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English 102
Unit 4: Argumentative Research      
Spring 2012

Assembling your final research project:  So, you’ve conducted research and informed your reader about your subject in the form of a literature review.  Now what?  Complete the project.  Continue your writing by moving from the informative to the argumentative: take a stance on your topic and make an argument.  Then, assemble your project and include the following:

: In one to two pages, three paragraphs, introduce your topic, provide relevant background information, and explain why the topic you researched is important.  In the paragraph that provides background information, use two to three different sources to support your explanation.

Literature Review: Include your literature review – you already have this part completed.  If you need to revise, you can do so and include a revised clean copy for unit 4.  If you want your revised literature review to overwrite your original unit 3 literature review grade, highlight changes you made (with a highlighter or by underlining the text) and include the original when you submit.  You can also include your original graded copy (to save on printing) or just include the original (re-printed, without my notations) for a clean final unit 4.  If you didn’t complete one for unit 3, you can get partial credit for unit 3 with the lit review you include in unit 4.

Argument: Using your research (and conduct a bit more if you need to), write a five page argument connected to your literature review in which you argue a solution to your problem, the effects your topic has had in the world, whether existing solutions are effective, etc.  The nature of your argument will depend exclusively on your topic and the research you have conducted.  Let your research help you form your argument.  Use information from the mini-conferences and the one-on-one conferences with Borger.  If you’re still having difficulties, email questions when they arise. 

Methodology / Reflection: Using in-class writing responses & unit 3 reflection, write a two page reflection on the entire research, literature, argument process.  What assumptions did you start with?  What changed as you progressed?  What surprised you in the research?  How did you come to your final conclusion?  What helped you most in the process?  What might you change if you had to do over?  What might you use in future research / writing endeavors? Essentially, you’re formalizing the reflections we usually complete in-class when assignments are due and including it in the final product.

Works Cited Page: This will be the final page of your project – use the citations from the annotated bibliography without the annotated summaries.   Put sources in ABC order and make a bit of an effort to double-check any major errors (especially if I noted them on the unit 3 grade – come on now, don’t get lazy on me!).  Include any new sources that weren’t on original anno. bib. but that you may have used for argument.

Graphs / photos / images (optional): You can include either an appendix with additional information / graphs / charts / photos / etc. after your Methodology and before the Works Cited.  Or, you can include images / graphs / photos within the body of your text (either lit. review or argument).  Make sure to cite where images come from just as you would with quotes (use chapters 13-16, 18, & 20 in Everything’s an Argument for info on using images in arguments).