ENG 101 (Dyson)Summer Session I, Summer 2020Paper Assignment #2: Researched ArgumentDate Assigned: 24 June 2020Date Due: 11 July 2020 (and see below)Length: 4-5 pages Sources: 2Due Dates:-Friday, 26 June: Email me with your tentative topic for the paper. One or two sentences is fine. -Before class on Tuesday, 30 June: Email me your one-page outline or prospectus and your one-page counterargument.-Friday, 3 July: Email me your two annotated bibliography entries.Monday, 6 July: Email me a current draft by noon.-Saturday, 11 July: Final due via email no later than 11:59 pm.Topics:You are free to choose your own topic. I have two requirements: the topic must be debatable (i.e., there must be an ongoing debate/discussion about it); the topic must be research-able (i.e., it needs to be something that people are actually talking about/writing about). You absolutely can do a typical topic like abortion, the death penalty, etc., though I encourage you to find something that you care about. One question you might want to ask yourself is, What is something I would like to change about the world/the country/my community?Note that you dont have to take an extreme or hard-line position on your topic. If youre looking at health care, for example, you dont necessarily have to argue that all health care should be free to everyone all the time. You could argue in favor of more services being covered under insurance or you could argue that there should be a cap on how much you could be charged, etc. You are allowed to have strong, even extreme opinions; you arent obligated to take such positions, though.Since you will need to have two secondary sources for your paper, before you start writing, you might want to do a little preliminary research to find out if people are writing about your topic.Reach out to me by Friday with your thoughts about your paper topic.Prospectus and Counterargument:Both due next Monday, your prospectus and counterargument should each be about one page long, double spaced.A prospectus is a short document that details what you are going to write your essay about. Shoot for two to three paragraphs and provide the following information: your tentative thesis, source material you might use, your overall goal with the paper. Note that this is a less formal assignment than the essay itself. Feel free to use I all you like and to say things like I am interested in such-and-such and I am not sure right now, but . . ..If you prefer, instead of a prospectus, you could do an outline with bulleted items and such. Ill still want to see a tentative thesis if you do this, though.Also due next Monday is you counterargument. The counterargument should be a one-page document written from the perspective of a position opposite (or close to opposite) your own. For example, if your essay is going to be about lowering college tuition, you will write one page arguing against lowering tuition.When you get to writing the actual essay, I will want at least some discussion of the other side of the argument. This exercise is designed to help you become more sympathetic with your opponents.Annotated Bibliographies:Due on 3 July, you will send me two annotated bibliography entries, one for each of your sources. We will discuss bibliographies next week. For now, note that an annotated bibliography for a source is the publication data (literally the same thing as a single works cited entry) followed by a one-paragraph summary.Draft:Drafts are due on Monday the 6th. Please send me what you have. Im not expecting a complete draft but, the more you send me, the more feedback I can give you.Final:The final draft is due on Saturday, 11 July.Keys to Success on this Paper:-Have a clear and strong thesis that concisely but strongly states your position.-Have an introduction that is attention-seeking or grabby. Tell a story: if youre writing about immigration, talk about someone who has emigrated to the US; if youre writing about health care, talk about someone who has exorbitant medical bills. Your intro is where you establish rapport and connection with your audience. Its the best time to employ pathos.-Make sure that you include at least some discussion of the other side of the argument. One common way to do this (though you dont have to do it this way) is to start your second paragraph by stating the opposing viewpoint, then responding to it as a way to launch your own argument.-Cite both sources at least twice. Refer to the sample MLA paper we looked at in class (or ask me) if you have any citation questions. -Sources need to be legitimate. You dont have to use the databases that are accessible through theUMB library but, if you do, you wont have to worry about whether or not a source is legitimate. Things like Wikipedia andprocon.org are not thorough or professional enough to use in college-level writing.-Make multiple arguments (2-4) in support of your thesis.-Include a conclusion that doesnt just end your paper; give us direction, motivation, purpose in your conclusion. Assume that, by the end of the paper, your audience agrees with you and is on your side. Give the audience something to do: tell them to contact their members of Congress, to vote, to contribute to particular charitiesanything that will help them move from your words to action.-Include a works cited page. Refer to the sample MLA paper (or ask me) if you have any issues.Please contact me, at any time, as often as you like, at any point during this process, if you have any issues at all.
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