Do not forget to cite your articles MLA style. Also, do not forget to number each quote and paraphrase on your paper and on the copies of the research.
Hand in thesis by May 24th, especially if you are doing the first topic.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016: Research essay. Here is the order: Assignment sheet with name on it (optional), final draft of essay, and copies of research. Number the copies of the research the way we discussed it in class (as we have discussed, this is not the same as citing your sources MLA style, which you also must do).
PURPOSE: The purpose of your argument is to persuade the reader to think a specific way. You will present your OPINION on the chosen subject and support that opinion with POINTS.
ESSAY STRUCTURE: This essay must have a title, an introductory paragraph, two or three or more body paragraphs that support the thesis, and a concluding paragraph. In each body paragraph, you’ll need to offer sufficient support for your points in an organized fashion.
THESIS STATEMENT: In your thesis, present your unifying element (claim) and two, three, or more subtopics. The thesis must be one complete sentence, placed at the end of the introduction.
Law-enforcement agents should not take action based on race alone because racial profiling is arbitrary, humiliating, and intimidating. Writer’s unifying element (central opinion): Law-enforcement agents should not take action based on race alone.
Writer’s three subtopics:
ESSAY DEVELOPMENT: Each of your body paragraphs should develop one subtopic, in the same order you listed the subtopics in your thesis. Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence (transition + unifying element + one subtopic (you may not have a transition in the first body paragraph). Then support the topic sentence supporting ideas (optional) and with plenty of specific evidence: facts, statistics, statements from authorities, examples, and personal stories. You may need to break paragraphs further into main points.
SOURCES and CITATIONS: outside sources, such as from your text, the Internet, magazines, journals, and newspapers are good. Avoid using Wikipedia, encyclopedias, and dictionaries in the essay. Cite all sources with in-text citations and a Works Cited page.
CONCLUSION: End your entire essay with a concluding paragraph that shows the broader significance of your subject—how it relates to the world at large or to your own life. You may suggest a solution to a problem raised in the essay or offer a prediction for the future.