research essay 62

6 Pages

Prompt

Ceremony and 30 Days: Living on the Navajo Indian Reservation address many issues that Native Americans must still confront today, including, but not limited to, the following: cycles of poverty perpetuated by the reservation system, the exploitation of natural resources on Native lands, and the reality of racism from both outside and within Native communities.

For this essay, you will select a topic that interests you, and then compose sustained research paper that incorporates the principles of summary/paraphrase and argumentation developed in the first essay and adds outside research (5-7 pages). Keep in mind that your topic must be specific to a Native American community or communities, and remember that the novel we read and the documentaries we have viewed are only a springboard for thinking about issues facing Native communities; your essay should not reference the novel as a source. Instead, your essay must reference at least 5 nonfiction print sources. Your essay may reference one or more of the documentaries we’ve viewed in this class, but again, the bulk of your research will involve print sources.

Possible Topics

  • Land rights & the exploitation of natural resources (e.g.uranium mining on Southwestern reservations, gold mining in the Black Hills, etc.)
  • Mass incarceration and policing of Native Americans
  • Lack of access to quality K-12 education on reservations
  • Equity gaps for Native American students in higher education
  • You may select your own topic, but you must contact me for topic approval. Please note that poverty is too broad a topic for such a short paper.

The following topics are not permitted: alcoholism among Native Americans; unemployment on Native American reservations; poverty on Native American reservations; or the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Structure

Your essay should include an introduction (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.that introduces the topic and ends with a clearly worded, 1-2 sentence thesis statement. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Each supporting paragraph (there should be at least 3) should begin with a strong topic sentence (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and should incorporate evidence, including direct quotations from one or more of the assigned articles. Direct quotations should be incorporated using the quotation sandwich method (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and proper MLA in-text citations (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. The essay should also contain a strong conclusion (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. The final page of the document should consist of a Works Cited (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.page. Tips for formatting electronic sources can be found here (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Formatting Tips

Your document should:

  • Be a minimum of 6 pages in length
  • Be typed and double-spaced, in Times New Roman font, size 12
  • Have 1-inch margins
  • Include a properly formatted heading and a title
  • A properly formatted Works Cited page
  • Include a Proposal & Annotated Bibliography
  • Give 3 peer review later

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