Choose a topic that is of interest to you and begin researching it. Your topic should be TIMELY
and CONSEQUENTIAL. Your goal is to argue a claim, but you must remember that this is not
possible without learning MORE about the topic. You want to become a VOICE in the discourse
surrounding the ideas about the topic, so you must start with learning about as many facets
(other voices) of the topic as you can. Enter your ideas in the Googleshare document.
Continue conducting research and develop your claim. We often don’t know what we believe
about a topic until we begin investigating it- affirming or challenging our original perceptions
(and even prejudices). Use solid research to support to say something consequential about an
important and/or controversial topic; it’s not a history paper. Enter information about
something you’ve discovered during your research (that you didn’t know before) into the
REMINDER: 3 of your 5 sources must be scholarly sources.
Consider audience and your rhetorical stance – how do you and your lived experiences
connect with your topic? Your primary audience is your PEERS, a set of informed, intelligent folx
who want to hear what you have to say. Enter these connections into the shared Googledoc.
Consider the quality and integration of your sources. An argument is only as good as the
researched evidence you provide to support it. Avoid data dumping and choose the sources you
integrate wisely, using the most powerful elements of ethos, pathos, and logos to support your
claim. REMINDER: 3 of your 5 sources must be scholarly sources.
Work from multiple drafts. Revise your paper considering structure and tone and give your
paper several “run-throughs” before you submit. Refer to your invention strategies and designs,
and make sure that your introduction and conclusion paragraphs are effective “bookends” to all
of the development in the paper. Does each paragraph have a clear topic sentence and
transition? Do you spend enough time developing your subtopics? (Remember that there is no
magic formula to follow but every subtopic deserves space for development.)
Proofread and Submit your paper. Make sure that all your citations are accurate and correctly
formatted in MLA. Check from grammar, syntax, and punctuation. Just mercy the story should be integrated in the paper!!!!!!!