WRITING PROJECT IV: Researched Argument Essay
This is where you will bring it all together and show what you have learned this semester. You will demonstrate
your skill in articulating complex ideas, examining claims and evidence found in your research materials,
supporting your ideas with relevant reasons and examples, sustaining a coherent discussion, and using standard
Assignment: Using the sources that you listed on your Annotated Bibliography, as well as any additional academic
sources, write a research-based argument essay of eight to ten pages.
Topic: Same as that for your Annotated Bibliography. No topic changes allowed! (Also, note that if you did not
submit a Proposal & Annotated Bibliography, you may not submit a final research paper for points. This is stipulated
in the syllabus.)
Project Learning Objectives:
Synthesizing research materials
Establishing a claim
Organizing a research-based argument
Developing your own argument using evidence consisting of expert opinion, facts and statistics, your own
experience and observations (if appropriate to the topic), and your analysis and evaluation of the ideas
found in your research
Integrating and documenting research sources
Integrating your own ideas with those of others
Using visual tools such as tables, charts, graphs, and illustrations
Purpose: To convince your readers to agree with your stand on the issue or to believe in the soundness and
reasonableness of your position
Focus: You can address your topic on a “local” level. The way in which you do this will depend on your specific
topic. You might relate it to Las Vegas, to a certain region, to UNLV specifically, or to university students in general.
This is part of audience analysis: you are appealing to the interests and concerns of your readers.
Audience: UNLV students who are uninformed and neutral about your argument/position
Sources: Five academic-level secondary sources. Newspaper articles, magazine articles, non-academic websites,
etc., may be cited in addition to, but may not replace, the five academic sources. You may also make use of
interviews and surveys. In other words, you may use sources that were not included in your Annotated
Bibliography, but they can only be added onto your existing pool of sources and not replace them.
A Graphic OR an Image: One or the other is required –
A GRAPHIC such as a table, chart, graph, or diagram:
Up to one page length requirement may be met by graphics
You may include more than one page of graphics, BUT the amount in excess of one page CANNOT substitute
for text in the length requirement
Font used in graphics must not exceed 12-point font
Tables, charts, and graphs are used most commonly to show numerical data or statistics
If you conducted a survey, you can use a graphic to show your results.
If you found a research source that supplies statistical data about your topic, you can put the data
into a graphic; don’t forget to cite the source of the data.
If you found a graphic in one of your research sources that you want to use, you can design a copy of
the graphic or, if it is an electronic source, you can download it or you can copy and paste it into
your document. Don’t forget to cite the source.
You may compose a graphic(s) yourself, or you may use one(s) that you found in your research materials.
An IMAGE such as artwork, an advertisement, a cartoon, or a news photo that communicates information or an
idea about your topic:
Images may account for up to one page of the length requirement.
You may include more than one page of images, BUT the amount in excess of one page CANNOT substitute
for text in the length requirement.
Visuals are used to relay opinion, inspire reaction, or influence emotion.
Tip: Use Google’s Image Search feature to find images related to your topic. On the Google home page, click
on Images. Make sure the image is professional and visible (not distorted).
Your GRAPHIC and/or IMAGE must be (1) labeled, (2) cited, and (3) referred to in the text before its
Required Length: 8-10 pages, up to one page of which may consist of ancillary graphics and images, PLUS a
“Works Cited” page – so that’s at least seven pages of text.
Thesis: Underline. Not only is a strong thesis emphatic and takes a clear stance, it should also provide grounds
under which you are convincing your claim to be true. (Think “because statement,” your reasons. This will also
assist you in your organization.)
Grading Criteria: See Rubric on WebCampus
Due Date: See Syllabus
Post in Webcampus, under the project’s link in RED.
Word docs only, no PDFs or Mac Pages.
Save/Save As and submit in the following format: "Lastname Firstname - Eng 102. SectionNumber"
You only get one attempt to submit, so be sure that what you post is your final draft.
*Note Due Dates for Components (Outline, First Draft, Second Draft)
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