English Composition II: you are going to write a research paper

English Composition II: you are going to write a research paper. You will select your own topic by composing a research question which you will answer in your thesis and support throughout the paper by using cited examples from your research in your body paragraphs.

English Composition II: you are going to write a research paper

English Composition II
Research Paper
For your final assignment, you are going to write a research paper. You will select your own topic by composing a research question which you will answer in your thesis and support throughout the paper by using cited examples from your research in your body paragraphs. You must also write a conclusion in which you restate your thesis, and a “so what?” Lastly, you must include a works cited page. The question and topic must be posted in the accompanying thread on the message board and be approved by me.

Your paper must be double-spaced, 6-8 pages, use 12 pt. Calibri, Times New Roman, or Arial font, and follow MLA citation formatting. You must also have a works cited page.

Have a least four sources, with two or more of these coming from academic journals via One Search on the library’s website. You learned how to do through the library’s videos in the Research Paper Resources folder. The others should be from reliable sources, such as newspapers and magazines. If you are unsure if a source is reliable or not, please check with me.

Introductory Paragraph:

You should start your paper with a hook to grab your reader’s attention. (Remember, a hook is often a rhetorical question or a thoughtful, relevant quote.) After, you must also introduce your topic and provide any necessary context you think the reader may need to know. Lastly, state your thesis to end your introductory paragraph. Your thesis should specifically answer your research question.

Body Paragraphs:

Each body/supporting paragraph should begin with a topic sentence. Each paragraph must also have a cited example from one of your sources, whether it is a direct quote or a paraphrase. Lastly, after quoting directly from the text you must explain the quote to the reader in your own words. Additionally, A body paragraph cannot end with a quote. As always, do not use the pronoun “I” in these paragraphs.

Concluding Paragraph:

Your conclusion must begin with you restating your thesis. You may also briefly summarize the main points of your essay. Lastly, you must give a “so what?” A “so what?” is an explanation (2-5 sentences) in which you explain to the reader why the topic of your paper is important. This is often done by relating the topic to the reader’s life, a current event, or a real world example. For more information on how to effectively do this, remember to refer to “So What? Who Cares” by Gerald Graff.

Lastly, Feel free to refer to the sample research paper posted in Week 2 and in the Research Paper Resources module. You can also find a more comprehensive guide on the Purdue OWL website (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/).

Due Dates:

At 11:59 PM, a final draft of this paper will be due.

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