8- to 10-page research project.
The assignment is a prewriting activity that requires your detailed
responses. The responses for almost every question should be
written in two paragraphs.
Please respond to the five questions below. Each
of your responses should be approximately two paragraphs in length:
1. Brainstorm five questions about your topic.
How is the topic important to you and how does it affect you? What do
you personally hope to gain or accomplish by writing about this topic?
Research your topic and provide a brief summary of the current points of
view about the topic. Share at least two different/opposing positions
on the topic. While this section asks for summaries of two others’
positions, write each summary in your own words.
Describe whom you might choose as your audience. Who are your readers,
and what are their needs, motivations, and influences? In what ways will
you need to structure your writing to appeal to them? Think about who
will need/want to read your paper. What do you need to consider about
those readers? Will they be open-minded or antagonistic?
5. What specific issue will you write about within the larger topic, and what unique angle will you provide?