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Research Project


Research Paper

Due May 2 (Rome Campus)


Choose a controversial topic and write an argumentative paper (1000 – 1500 words).  You may choose to use your persuasive essay that you completed in this class.  If you do, you will need to edit it completely.  Since this is a research paper, you must use sources to support your thesis.  MLA format is mandatory.

Papers are due on May 2.  ALL papers should be emailed to me by mightnight.

The following is the criteria by which the paper will be graded:



  •  MLA format
  •  Proper introduction
  •  Body paragraphs
  •  Proper content 


  • Supporting details
  •  Your opinion
  •  Appeals (attempt to use all persuasive appeals)

o   Logos

o   Pathos

o   Ethos


  •  Punctuation
  •  Grammar usage
  •  Mechanics
  •  Spelling and diction
  •  documentation

Sources (at least 3)

  •  internet source
  •  books
  •  periodicals
  •  other written sources



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