Today, we will begin the research paper. There are several files with the research paper assignment provided in CTLS Resources as well as in the Writing folder on the Google drive:
Argument Research Synthesis Essay FA20.docx,
Research paper rubric FA20.docx,
Research Paper Timeline and Requirements SP21.docx.
If you wish to work collaboratively with a classmate (no more than 3 per group), you will need to let me know as soon as possible by filling out the Collaboration Contract at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-x3OL5-ROEmquMR_D8kYLUM3RZAT171EmpK7PWZ6M7tUODJVNjBWQUQwVDdSVDhEUDg5RVBOTVdTVy4u . The contract will not be valid until ALL persons working together have completed the contract. No more than three people may work together.
U4L4A1 Working Thesis
In the Essay Guide, read the section titled “Step 1: Create a Working Thesis” (pages 6, 8-11). There are lots of things to consider, lots of dos and don’ts, so read carefully. Your thesis/claim should be a SIMPLE sentence. It can be very brief – you don’t want your argument to be misunderstood.
From this point on, our Discussion Board posts will use the discussion section in CTLS. You can find the Discussions section in CTLS in the left margin, beneath the links for Home and Digital Sessions.
Post your working thesis to the U4L4A1 Working Thesis DISCUSSION BOARD. Remember – your thesis should be a brief, direct statement that indicates some change that needs to occur to make the world a better place.
Read over the claims that other persons/groups have posted and respond (Be nice! Be tactful!) to at least three of your classmates’ ideas. Help them by telling them why you think an idea may or may not work. (If you are the first person(s) to post, you will need to come back later in the day after more of your classmates have posted their ideas in order to respond to others.)
Read over the suggestions that your classmates have given you and determine whether or not you need to change or adjust your working thesis.
Once you have finalized your working thesis, go to the assignment in Turnitin titled U4L4A1 Working Thesis. Submit your one, simple statement of argument. I will provide feedback. If you are working with a group, please make sure the assignment that is submitted contains ALL members of your group.
U4L4A2 Research Paper Rubric Analysis
- Download the research paper rubric, titled “Research paper rubric FA20.”
- Download the file titled “Rubric Worksheet.”
- Use the rubric to answer the questions on the rubric worksheet.
- Submit your worksheet with the answers to Turnitin by 11:59 PM.