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Research Project


Research Paper

Due October 26, 2010


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.

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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