Length: 1500 words (but quality over quantity)
Grade Value: 250 Points (25% of overall semester grade)
Late papers will receive a letter-grade reduction for each day they are late (starting at 6:01 p.m. of the due date).
This assignment has developed from a series of other assignments: interest inventory, narrowing your topic, etc.
For the final paper, you need to write the best draft you can, which means that you should have a clear purpose
(an argumentative thesis) and plenty of evidence from quality sources that supports and develops your thesis.
The module for this week provides excellent guidelines for writing the final draft of your research paper,
including organization strategies, exercises for refining your thesis, tips for achieving the proper tone, advice on
writing introductions, advice on writing conclusions, and handling quotes properly. Furthermore there is revision
advice: revising for purpose, thesis, and structure; revising for language (VERY important); and preparing the
final draft (avoiding common mistakes).
Other required elements of your essay:
- An interesting and relevant introduction
- An effective thesis statement incorporated into your introduction (last sentence)
- Strong topic sentences and body paragraphs
- An excellent conclusion
- Impeccable grammar, mechanics, and style
- Correct MLA format