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Using Research to Support an Argument about a Social Issue


Topic of The Paper : Examine how social media and/or the internet impact the way people perceive sexual activity and how it influences relationships and/or the way individuals perceive themselves, their worth, etc.

Key Requirements:

  • This paper must be typed, double spaced, font: Times New Roman 12 or Arial 10.
  • This paper must be at least 4 to 5 pages in length AND must be at least 1000 words long. This generally equals 4 complete pages. Do not exceed 5 pages. The Works Cited page is not included in the page count. If you do not meet the minimum length requirement, you will not earn a passing grade on the paper.
  • This paper must supplies evidence from at least four sources as outlined above that are timely, relevant, and credible through the appropriate use of quotes, paraphrases, and summaries of new information that was discovered.
  • Your research must be cited properly in MLA Format via in-text citations AND a Works Cited page.

Any plagiarism on this paper or any of the steps in the writing process will lead to immediate failure of this course, so please do not make that mistake.

The Writing Process

To begin your thought process for this essay, and to find a suitable topic, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What issue found in society deserves an argument made for it?
  • What is an issue I would like to learn more about in order to become better informed?
  • What issues matter to my audience, in addition to myself? (Your audience being your peers and instructor)
  • What is a timely, complicated, and controversial topic relating to the themes we’ve covered in this unit (see above)?

How is this paper graded?

I will grade your paper based on the following elements:

  • Proper essay structure, including a detailed, quality thesis statement that is based on the argument you are conveying to your audience.
  • Proper grammar, spelling, syntax, and sentence mechanics.
  • Appropriate academic tone.
  • A clear, thoughtful, sophisticated, intelligent, and well-supported argument, structured around a detailed thesis statement.
  • Clearly conveys research to the audience that logically supports the claim.
  • Provides detailed support for the reader in terms of what the issue is, and the possible solutions to the problem, including addressing (by refuting or conceding to) opposing views.
  • Supplies evidence from at least four sources as outlined above that are timely, relevant, and credible.
  • Appropriately quotes, paraphrases, or summarizes the new information that was discovered.
  • Exhibits effective ethos, logos, and pathos when detailing the argument.
  • Proper use of MLA in-text citations and a Works Cited Page are required. You cannot earn a passing grade on this assignment without these.

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