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ENGL 1101 - Patterson (Floyd, MW) SPRING 2013: Assignment

Assignment guide for Engl 1101

Research Project

English 1101 MW Persuasive/Analytical Essay Assignment


Write an effective, grammatically sound persuasive/analytical essay between 500 and 800 words in length, double-spaced, with 12 point font and 1 inch margins using MLA formatting for headers and running heads.  We will work on rough drafts and citations mechanics during class April 3 and papers will be turned-in by the end of that class session. Papers must also be submitted to by the end of class April 3.


This essay will serve as in introduction to research and MLA formatting as you will locate and cite sources of information to support your arguments. Your essay must employ at least TWO SECONDARY SOURCES, as well as parenthetical citations and a "Works Cited" page in proper MLA format – all of which are covered in Harbrace chapters 32 and 33 and about which we will discuss in class. Likewise, the Assignment Guide created by the GHC Library and located at will be very helpful. Any electronic source must come from GIL or GALILEO, and information on GALILEO citations is located at the online handout at .


Evidence of plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment.


As always, if you have questions about this process beyond our class discussions, contact me or the Tutorial Center.



Choose your topic from one of the following:


-How has online social media impacted U.S. presidential elections?


-What impacts do the arts (music, visual arts, drama, etc.) have upon academic achievement?


-Why has the cockroach species survived for millennia?


-What impacts do school uniforms have upon educational environments?


-Why has childhood obesity increased in the U.S.?

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