WR121 Introduction to Academic Writing • Argument/Research Essay Winter 2013 Instructor: Donald Thompson Final Draft, with Peer Review copies & worksheets attached – due by Wednesday, 20 March 2013, before 5:00pm Length: 5 – 6 pages. Please follow the format guidelines in the syllabus. Important: Peer Review Draft Due: Wednesday, 6 March 2013 – Please bring three (3) copies to class. Peer Review Length: minimum of 4 pages. Yes, you do need to include your Works Cited Page. No, the Works Cited Page does not count towards the minimum 4 pages.
**Remember: If the peer review draft is late, or not submitted, it will result in a loss of 50 points. **
For this essay we will be doing background reading of selections on the broad subject of governmental drug policy and its consequences for society. This will include the recently issued (June 2011) Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Using your notes from the readings and class discussions identify a specific topic within the subject that is of interest to you, and then focus on a specific issue within that topic. What is a question at issue/point of disagreement? Answer the question to form a thesis statement that makes a strong claim, takes a strong position, or strongly advocates for a policy that you will argue during the course of the paper This thesis statement is to be in the form of a three-point thesis statement as discussed in class. The thesis statement should be incorporated somewhere in the first two paragraphs of your essay.
Part of the assignment is to research your topic. The idea of research is to both explore the topic and to find ideas and information that will support your claim/position and give you insight into points of view that are in disagreement with yours. The essay needs to be well reasoned with support from good sources, preferably peer reviewed. Please cite a minimum of six (6) sources, of which no more than two (2) may be original to the internet/web. These are meant to support your thesis as well as to provide information regarding counterarguments to your position.
If you are having difficulty focusing on an issue to research and write about please come in to see me. Among the elements that I will be looking for when grading the essay: • A good, strong thesis statement that makes a claim and/or presents a position, or advocates a policy. Thesis statement should be in the form of a three-point thesis statement
• The essay is well reasoned with good support from researched sources • The essay addresses at least one counterargument to your position in a substantial way • Logical construction of ideas • The essay is unified and coherent • The essay has well structured sentences and paragraphs • Good transitions within and between paragraphs • Vocabulary – Grammar – Spelling • Proper in-text citation with proper Works Cited page in MLA format – Essay has a good, informative title • A minimum of six source citations of which no more than two will be original to the internet/web • Overall, that the essay is clear and understandable and fulfills the requirements of the assignment
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.” -Zora Neale Hurston

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