Essay 4: Research Essay Assignment
Optionally revised by Final Session
Using MLA or APA style format, type a 6-10 page (1,800-3,000 words) double- spaced Research Essay in 10-12 pt. font that asks and answers a research-related question. Thesis-driven arguments should fully develop a research-related topic using appropriate examples, and quotations. The paper should draw from at least 4 relevant sources beyond the primary text (5 total). Support from history, current events—newspapers, magazines, academic journals, books, literature/non-fiction, government publications, websites. Use no more than 2 of the same type of source material (3 from PGCC Library Databases). Submitting the research essay is a course completion requirement.
Consider your writing handbook. See research chapters and student examples (Hacker 358-543). See “Evaluating Sources” (Hacker 384; McWhorter 580-583). Late papers will most likely not be considered until after the class’s final session. Submit on time to have the option to revise. Maintain an objective point of view. Optional: access through SafeAssign (Blackboard plagiarism software feature).
To encourage students to give and receive advice concerning writing, and research.
Familiarity with important issues in current, as well as traditional composition theory.
Ability to accurately support arguments, quote and paraphrase responsibly within essays
Introductory ability to present documentation, and discipline-related findings.