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 15 Research assignment:
Today, you will continue building your research paper.
- Open your research paper file.
- Find your list of topics and decide which topics you will discuss in order to prove your claim.
- Today, you will turn the topics that you plan to discuss into topic sentences that identify the topic of each body paragraph and link to your claim statement.
- Read pages 46-53 of the Essay Guide for information about the topic sentences, organization of your argument, warrants and counterclaims.
A Note about Length
Your paper MAY or MAY NOT have three body paragraphs. Your paper should have however many body paragraphs are right for YOUR paper – there is NO one-size-fits-all essay formula. I’m going to be grading on the quality of your argument, so you need to discuss as many topics as it takes to convince me that your claim is correct. One person may need to discuss only two major topics; another person may need to discuss five. Look at your topic list for the answer. Consider the counterclaim(s) – you MUST address the counterclaim(s) that are appropriate for your topic. You may or may not want to specifically state your warrant (it may just be understood). Do whatever is right for YOUR topic and claim.
- Using your topics and the guidelines in the Essay Guide, create the topic sentences for each of the body paragraphs of your paper. Make sure each topic sentence introduces the topic for the individual body paragraph AND has a clear connection to the claim (see a labeled example on page 124 of the Essay Guide).
- Underline each topic sentence.
- SAVE your research paper onto your computer so you don’t lose your progress!
- Submit your paper (that contains your introduction and your topic sentences) to the “Research Paper: Revision 1” assignment.
Research Paper Rubric Activity 5
- Find your handout titled “Research Paper Rubric * British Literature *” or go to the Google drive Writing folder and download “Research paper rubric SP20.”
- Go to Turnitin, click on the Discussions tab, and answer the following questions about the research paper (the answers are found on the rubric) in the Research Paper Rubric 5 discussion.
- What WC (Works Cited) problem will toss your grade into the LOWEST LANGUAGE/CONVENTIONS grade category? Hint: look for the bolded items.
- What will happen to your ANALYSIS grade if you have “NO quoted evidence”? While it is true that MOST of your evidence will be paraphrased (more on this later), you MUST quote SOME of the evidence for your paper to be truly effective.
Check your answers to Vocab 12 Syn/Ant, and begin Vocab 12 CTS.
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Assignments: I will post the day’s assignments by 9:30 every morning.
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