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Argumentative Paper: Definition
"The argumentative research paper consists of an introduction in which the writer clearly introduces the topic and informs his audience exactly which stance he intends to take; this stance is often identified as the thesis statement. An important goal of the argumentative research paper is persuasion, which means the topic chosen should be debatable or controversial." -Purdue Online Writing Lab
NEW: Writing Argumentative/Persuasive Papers -Roane State
Each student has chosen a topic from the list provided by Ms. Karnes.
RESEARCH PAPER REQUIREMENTS
English 10 / 11
The paper must be 5-6 pages in length on the topic from the list you chose in class and I approved. Write at least five full pages.
You must have at least four sources. You may have more than four sources if you like.
- Any internet sources must be from .gov or.edu sites. Do NOT use .com sites as sources.
- One source must be from a periodical (magazine, journal).
- On-line periodical sources count as a periodical source, not as an internet source.
- One source must be from a book (on- line books are considered a book source as well)
- The other two sources are up to you. However, you may not use .com sources. These will not count as sources and points will be deducted.
The paper must follow MLA format.
- Double Spaced
- Font Size 12
- Header on Each Page
- Parenthetical Citations
- Works Cited Included
All other MLA guidelines must be followed such as those regarding quotations. See your Brief Handbook for guidelines and a sample research paper. Points will be deducted for incorrect format of the research paper.
Student Class Notes:
· No Wikipedia sources allowed at all.
· .org sites are allowable unless it is Wikipedia. Do not use this source. Points will be deducted if you do so.
· Consider encyclopedias as starting points for your research to direct you toward other reliable, scholarly sources on your topic.