Objective: To learn how to compose an analytical essay with an evolving thesis with multiple sources and at least one application of your idea to your own evidence. You will learn how to create your paper by being able to revise one of the 3 essays that you have written about the books that you have read this quarter, using the revised essay as one of two chapters for your research paper.
The required parts of your research paper are as follows:
- An introduction.
- One chapter (at least 750 words, the length of a 3 page essay).
- One chapter comprised of a revised version of your essay about Gladwell, Robinson, or Kolbert (at least 750 words, the length of a 3 page essay).
- A conclusion
- A Works Cited Section (MLA in-text citation format)
- A 250 word reflection and explanation, describing what you attempted to do in your research paper and how you incorporated the techniques that you learned over the course of the quarter.
Your research paper should be at least 2500 words (at least a 10 page essay) including all of the above.
Some Important Dates:
- At least a paragraph describing what you will attempt to do. This paragraph will include an explanation of how you will take your essay on Blink, Gilead, or The Sixth Extinction and expand it to cover a more in-depth analysis which includes an application of your idea to your own evidence.
- A working thesis.
- A list of possible applications for your idea (possible evidence that is yours and not in the texts).
Submit your proposal (Discussion Assignment Topic 5) by 11:30pm, Saturday 6/16. I will comment on your proposals by Tuesday 6/19 as long as you meet the deadline.
Submit your final draft of your research paper by 11:30pm, Friday 6/29. NO LATE RESEARCH PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. THE SOFTWARE WILL PREVENT YOU FROM UPLOADING YOUR RESEARCH PAPER AFTER 11:30PM. THERE IS NO GRACE PERIOD FOR THE RESEARCH PAPER.
Some suggestions for how to start and for how to write your research paper:
Begin by deciding which topic you want to pursue and essay to revise (Blink, Gilead, The Sixth Extinction). How you revise your previous essay will depend on your approach, topic and working thesis for the research paper. You can revise your essay to serve as a first chapter for your research paper where you will set up the problem or issue that you will be discussing and analyzing. So you will use your revision of your previous essay as a set-up for the second chapter which will emphasize your specific application of your idea. In other words your second chapter will be about applying your idea to your own evidence and your research paper will go from general (chapter 1 set up of issue/problem) to specific (chapter 2 application to your own evidence). Another way to organize your research paper is to set up your idea/problem in your introduction and then use your two chapters to serve as applications of your idea. In this case you will revise your previous essay to develop an application of your idea. The second chapter of your research paper will be another application of your idea.