Essay should be 1,000 words due
Saturday October, 2013
essay should be clear and concise and about 1000 words.
must include a cover letter and an annotated bibliography
I was thinking about
something about poverty or parenting but The instructor says: First, you will choose a topic of interest that has two
opposing sides. Then, you need to research that topic in order to specify
the topic’s scope, so it can be easily discussed in a shorter, 1000 word essay.
The following overused topics may not be used in your essay:
gays in the military
mandatory drug testing
women in the military
Legalization of marijuana
This essay must include a minimum of five sources.
Three should peer-reviewed sources preferably from the APUS databases.
You may use eBooks; however, as discussed earlier this semester, books
generally are not as current as peer-reviewed articles. You may also use
primary sources (interviews, statistics, etc); however, these primary sources
should be obtained from experts within that field. If you cannot find
strong sources for your chosen topic, then change your topic. If you have
a question about the validity of a source, please email me, or post your
question to the open forum.
Make sure to include the following sections in your
Introduction and claim.
Within the body of your Rogerian essay, make sure to include
the following in any order:
The background for your chosen
The opposition – use an academic
tone, and do not show bias.
The strengths and weaknesses of your
Strong, scholarly research
Your claim – use an academic tone,
and do not show bias.
Discuss the warrants for your claim
and the opposition in order to find the common ground.
Show the common ground between your
opponents claim and your claim.
After you have written your essay,
please make sure to revise the content of your essay. Lastly, be sure to
edit your essay by checking grammar, format, and smaller technical
details. Please make sure your essay is written in third
The Cover Letter
Each essay due in this course needs to have a cover letter
(not a cover page). In letter for the Rogerian essay, I would like for you to
answer the following questions. Each response should be one paragraph (at
least three sentences), with the exception of question six. You may use first
person in your cover letter.
The questions are below:
1) What was the purpose of the
essay? In your response, explore the deeper meaning of this question. The goal
is not just to complete the assignment but instead to convey a message. What do
you plan to accomplish with this essay? What do you hope the reader takes away
from this argument?
2) What did you learn from
completing this assignment? Did you experience a new understanding of the
topic? Did you change your perspective after completing the research?
3) What difficulties did you
encounter during the research, writing, or editing phases of the assignment?
4) What did you enjoy about this
5) What made you decide to write
about this particular topic? Is this a topic that you are discussing in
another course? Is this a topic that concerns you in particular?
6) Is there anything else you would
like for me to know before reading your essay?
The Annotated Bibliography
An annotated Bibliography (AB) is due with your Rogerian essay. Using the MLA
guide, list each source as it will appear on the Works Cited page of your
essay. In two to three sentences summarize the text. I will be
checking for grammar as well. This is what makes it an “annotated”
bibliography. A sample is shown below.
Clark, Irene L. The Genre of
Argument. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1998. Print.
Clark's textbook identifies the major steps to developing a well-researched and
well-written argumentative essay. Professional essays are included in the
text as models.
Ward, Russ. Logical Argument
in the Research Paper. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace,
Augmenting the steps to writing an argumentative research paper is information
about proper documentation. The Toulmin System, an important aspect of a
well-planned paper, should be studied carefully.
Please view the uploaded rubric for more detail about how this essay will be
ENGL 102 Research Essay Rubric.doc