Assignment 1: Research Topics with Explanation

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Assignment 1: Research Topics with Explanation
Due Week 2 and worth 100 points

Read through the list of research topics (located in the Appendix), or by clicking the link here, on which to write a research paper. Select three (3) topics that interest you most and identify two (2) credible sources for each topic. Note: This is one (1) of several parts that will build toward a final draft of your persuasive writing research paper.

Write a one to two (1-2) page paper in which you:

  1. Explain the reason for selecting topic one (1), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement. 
  2. Explain the reason for selecting topic two (2), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement. 
  3. Explain the reason for selecting topic three (3), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement. 
  4. Identify and document six (6) credible sources (two (2) for each topic) that you would expect to use. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length. 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recognize the elements and correct use of a thesis statement. 
  • Associate the features of audience, purpose, and text with various genres.
  • Recognize correct APA documentation and reasons to document and avoid plagiarism.  
  • Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.  
  • Use technology and information resources to research selected issues for this course.

 view the grading rubric for this assignment below

Points: 100

Assignment 1: Research Topics with Explanation

Criteria

 

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

 

Fair

70-79% C

 

Proficient

80-89% B

 

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Explain the reason for selecting topic one, identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely explained the reason for selecting topic one, did not submit or incompletely identified the audience, and did not submit or incompletely provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Insufficiently explained the reason for selecting topic one, insufficiently identified the audience, and insufficiently provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Partially explained the reason for selecting topic one, partially   identified the audience, and partially provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Satisfactorily explained the reason for selecting topic one, satisfactorily identified the audience, and satisfactorily provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Thoroughly explained the reason for selecting topic one, thoroughly identified the audience, and thoroughly provided a preliminary thesis statement.

2. Explain the reason for selecting topic two, identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement.
Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely explained the reason for selecting topic two, did not submit or incompletely  A identified the audience, and did not submit or incompletely provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Insufficiently explained the reason for selecting topic two, insufficiently   identified the audience, and insufficiently provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Partially explained the reason for selecting topic two, partially   identified the audience, and partially provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Satisfactorily explained the reason for selecting topic two, satisfactorily identified the audience, and satisfactorily provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Thoroughly explained the reason for selecting topic two, thoroughly identified the audience, and thoroughly provided a preliminary thesis statement.

3. Explain the reason for selecting topic three, identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely explained the reason for selecting topic three, did not submit or incompletely identified the audience, and did not submit or incompletely provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Insufficiently explained the reason for selecting topic three, insufficiently identified the audience, and insufficiently  provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Partially explained the reason for selecting topic three, partially identified the audience, and partially provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Satisfactorily explained the reason for selecting topic three, satisfactorily identified the audience, and satisfactorily provided a preliminary thesis statement.

Thoroughly explained the reason for selecting topic three, thoroughly identified the audience, and thoroughly provided a preliminary thesis statement.

4. Identify and document six (6)   credible sources (two (2) for each topic) that you would expect to use.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely identified and documented six (6) credible sources (two (2) for each topic) that you would expect to use.

Insufficiently   identified and documented six (6) credible sources (two (2) for each topic) that you would expect to use.

Partially identified and documented six (6) credible sources (two (2) for each topic) that you would expect to use.

Satisfactorily identified and documented six (6) credible sources (two (2) for each topic) that you would expect to use.

Thoroughly identified and documented six (6) credible sources (two (2) for each topic) that you would expect to use.

5. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 25%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present



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ENG 215 – Appendices Appendix D: ENG 215 Topics for Persuasive Writing Research Paper These topics are to be used for Assignments 1-5. Assignment 1: Research Topics with Explanation Assignment 2: Research Proposal – Thesis, Major points, and Plan Assignment 3: Persuasive Paper Part I: A Problem Exists Assignment 4: Persuasive Paper Part 2: Solution and Advantages Assignment 5: Persuasive Writing Part 3: Possible Disadvantages and Answers Some topics focus on the entire county; however, other topics may focus on states, local areas, and / or businesses. Topics / Questions 1) Should taxes on people making over $250,000 a year be changed? 2) Should Transportation Security (TSA) regulations be changed? 3) Should regulations for home schools be changed? 4) Should funding for the U.S. space program be changed? 5) Should changes be made to the regulations for foods that are served in public schools? 6) Should changes be made to regulations for mental health drugs for minors? 7) Should regulations be changed regarding genetically altering plants and/or animals? 8) Should the Family and Medical Leave Act be changed? 9) Should taxes on alcohol and tobacco be increased to help pay for rising Student N medical costs? 10) Should regulations regarding the use of cell phones while driving be standardized? 11) Should the instant replay used in the NFL be applied to other sports? 12) Should regulations regarding payment of college athletes be changed? 13) Should minors who commit violent crimes be tried as adults? 14) Should child welfare regulations be changed? 15) Should DUI (driving under the influence) laws be changed? 16) Should sex offender registration laws be changed? 17) Should laws governing student laws be changed? 18) Should laws governing nursing homes be changed? 19) Should children of parents who do not allow them to be vaccinated be allowed to attend public school? 20) Should unemployment regulations and benefits be changed? 21) Should rules requiring all members of a jury to agree for conviction be changed? 22) Should financial incentives be offered to high school students to perform well on standardized tests? 23) Should the government offer tax credits for the purchase of hybrid or alternative energy vehicles? 24) Should the U.S. Government prohibit companies from outsourcing jobs to people in foreign countries that do not have unions and / or fair labor laws? 25) Should the U.S. government provide financial assistance to people whose retirement funds were invested in the stock of companies that may have used unethical accounting practices (e.g., Enron, Arthur Andersen, etc.)? 26) Should colleges and universities expel students who are caught cheating on exams and / or plagiarizing their homework assignments? 27) Should the U.S. prohibit trade with countries that have poor records on human rights? 28) Should vehicles (cars, trucks, vans, SUVs) be required to have backup cameras? 29) Should all U.S. students be required to take four years of foreign language in high school? 30) Should the state and / or federal government provide subsidies to organic farmers? 31) Should all states require motorcyclists and passengers to wear helmets? 32) Should state and local governments provide health insurance only for retirees who have served 20 years in government service? 33) Should your state or local government enact different laws regarding certain animals (e.g., pit bulls)? ...
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