Essay 4: Adolescence



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Essay 4: Adolescence
For this essay, you will choose a specific topic that interests you about adolescence. Through reading and discussion, you should have some ideas from which to begin your brainstorming and topic narrowing process. Sign up for a topic you are interested in because your purpose here is to become a quasi-expert so you will know enough to then either inform or persuade your audience about the topic. You might use compare and contrast, analysis, cause and effect, or a combination of expository writing modes to accomplish this task. On the other hand, if you feel strongly, you may use persuasion, which means you must consider the other side as well, of course. In any case, you will need to employ the experts (including some primary sources), read and annotate all of your sources very carefully, and use them as evidence for the claims you make. All sources must be by experts (professionals) in the field you select or an organization that employs experts in the field. The thesis that drives this essay must clearly demonstrate the purpose you have selected for this essay. Be sure to consider things like independent and dependent variable possibilities as you do your research.
English 99/101 Requirements:

  • This essay should be 4-6 pages in APA format (1” margins, double spaced, Times New Roman 12) not including the references page and cover sheet.

  • Include a references page and cover sheet in APA format.

  • Find, annotate, and use a minimum of 3 quality academic sources.

  • Include several short quotes and paraphrases and possibly a long quote (but not more than two long quotes).

  • Be careful to maintain control of your essay by using the evidence to support claims made by you.


English 102 Requirements:

  • This essay should be 8-12 pages in APA format (1” margins, double spaced, Times New Roman 12) not including the references page or cover page.

  • Include a references page and cover page in APA format.

  • Find, annotate, and use a minimum of 8 quality academic sources, and do at least 2 relevant interviews with people who have a reasonable level of experience. Ask quality, pertinent questions.

  • Include numerous short quotes and paraphrases and one long quote (but not more than two long quotes).

  • Be careful to maintain control of your essay by using the evidence to support claims made by you.

  • All of these sources and those you reject must be included in your annotated bibliography along with all sources from essay 3.

If you find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed by your research, set it aside and free-write about everything you know so far to help you recognize your opinions and develop your own claims that you can then support with your research. This can also help you to discover areas where you need to do a little more research or help you to fine-tune the focus of your research to make it more specific.


Your timeline is on your calendar. Check it carefully and fill it in below:

Brainstorm, audience discovery, thesis, and proposal due by_____________

Writing Plan due by_____________

Draft 1 round robin/peer workshop including references page and cover sheet! due by_____________

Draft 2 (seminar draft) including references page and cover sheet! due by_____________

Draft 3 (read aloud workshop) including references page and cover sheet! due by_____________



Final draft packet Due:__________________
Important notes about research:

  • Since this essay is based on research done by you, you will need to be extremely diligent about the quality of your sources and how you use them.

  • Remember, you must use all sources with integrity, meaning that you do nothing to spin the original meaning even if it doesn’t support your claim. Spin-doctors are for politicians, and politicians are guilty of logical fallacy on a regular basis.

  • Annotation of all sources as well as verification of the expertise of the author is an important part of your research process. This becomes even more important when you use internet sources that are not from our library databases.

  • For your final draft packet, you will be expected to turn in your annotated copies of all sources. Anything you have quoted or paraphrased should be highlighted in the source (not in your essay). If you have a very long source and are only using a small portion of it, print only the first and last pages of the document and the portion you are actually using. Likewise, if you are using a book source, copy the title page, the copyright page, and the chapter or section you actually used. This allows you to annotate the necessary parts and still save trees in the process. 


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