ENGL 1302- - Portfolio 2 Research Project: Argument - - Topic must have opposing points of view—the purpose of this project is to take a position on your topic and support it with credible research and critical thinking. Briefly address the opposing point of view. The Reflective Overview describes the reasons for your rhetorical choices and assesses your writing process.

  • Conduct research using Bell Library databases and credible, well-known web sites, (e.g. Amer. Cancer Society, Amer. Lung Assn.); Wikipedia is not a credible source for academic research and will not be accepted
    • State a strong thesis (the main point you want to make about your topic) that clearly presents your position to the audience
    • Present opposing points of view—conflicting arguments about your topic
    • Offer evidence from credible sources that support your thesis—address the opposing side, but then put your spin on it.
    • Avoid using first person (“I”) except for direct personal experience.
    • Respond to research information with your critical thinking and reflection—think critically about the information you are presenting—analyze it—respond to it in 3rd person. For example--Writer using direct quote from source: In “Headed for Disaster,” the author asserts that “there are many environmental alarm bells such as melting ice shelves that signal global warming” (Smith 215). Writer’s critical thinking: However, Smith fails to address views of other researchers who believe that the climate is just in a natural cycle of warming. Maybe global warming theorists are jumping the gun. The writer has expressed an opinion using 3rd person and avoided using “I”
    • Cite in MLA format all sources (8 minimum) with in-text and works cited citations.
  • Portfolio 2: Required contents: Staple all parts together in this order:
    • Argument: Final Draft—MLA format-the heading on the first page must include your section: ENGL 1302.___; header (last name and page number) at top right of each page; Works Cited is the last numbered page. Use align text left—do not justify margins. Use the MLA model document at the MLA link on Course Content as a guide.
    • Reflective Overview

Assignment Requirements: Argument and Reflective Overview

  • Argument:
    • Length: minimum 6 pages of written text, separate page(s) for Works Cited; visuals (e.g. pictures, charts, graphs, etc.) are acceptable to support and illustrate points, but visuals do not count toward the 6-pages of written text.
    • Works Cited: minimum of 8 research sources cited in the text and on the Works Cited page. Do not use Wikipedia as a source.
    • Documentation Style: MLA—consult model MLA document at the MLA link on Course Content.
    • Font size: 12 pt.—no larger or smaller
    • Font styles: Verdana, Arial or Times New Roman only
  • Reflective Overview: attach separately after Works Cited
    • Length: minimum 2 pages, MLA format
  • The purpose of this overview is to use metacognition to reflect on your writing processes for this assignment and to address these points explaining the reasons for your rhetorical choices:
    • How and why did you choose your topic? Did personal experience play a role? Previous knowledge from friends or associates? Media influence? Other courses?
    • What was your planning process for this project?
    • How does this project fulfill the needs of your audience by explaining or questioning concepts, defining terms, presenting a logical flow of information?
    • How does your critical thinking contribute to the body of knowledge about the topic?
    • How have your research methods, choice of sources, writing style, evolved—changed—from previous writing assignments?
    • How does your documentation facilitate the audience’s understanding of the content?
    • How does the language used effectively convey meaning to the audience?
    • What was your greatest challenge from inception to completion of this project?
    • How would you assess your research and writing experience?
    • How can you transfer your research and writing experience/knowledge to different settings/situations beyond this course?
    • In what ways do you feel more confident about meeting the challenges of future writing tasks?
  • Grading Criteria--elements that contribute to your grade:
    • Clear introduction
    • Clear, arguable thesis
    • Adequate support for points
    • Multiple perspectives—reasonable opposing viewpoints
    • Critical thinking and reflection including personal experience and/or observation if relevant
    • Good organization
    • Effective paragraphing and paragraph structure
    • Smooth transitions between paragraphs; do not refer to the paper in the paper
    • Sources cited in-text and on works cited list
    • Correct MLA documentation and format
    • Correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, syntax
    • Metacognition—thoughtful reflection about your writing experience