English 101, Sec. 11130 (Prof. Dodington) Essay #3 Project Instructions
Essay #3: Joining a Conversation You’ve Researched
Final Draft due: April 29th, 2016
Description of the Task
Write a researched argument about how technology (or social media) is positively or negatively affecting your future career field, your relationships to friends and family, children’s play, politics or social activism of our world, or another issue that you have checked with the professor.
This paper is your own argument, but you should take into account
what you’ve learned during this course: begin by showing the conversation your
paper is responding to (“they say”), have a clear thesis statement of your own argument (“I say"), include quotes and incorporate them smoothly, point out possible objections to your argument, use appropriate transitions, and explain why the issue matters.
You might also consider adding metacommentary (text Chapter 10) and finding ways to include your own voice, even though this is academic writing.
What do I have to do?
Description of Pre-Writing and Drafts of the Assignment and their due dates
1-page Proposal: Write a one-page proposal for Assignment 3, explaining what topic you’ve chosen and any others you’ve considered. Describe your decision-making process and think ahead to the research process: How will you investigate this topic? What sorts of sources will you look for? What questions or concerns do you have about the project? I will be looking for specific answers to these questions!
Due: Wed, April 6th
Working argument and thesis statement: Develop a working argument (conversation on technology) for Assignment 3, including both “they say” and “I say” components, and limiting the argument to no more than a paragraph or a short list of bullet points. End the paragraph with a Thesis statement that is one (1) sentence.
Due: Wed, April 13th with annotated bibliographies explained below
Annotated Bibliographies: Discuss and evaluate the minimum of 5 sources you’ve found for Essay 3 by writing 5 annotated bibliographies. (You may revise and use annotated bibliographies of two (2) of the authors we have read and discussed in our text. Three articles must be new research and analysis.)
Summarize each source briefly, explaining what “they say,” and write a short
response to each that includes an evaluation and what you say as well as how you might use these sources in a longer paper.
Due: Wed, April 13th with working thesis statement explained above
What must the rough and final drafts include?
Rough Draft Due: Fri, April 22nd
FINAL Draft due: Fri., April 29th
This guide is a collection of resources you can use to find information on your topic
If you are still developing your topic and only have one keyword go to the Background Information Tab to use sources to develop your topic and generate keyword
If you need detailed articles use the find articles tab and select a database to search
If you need help creating citation consult our MLA Guide
If you need to keep track of your citation and research use Easybib