with.
- Read pages 42-45 of the Essay Guide about introductions and fix the introduction until you are happy with it.
- I would suggest that you try to merge at least 2 of the required 10 vocabulary words into your introduction. You may use words from ANY of the vocabulary units. Make sure you bold AND underline the vocabulary words so they stand out.
- Underline your claim statement (IT SHOULD BE THE LAST SENTENCE).
- SAVE your research paper onto your computer so you don’t lose your introduction!
Research Paper Rubric Activity 4 Answers
Here are the answers to the Rubric Activity. Please read the answers carefully and read the suggested pages in the Essay Guide.
- What types of errors can pull your LANGUAGE/CONVENTIONS score down to only half credit (or LOWER)? Errors in tense (verbs), agreement (subject/verb or pronoun/antecedent), 1st/2nd person (pronouns), contr. (contractions), abbrev. (abbreviations), MLA format, WC (Works Cited) errors. These are all items that are associated with MLA format and getting your essay in an appropriate formality for scholarly writing. You have received lots of feedback on your previous essays about your formality. Look at your feedback and don’t repeat your earlier errors.
- The LIMITED description for ANALYSIS says that if you fail to “integrate” your quotations that your grade will take a significant deduction. How do you “integrate” your quotations to avoid problems? You integrate your quotations by using appropriate, substantive lead-ins and commentary following a quotation that explains how the quotation supports the point you are trying to make.
Check your answers to Vocab 12 Syn/Ant and work on Vocab 12 CTS.
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