A draft introduction for your paper that includes some context on your topic and your planned thesis statement/argument about your topic. A topic is general; a thesis statement is a specific argument about a topic.
At least 3 specific research sources (NOT from the textbook) sources where you will find information to support your thesis statement. A specific source is a book, an article posted at a website or a webpage containing specific information. A general website, such as census.gov is not a specific source. You should explain how each these sources will be valuable to you in supporting your argument.
An explanation of a counterargument that will be a part of your paper. This should be an explanation of how one might argue against your thesis, and your rebuttal of that counterargument.
Research Sources: You must use at least 2academically-appropriate research sources in this assignment. Your research sources must be college-level sources. You MAY NOT use the following sources:
Dictionaries (online or in print)
Encyclopedias (online or in print)
Papers written by other students (online or in print)
For information about appropriate sources, visit the Handouts and Help at the Blackboard class site.
Be sure to use in-text citations for ALL quotes and examples from the text. In addition, you MUST have a Works Cited page at the end of your writing assignment.
Do not use first person (I, we, us, our) or second person (you, your, you’re). Academic writing often requires the use of third person and a formal tone; in this course, I want you to practice this type of formal writing. College-level papers should always be written in third person, using a formal tone, unless the assignment/professor specifies otherwise.