Posted: March 24th, 2022
Research Paper Essay Instruction
As you make your way through the curriculum you will encounter the Research Paper. Refer to the following instructions and tips for composing your essays when you get to the assignment.
At least seven full paragraphs with 5 (ish) sentences each
Introduction, Body Paragraph 1, Body Paragraph 2, Body Paragraph 3, Body Paragraph 4, Counterargument, and Conclusion
5 direct quotes from your sources.
Arial or Times New Roman
MLA Heading (Top, Left Hand Side of the page)
Title that reflects your thesis statement.
Paragraph 1: Introduction/summary of your topic (chosen from the list I provided) and Thesis Statement: Your topic + What you believe + 4 reasons you believe your claim is true.
Example: Sports (topic) offered in high school have a positive influence (opinion/claim) because it teaches social skills (reason 1), time management (reason 2) , and healthy habits (reasons 3).
Paragraph 2: Discussion of first reason in your thesis statement supported with evidence from your sources.
Paragraph 3: Discussion of second reason in your thesis statement supported with evidence from your sources.
Paragraph 4: Discussion of third reason in your thesis statement supported with evidence from your sources.
Paragraph 5: Discussion of fourth reason in your thesis statement supported with evidence from your sources.
Paragraph 6: Counterargument: Discussion of what “the other side” thinks about your topic and how “the other side” is incorrect or less correct than you.
Paragraph 7: Conclusion—review of your major points, thesis statement and closing thoughts. You might add a call to action if you think some sort of action should be taken.
Works Cited Page: This should be the final page of your paper and should not share space with your conclusion and any other information from your paper.
Look over the sample essay. It will provide guidance for your writing. I have made notes in the sample to point out things I will be looking for in your essays.
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