Thursday, June 5, 2014

Research paper instructions

Final copy due: Beginning of class Thursday, June 12, 2014
Rough draft due: Beginning of class Monday, June 9, 2014

Topic: Is Benghazi a scandal? Take a position one way or another and argue it, with evidence.

Audience: Average, high-school educated adult American who may know little or nothing about the Benghazi situation

  • Three pages typed, double-spaced, in MLA format
  • At least three sources cited in paper and included in Works Cited
Suggested outline:
  1. Introductory paragraph including main idea, thesis statement, and information on why the topic is relevant to your reader
  2. One to three paragraphs briefly summarizing the events of Sept. 11, 2012, and the events that followed as a result; choose these events carefully to support your main idea
  3. One to three paragraphs explaining why the situation is or is not a scandal; use or refer to concrete details to make your case
  4. One or two paragraphs bringing up the other side of the argument and shooting it down
  5. Conclusion reiterating whether or not it is a scandal and making concrete suggestions on what should be done from this point onward
  6. Works Cited page with at least three sources
For next time: Bring your rough draft to class ready to workshop the paper on Monday, June 9.

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