Writing Assignment 3: The Argumentative Research Project

According to Lunsford & Ruszkiewicz (2009), an academic argument is a written argument based on research and uses evidence that can be documented. Additionally, an academic argument "makes a clear, and compelling point in a formal, objective and often technical style" (p.367). For our final assignment you will bring together the research you have completed throughout the semester to write an argumentative essay and create a multimodal presentation about your topic. The essay will be completed individually, but the presentations will be in groups of 3-4.

Essay Requirements

The essay should be 6-8 pages in length and formatted according to APA guidelines. You will also need to include a references page in correct APA format. The essay will be due Thursday, April 24th on blackboard by 11:59pm. Part of your grade for this assignment will come from participating in an in-class peer-review workshop and attending a conference with Rita and me. Please keep the Argumentative Guide and the following key ideas in mind when drafting your essays:

  • What is your claim (thesis)?
  • Think about your audience(s)
  • Consider rhetorical stance and purpose
  • Organization is key
  • Include in-text citations!

Presentation Requirements

For the second part of this assignment you will work in small groups to create a multimodal presentation which brings together elements from your individual research. I would suggest you work with classmates that have similar topics, but ultimately this decision is up to you. The groups will have 3-4 members and you will present for approximately 10-15 minutes in class. Remember to consider style and tone when creating your presentations, and don't forget to rehearse! Below are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Select your group members carefully and meet regularly to work on your presentation.
  • Consider the message you want to convey to your audience.
  • Consider the medium: PowerPoint, Prezi, PSA, Posters, etc.

The presentations will take place on Monday, April 28th and Wednesday, April 30th. Please be prepared to present by the 28th!

Here are the rubrics I will use for this assignment: Argumentative Research Essay rubric and Presentation rubric