ENGLISH 102: Critical Writing, Reading & Research Professor Ash Short Research Paper Length: 5-7 pages double spaced, MLA format, 12-point type, MLA Works Cited page Sources: Your sources should not be solely internet sources; be sure to access and utilize scholarly articles via your Montgomery College library database (sources need not be scholarly). Purpose: Identify and respond to a range of audiences; formulate a thesis to anchor development; analyze readings for direct meaning and for tone, audience and purpose; analyze arguments using logic and other appeals; use standard documentation procedures; avoid plagiarism; synthesize a variety of viewpoints to develop an individual argument position; develop and analyze arguments using logic and other appeals. Assigned Topics 1. Whether/ better health care for everyone make a better and stronger economy in the U.S 2. Should it be easier for people to become United States citizens? 3. What is the best way to ensure that new jobs are created in the United States? Be Mindful That… Your essay should have a clear introduction; paragraphs with topic sentences that each make a point connected to your thesis statement, and at least two (2) pieces of support (quotes, paraphrase, or summaries as we practiced in class) for each paragraph; and a conclusion paragraph that does not simply restate your thesis and/or introductory paragraph verbatim but rather properly summarizes your position (what you said in your thesis), emphasizes your purpose for writing the paper and even the significance of your research. You may also use your conclusion paragraph as an opportunity to let your readers know that you have addressed all of your intended points. Sample Conclusion Paragraph: a. Effective Transition from last body paragraph – Use transition words to signal your arrival at the conclusion paragraph; b. Discussion of implications for further research – Other areas that can use the same method – How your finds change the readers’ understanding of the topic – Discussion of areas in need of more detailed investigation.
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