By the end of this writing project, you will be able to:
Develop an argumentative thesis that articulates a position on a significant issue
Use evidence from research to provide relevant background information, examples, and counter-arguments
Employ strategies of argumentation including making a claim, supporting claims with evidence, and identifying and engaging with alternative perspectives
Attribute and cite sources using signaling phrases, in-text citations, and works cited page
Apply genre conventions for a research-based academic essay including structure, design, formatting, language usage, and mechanics
Compose a text using the writing process by drafting, reviewing, collaborating, revising, and editing
The research-based argument is the culmination of your semester-long research project.
In this paper, make an argumentative claim on a significant topic; this claim should be developed and supported by summarizing, analyzing, and synthesizing perspectives from sources.
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 employing rhetorical strategies to convince your readers to agree with your stand on the issue or at least to believe in the soundness and reasonableness of your position.