Should Homework be Abolished

Humanities

ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH PAPER

LENGTH

1,500-2,000 words (excluding references)

8 references

Cover Page

Reference Page

Write an essay taking the “for” or “against” side of any current issue. Assume that the reader has feelings opposite to yours and attempt to persuade the reader to adopt your point of view. You will do this by making a strong THESISstatement at the beginning and supporting that idea with at least 4 REASONS:

THESIS

Reason #1with evidence

Reason #2 with evidence

Reason #3 with evidence

Reason #4 with evidence

CONCLUSION

TOPIC

Choose a topic which is of interest to you. Narrow your topic down as much as you can—your paper will be more persuasive that way. Present a PRESCRIPTIVE thesis (what should/shouldn’t be), not a descriptive one (what is/isn’t).

TECHNIQUES

Use at least three of the following rhetorical modes for the supporting evidence that will develop your reasons:

narrative comparison/contrast description

causal analysis definition

OUTSIDE SOURCES

Use at least eight referencesor quotations from at least five outside sourcesto illustrate and defend your thesis. These must be chosen from at least three of the followingcategories.

Periodical (magazine or journal) Television program

Daily newspaper Government publication

Book (limit 2) Live lecture

Other Internet source Pamphlet

Personal interview (limit 1) DVD

=an expert, not an average citizen=

Support your opinion with inarguable FACTS. Give supporting evidence that is free of logical fallacies, assumptions, and biases. Naturally, your own commentary must be free of these weaknesses and above all rational and non-emotional.

DOCUMENTATION

Cite your sources using the APA style of documentation as shown in Rules for Writers (pgs. 158-191). Give parenthetical references within your text and include a “Reference” list at the end of the paper with full publication data on each source.

THESIS. Present a single statement (one sentence of reasonable length) that is the controlling idea of your essay. Unless you and I agree otherwise, this statement will appear word for word in the introduction of your essay.

OUTLINE. Present your approved thesis followed by 2 to 6 primary reasons that will support it. Each reason should consist of one complete sentence. No research materials should be included in the outline.

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Please follow paper guidelines.