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Persuasive Research Paper Assignment

Step I: Choose a topic and get it approved. Remember, if you do not get your
topic approved, you will not receive credit on your final paper!
Step II: Research find sources through online databases and in print. Unless
you have express permission from Miss K., you may not use any internet
source that is not .edu, .gov, or .org. That permission will be granted on a caseby-case basis. You will have only ONE class in the library - April 10th.
Step III: Write the paper.
Basic Requirements

4 full pages minimum, 7 pages maximum


Formal language (no you, no I, no contractions, etc.)
3 sources minimum, MUST be periodical or print sources
6 quotes minimum papers without proper citation will be given a zero!!
A minimum of 2 paraphrases ***REMEMBER you are not an expert in
any subject, so, any material not deemed common knowledge will be
labeled as plagiarized.***

Purpose the purpose of the paper is to show what you have learned about
both persuasive and research writing. Your goal is to both educate the reader
about your topic and to persuade the reader to your point of view. Remember
that you must incorporate elements from both types of writing (see rubric for
more details).
Format
Introduction & thesis (min. 6 sentences for each paragraph)
At LEAST 1 body paragraph explaining and educating the reader on
generalities of the topic (basic terms, general information, etc.)
3 body paragraphs discussing issues surrounding your topic (one issues
per paragraph at this point, you should be sticking to research style)
1 paragraph taking a stance on your topic convince the reader of your
point of view (persuasive style)
1 paragraph counter argument of your topic (about 3 sentences
discussing the counter POV, then no less than 3 disproving the counter
argument)
Conclusion
Works Cited

For this paper, you must turn in an annotated bibliography. Remember,


that each citation that you use in your paper must include an annotation of at
least 30 words to receive credit. If the works cited is not included with the
paper, plagiarism will be assumed, and zero points will be awarded.

Just as with the research paper, you must copy and highlight the
sections of your sources used in your paper. They must be turned in with the
rest of the paper. If copied sources are not included, plagiarism will be
assumed, and zero points will be awarded.
Finally, the paper must be turned in inside of a brad folder. Papers not
turned in inside of a brad folder will not be accepted for credit.
Point Breakdown
General MLA format

10 points

Length Requirement met

10 points

Introduction paragraph

10 points

Generalities of topic

15 points

3 body s

30 points

General persuasive

15 points

Counter Argument

20 points

6 Quotes

60 points

2 paraphrases

10 points

Conclusion

10 points

Works Cited

30 points

Organization/Conventions

20 points

Tone

10 points

Argument Devices (ethos, pathos, logos)

20 points

Sources copied and highlighted

30 points

**points allotments may be changed at any time without any notice**

Logically, since the paper is a culmination of each of the writing styles


you have learned this year, the paper will be worth more than any paper this
year. The paper will be worth 300 POINTS total. In addition to this being your
final paper of the class, consider this paper part of your final exam, since there
will not be an research or persuasive writing portion of the test.

Paper is due on 4/24


**Late papers WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT**