Overview. For this assignment you will examine your topic through the lens of researchers in the field. In breaking apart researchers’ central arguments you will explore your topic of interest. You will ask a question about your issue and carefully tease out the multiple perspectives. In analyzing current research in your field, you will summarize the authors’ main claims, evaluate their evidence and synthesize how the research relates to each other. As a thinker and writer, you will carefully look for patterns and trends within the research and expose any relevant gaps in the research.
In academic writing there are always multiple sources. You will pick at least 3academic scholarly sources, which are relevant and current to your topic, and analyze them. How do they corroborate each other? What was the source’s methodology for gathering evidence? How do the sources differ in claims and evidence? How is the evidence appropriate for the audience, context and purpose of the paper? How is the evidence adequate for the rhetorical situation? Which evidence clarifies the authors’ arguments? Which sources propose an alternative point of view?
Paraphrasing. Literature Reviews only quote sources rarely. Instead, paraphrase your sources accurately and clearly. Cite your paraphrase according to the citation method you chose.
Structure. Yourfinal revised draft will have 2-3 sectionsbased on themes you have located within your sources. Give each of these sections a title. In addition, you will have a final section, entitled, Future Research. Plus, the essay will show the complexity of the issueand expose your inquiry within the context of society-at-large. Academic inquiry is not an either/or situation; Academic inquiry exposes the many sides of an issue.
Thesis.For this essay, your thesis statement will include a road map for your essay. Tell us where you are going (2-3 themes for your subsections) and the path that future research should take.
Citations. Please choose the method of citation that you are most comfortable with (APA, MLA, or Chicago). You must provide in-text citations as well as a bibliography page, formatted according to the method you are using. Each method has its own rules and formatting. Please consult the textbook or the Purdue Owl for details.
Style, Length, and Related Matters. This is an academic assignment intended for an audience of your classmates and others who might have a professional interest in college education. In effect, you are joining a conversation about college education—and about the specific topic you are analyzing—with others who have an interest or stake in the topic. So you should write in a style that is appropriate for academic analysis.
That does not mean that you cannot use the first person (you can) or create a voice that engages your readers (you should); it does mean that your writing should not be conversational or casual. You should also follow the conventions of standard written English.
Your essay should be at least 1000 words in length. Please follow these guidelines:
Double-space the entire essay, including references. Please format your references in one of the standard citation formats that you are comfortable with, such as MLA, APA, Chicago, etc. For Newman, the bibliographic information in MLA format is found on the table of contents.
Use standard one-inch margins
Use a standard font (such as 12-point Times Roman). Do not use script-style fonts or fonts that are otherwise unconventional for academic purposes.
Number all pages.
Include a title on the first page.
Grading.Your grade will be determined on your ability to expose the complexity of the situation, to summarize, analyze and synthesize current research, to write with purpose for an appropriate audience, to structure and organize the analysis, to convey an appropriate voice, to follow appropriate style and conventions, and to attribute and cite sources. Please see rubric.
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