“Academic argument covers a wide range of writing. But its hallmarks are an appeal to reason and a faith in research. As a consequence, such arguments cannot be composed quickly, casually, or off the top of one’s head. They require careful reading, accurate reporting, and a conscientious commitment to truth. Academic pieces do not entirely tune out appeals to ethos or emotions: such arguments often convey power and authority through their impressive lists of sources and their formal style. But an academic argument simply crumbles if its facts are skewed or its content proves to be unreliable.”
In this essay, you will make your own argument about the social issue by providing clear reasons supporting your argument to change thoughts/opinions and/or explaining the actions to be taken. Your approach will also be significant. If needed, feel free to bring in references to popular culture, visuals, personal experiences, etc. if appropriate to help you connect with your audience – just make sure that none of these elements take the place of scholarly sources, and that you do not dip into using fallacies. Any of your free writing or any work done in just this course is fair game for inclusion in the paper.
For this second part of your research essay project, on top of what you already wrote for the literature review, you will be adding on 6+ paragraphs, 4+ pages to write an academic persuasive research essay in which you argue your position on one aspect of your topic in order to change the thoughts, opinions, and/or actions of the specific audience of your choosing. By the end of writing this essay, you should have at least 8 full min. + pages for final draft submission.
Research Essay Project Break Down
I know this can be confusing of how it can be 8 pages, so I will break down the pages for you. Keep in mind, the page numbers should be a more or less around those pages.
Page 1: Introduction (includes literature review statement and now adding your thesis statement)
Page 2: Literature Review synthesis
Page 3: Literature Review synthesis
Page 4: Literature Review synthesis & Conclusion to ONLY literature review and now adding the restatement of your thesis statement (do not copy and paste from intro. Give it a proper transition).
Page 5: Your argument/persuasion
Page 6: Your argument/persuasion
Page 7: Address at least 2 counter-arguments
Page 8: Your argument/persuasion to counter-arguments & final conclusion to ENTIRE ESSAY
Page 9: Works Cited
Audience & Purpose
Imagine that your readers do not agree with your position on the controversial social topic, so you must use a range of evidence (facts, statistics, expert opinions, examples) and appeals (pathos, logos, kairos, ethos). You have either one of these purposes:
Your purpose is to persuade your readers that your position is valid although you might not be able to change their opinion completely.
Your purpose is to persuade your readers to work for social change on the topic that you have selected.
Various articles online
Readings posted on Canvas
You already found sources to support your literature review. Now, you must found new research articles to support your persuasion. You must include and analyze supporting quotations from at least four new recent research articles (no more than 5-10 years). It is optional to include examples from your life, but just make sure that none of these elements take the place of scholarly sources, and that you do not dip into using fallacies
The research sources can include articles from magazines, newspapers, or academic journals. Use the library’s electronic databases to find articles (Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, SocINDEX, etc.). Two of your research articles must come from a library database and must be scholarly-peer reviewed.
You may also use credible, academic internet websites (i.e., Google scholar or .edu) and national news sites, such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and NPR. You may also use charts or other visuals in this paper.
Structure & Content Checklist
____ Write a creative, informative title for your essay; write an interesting, inventive hook as well.
____ Make any necessary revisions or changes based on my feedback for the literature review.
____ The thesis of your essay must clearly state your position on the topic and preview your argument specifically.
____ Use clear topic sentences and transitions to provide a structure for your essay.
____ Organize the supporting paragraphs by category, comparison, or order of importance (emphatic order).
____ Incorporate logical reasons, analysis of specific examples, and research to support your thesis.
____ Include one counterpoint paragraph.
____ Include two quotations from the research articles in every supporting paragraph.
____ You may include examples from life.
____ Remember to I C E : introduce, cite, and explain each quotation, example, or paraphrase.
____ Write a strong conclusion that summarizes the entire essay and contains a clear, reasonable call-to-action.
____ Use the academic-subject matter tone. Only reserve the use of first-person (“I,” “my,” “we”) for your life examples.
____ Edit and proofread your sentences so that they are as clear and correct as possible.
____ Include a properly formatted works cited page.
____ Format your paper properly: double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font.
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