Posted: April 23rd, 2016
English paper due 5/31
Ã‚Â Paper is on the 3 Strikes Law
This is our Ã‚Â“mini researchÃ‚Â” assignment — the last paper of the term.Ã‚Â The essay should be 4-8 pages long, argumentative, and include some research.Ã‚Â It must use MLA documentation style.Ã‚Â Basic MLA formatting rules apply:Ã‚Â 1Ã‚Â” margins all around, heading with your name, my name, class and date in the upper left-hand corner of the first page, a centered title (not underlined, put inside of quotation marks, colored, or in any other way different from the body text), 12-point Times New Roman font, etc.Ã‚Â It will also be accompanied by an issue proposal (worth 50 points) and a works cited page, also worth 50 points.
Chapter 16 (pages 267-301) deals specifically with writing the research paper, and is mandatory reading.Ã‚Â Page 301 lists some potential general topics that you can use, but note the Ã‚Â“exceptionsÃ‚Â” list below.Ã‚Â All of the topics listed on page 301 need to be narrowed down considerably.Ã‚Â You are not restricted to those topics.Ã‚Â When developing your topic, think in Ã‚Â“should/should notÃ‚Â” terms.Ã‚Â For example, instead of thinking, Ã‚Â“what is the impact of high tuition costs on higher education,Ã‚Â” think Ã‚Â“tuition costs should be lowered because doing so will allow greater access to higher education.Ã‚Â”Ã‚Â The Ã‚Â“shouldÃ‚Â” will force you into an argumentative position, and will prove helpful.Ã‚Â You can choose any topic narrow enough to be fully argued in fewer than 8 pages.Ã‚Â That page limit forces the exclusion of the following (you CANNOT write on any of the following topics):
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